Longtime Greenport resident Richard K. Kearns died June 15 at his home. He was 84.
The son of Irene (Shaffalen) and Richard Kearns, he was born Sept. 2, 1932, in New Kensington, Pa.
He attended Adelphi College and served in the U.S. Navy for five years, achieving the rank of boatswain’s mate 3 and receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
In the early 1980s he bought the Oyster Factory Restaurant Building on 5th Street in Greenport and barged it to its present location on Atlantic Avenue in Greenport. The building houses Gladys Brooks Medical Village and Kearnsport Marina, which Mr. Kearns owned for 26 years.
Mr. Kearns enjoyed sailing, sailing in two races from Newport to Bermuda and winning many awards at Setauket Yacht Club.
Mr. Kearns is survived by his wife Joyce, whom he married Oct. 30, 1960, at Infant Jesus Church in Port Jefferson. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Fleischman, of Elkhart, Ind. and his sister-in-law.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, June 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the funeral home, Father Richard P. Hoerning, officiating. Burial with Navy Honor Guard will follow at the Bohemian Union Cemetery in Bohemia.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.