Lawrence Labiento

01/18/2011 4:01 PM |

Lawrence Labiento of Riverhead died Jan. 13 at the Westhampton Care Center. He was 72 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Born April 18, 1938, to Alphonse and Frances Labiento, who predeceased him, he grew up an only child in Queens, N.Y. He met his wife, Frances, who survives, 43 years ago on a blind date arranged by relatives. They were married 41 years.

According to his wife, he loved to go fishing, particularly on the shore in Hampton Bays and occasionally from a boat. He enjoyed his cars and took great pride in their appearance, always washing, waxing and polishing to great effect. Mr. Labiento also loved the family dogs and “tolerated” the house cats. His wife described him as laid-back, with a dry sense of humor. She said her husband could not cook but made great fried eggs and coffee, and that he enjoyed people and had many friends.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Labiento served in the U.S. Army for two years. He worked in security at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, then worked for 10 years at the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours were held Jan. 16 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A memorial service took place there on Jan. 17, led by Deacon Michael Bonocore of St. Isidore R.C. Church. Interment with military honors followed at Calverton National Cemetery.