Former Riverhead resident James P. Hoeffling of Florida died Sept. 13 at age 55.
He was born in Queens Sept. 25, 1956, to Rose (Kennelly) and Vincent Hoeffling and attended high school. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine for 37 years as first engineer.
Family members said he enjoyed fishing.
Mr. Hoeffling is survived by his son, Sean, of Greenport; his daughter, Colleen; his brother, Gary, of Flanders; his sisters Cathy Avidani of Southold and Jackie McKay of South Carolina; his mother, of Riverhead; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father and two sisters, Roseann Battiato and Carol Berry.
Visiting hours took place Sept. 24 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service was held Sept. 25 at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead, followed by interment at the church cemetery.