Alexander E. Horton Jr. of Manorville died suddenly Sept. 2 at his home. He was 78.
He was born in Greenport April 7, 1936, the son of Alex Horton Sr., former Riverhead Town highway superintendent, and his wife Gladys. A lifelong Manorville resident, he attended both Manorville and Calverton schools. He married Rosemary Tofte on June 6, 1956, at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Center Moriches. He worked in construction with his father for many years, started a fuel oil company in the 1970s and later established East End Vault, which is currently owned and operated by his son, Allan.
He was a member of the National Guard Reserve and a commissioner of the Manorville Fire District.
He and his wife were parishioners at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Center Moriches.
Family members said in his younger years, he enjoyed boating, lobstering and farming; he farmed the old cranberry bogs in Manorville. They also said he loved to go to Florida, play poker and roll the dice, but his most favorite thing was to spend time with his wife and family.
In addition to his wife of 58 years; he is survived by his son, Allan; daughters, Roseanne Smith, Patti Horton and Bernadette Eyre; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Alexander III, and by his grandson, Spencer Sparks.
The family received visitors Sept. 4-5 at Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River.
The family requests memorial donations be sent to Little People of America, 47 Pineridge Street, Melville, NY 11747.