Jesse Robinson Goodale II, lifelong resident of Riverhead died Dec. 20, 2014. He was 97.
He was born Aug. 13, 1917 in Aquebogue, son of Robinson J and Lavinia O Goodale.
Jesse graduated from Riverhead High School in 1934 and went on to serve in the National Guard. Soon after, he married Mary Lupton and raised five children in Aquebogue while continuing his fathers potato farming business with his only brother Harold. In 1948 he founded Riverhead Building Supply with his brother Harold and uncle Percy Ketcham.
Jesse was extremely involved in his community. Throughout his lifetime he was chairman of the Aquebogue Board of Education, president of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce (where he received many tributes culminating in the Lifetime Service Award and president of Central Suffolk Hospital (now called Peconic Bay Medical Center). He was also the Suffolk County chairman of the Salvation Army and very active in his church, Old Steeple Community Church, where he was caretaker of itscemetery for 55 years.
During Jesse’s retirement he created the Riverhead Litter Control Volunteer program where he organized residents to “own” a street and keep it clean on their watch.
Jesse did make time for fun and established himself as an excellent bowler, golfer, tennis and ping pong player. He also had a love for seashells and made beautiful shell boards for friends, family and local businesses.
Predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Mary; Jesse is survived by his brother, Harold of Riverhead; and five children, Diane (Roman) Sadowy, Carol (William) Cambi, Jesse R. (Donna) Goodale III, Russell L. (Cathy) Goodale and Edgar F. (Nancy) Goodale all of Riverhead. Fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive him.
The family will receive visitor Sunday, Dec. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral Service will be held Monday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue.
Memorial donations in Jesse’s name can be sent to Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue or Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.
This is a paid notice.