William F. Grodski

William F. “Willie” Grodski, 86, of Winter Springs, Fla., passed away at home March 19, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Born in Riverhead to Benjamin and Stephanie (Kobylenski) Grodski, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene (née Waski), son, Bill (Joan), grandson, Andrew, and sister Dotsie Sousa. He was predeceased by his brothers, Stephen, Tony, Vincent, Stanley and Benjamin, and sisters Josephine, Charlotte, Helen, Alice and Florence.

Willie was best known for his athleticism, being inducted into the Riverhead High School Athletic Hall of Fame for accomplishments in football, baseball and basketball. His career continued after graduation, playing all three sports for the Riverhead Royals. He also starred at first base with the Riverhead Falcons semi-pro team, playing their home games at Riverhead Stadium.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at the St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church cemetery in Riverhead.

Please consider a memorial donation in Willie’s name to hospice or your favorite charity.

Arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home of Mattituck.

This is a paid notice.