John K. Kobylenski

04/10/2012 3:50 PM |

John K. Kobylenski of Riverhead died April 5, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Aquebogue. He was 89.

He was born in Riverhead Oct. 12, 1922, to Konstanti and Julia Rose Kobylenski. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, and was the owner of Polish Town Liquors Inc. for 42 years.

He had been a member of Riverhead Fire Department’s Eagle Hose Co. since 1949 and was also an ex-captain. He also served on the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals for 31 years, and never lost a case. John was involved in many semi-pro athletic organizations on Long Island including many championship softball teams, and won a league batting title one year with a .500 batting average. He was a charter member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, a Yankees and Giants fan and an avid hunter, fisherman and clammer.

Predeceased in 2009 by his wife, Hedwig (née Simma), known as Hedi, he is survived by his daughters, Joanne Crawley of Westport, Conn., and Lynn Kobylenski of Aquebogue, and his grandsons, Chip, Peter and Drew Crawley.

Visiting hours and a firematic service were held at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead Monday, April 9. A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, April 10, at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Cremation was private. Interment at Calverton National Cemetery, with military honors, will follow at a later date.

In memory of John, the family suggests donations to Brookhaven Hospice Development Office, 101 Hospital Road, Patchogue, NY 11772 or Kent Animal Shelter, 2259 River Road, Calverton, NY 11933.

This is a paid notice.

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