10/19/13 3:20pm
10/19/2013 3:20 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Riverhead Police officer Benjamin Goodale's casket is carried into the Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue Saturday.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Riverhead Police officer Benjamin Goodale’s casket is carried into the Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue Saturday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue Saturday morning to pay their respects to 42-year-old Riverhead Town police officer Benjamin Goodale, who died of an apparent heart attack Oct. 15.

Uniformed Riverhead Police officers stood in formation and members of Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums played as Mr. Goodale’s casket was carried into the church. Riverhead Town councilwoman Jodi Giglio was among the mourners present at the 11 a.m. funeral service.

Mr. Goodale, a Calverton resident and 17-year veteran of the police force, leaves behind his wife, Katherine, and their two young children. His death comes just one week following the untimely passing of longtime Riverhead Police Detective Robert Boden, who died Oct. 7 at the age of 54 after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

At the Riverhead homecoming football game a few hours later, Mr. Goodale — a 1990 Riverhead graduate who wore No. 63 on the football team — was honored with a moment of silence.

ryoung@timesreview.com

10/17/13 12:16pm
10/17/2013 12:16 PM

SCREENSHOT |  The Ben Goodale R.H.S. Memorial Fund had already neared its goal as of midday Thursday.

Former Riverhead High School classmates of Benjamin Goodale have started a memorial fund to help support the Goodale family.

Mr. Goodale, a Riverhead Town police officer, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning. He was 42.

He leaves behind his wife Kathy and two young children, Rudy and Gavin, according to Kim Macri Wysoczanski, a classmate of Mr. Goodale’s who created a donation page for the family.

Those who wish to make a donation can click here.

As of noon today, more than $1,700 had been raised toward the $2,000 goal.

Click here for funeral arrangements.

cmiller@timesreview.com