Longtime Riverhead resident Leroy Harris died June 13 at Riverhead Care Center. He was 89.
Mr. Harris was born in Virginia, but his family moved to Riverhead when he was a toddler. He attended Riverhead schools and later served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Harris worked for many years as a groom at a local horse farm where family members said his gentle ways allowed him to develop a special relationship with the animals under his care. He continued to work at various farms until well into his 80s.
A burial service for Mr. Harris will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Calverton National Cemetery.