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04/22/14 4:05pm

Longtime Riverhead resident Donald W. Highland, formerly of Bay Shore, died April 21, 2014 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 82.

He was born Nov. 17, 1931, in Jamaica, Queens to Albert and Edith Highland. Mr. Highland owned Don Highland Floor Waxing in Bay Shore and was a former school crossing guard for Pulaski Street School. He was also a senior active member of Bay Shore Fire Department.

Mr. Highland is survived by his wife, Geraldyne (née Vidal) of Riverhead; his daughters, Deborah (Richard) of Setauket and Donna of Middletown, N.Y.; his grandsons, Chris, Matt (Laurie) and Kyle; and his brother, Richard of Bay Shore.

The family will receive visitors, Thursday, April 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Cremation was private.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Foundation.

This is a paid notice. 


04/22/14 1:13pm

Nancy H. Dillingham, a lifelong resident of Aquebogue, died at home with family by her side after a nine-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 65.

She was born in Greenport’s Eastern Long Island Hospital July 2, 1948, to Marion (Wells) and Robert Dillingham. She graduated from Riverhead High School in 1966 and SUNY/Oneonta in 1970 with a master’s degree. Nancy returned to Aquebogue and taught at Hiawatha Elementary School in the Sachem School District for over 10 years. In 1981, she bought the Aquebogue Machine and Repair shop from her father and continued to manufacture electrophoresis apparatus equipment used in DNA testing until October 2013, when the business was closed.

Through the years, Nancy was active in the local Suffolk chapter of National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, serving in many capacities, including regent. She also held DAR offices at the New York State and national levels and was deeply committed to the support of the Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.

Old Steeple Community Church has been the recipient of years of support and services from Nancy’s working hands and contributions. She held many leadership roles at the church and loved the members as though they were family. She also served on the board of Aquebogue Cemetery Association, maintaining its records.

While growing up, she was able to see almost all 50 states as her parents belonged to the Airstream Travel Trailer Club. She enjoyed visiting and learning about historic sights all over America.

Nancy appreciated women’s sports and developed a love of women’s basketball. She was a season ticket holder for the Women’s National Basketball Association New York Liberty team. She also attended many National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four competitions and supported her beloved University of Connecticut Huskies.

The plight of abandoned and feral cats was one of Nancy’s great concerns. She loved all animals, but cats held a special place in her heart. Personally she trapped, spayed/neutered and released many feral cats near her home in Aquebogue. Several stayed close by as she continued to feed them. She supported the North Fork Animal Welfare League and Kent Animal Shelter.

In addition to her loving spouse, Janet Wright, Nancy is survived by Janet’s daughter, Heather Barrett and her family of Pine Bush, N.Y.; daughter Helen Figueroa and her family of Chenango Forks, N.Y.; and son Henry B. Cook III and his family of Binghamton. Nancy is also survived by her father, Robert Dillingham; her brother, Bruce, and his wife, Anna, of Atlanta; her nieces, Coleen Lowe of Stirling, Mass., Cheryl Abrahamian of Atlanta, Jill Fitzsimmons of Granby, Conn., and her nephew, Ryan Dillingham, stationed in the United States Air Force in Turkey, and their families. She was predeceased by her mother, Marion.

The family will receive visitors April 24 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Friday, April 25, at noon at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue, officiated by the Rev. Arlen Vernava. Interment will follow at Aquebogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Old Steeple Community Church, P.O. Box 154, Aquebogue, NY 11931; North Fork Animal Welfare League in Southold; or East End Hospice in Westhampton.


This is a paid notice. 

04/21/14 6:00pm

Riverhead resident, Victoria Percopo, formerly of Yonkers died April 20 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 82.

Ms. Percopo was born June 15, 1931, in Yonkers to Stanley and Stella Anton. While living there, she worked as a folder for Silver Lining Laundry.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul Maron and her second husband, Carmine Percopo and is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Joseph) Berezny; her grandchildren, Kimberly and Joshua; her siblings, Pauline Grabowski, Beverly LaRocca, Carolyn DiLemme and Gary, Denis, Gerald and Richard Schwuchow. She is also predeceased by her siblings, Rose Cunliffe and Robert Anton.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will take place Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment will follow at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Memorial donations may be made to Riverhead Care Center recreation department.

This is a paid notice.

04/21/14 3:29pm

Southampton Police station (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Shirley man who had been caring for two elderly Riverside residents is now charged with stealing and using their credit cards.

Southampton Town Police investigated a March 18 incident at Riverwoods mobile home park on Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside, where they said two elderly people reported that their cards had been used without their authorization.

Following the investigation, police arrested 23-year-old Raymond Obioha on Wednesday at police headquarters and charged him with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of second-degree identify theft.

Fourth-degree grand larceny charges indicate a minimum theft of $1,000 in value, according to state penal code.