David C. Tuthill

Lifelong Mattituck resident David C. Tuthill died suddenly Nov. 24 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. 

David was born in Greenport Feb. 22, 1943, to Russel and Helen Tuthill of Mattituck. He married Leslie Phillips April 13, 1968, at Mattituck Presbyterian Church.

After graduating from Mattituck High School in 1961, David attended Quinnipiac College on a basketball scholarship. He was recruited by his former basketball coach from MHS, Burt Kahn. David had a successful basketball career and was inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame in 1977.

David played for many years on town team basketball leagues, as well as Mattituck Softball League and Riverhead Fast-Pitch League. He was an original member of Neil’s Nine and Suffolk Lighting softball teams. He cherished his friendships made in sports, both here and in Connecticut.

David worked for Blackman Plumbing Supply of Riverhead for over 40 years. He began in the warehouse and worked his way up to salesman for the North Fork and Shelter Island. He retired from Blackman in 2008.

He was also an avid NASCAR race fan, beginning at an early age. David enjoyed watching the late Charlie Jarzombek, Greg Sacks and more recently, the Buzz Chew racing team. Sunday was always a sports day in his household.

David loved animals and was well-known in the neighborhood as the man to see for a “dog treat.” He will be missed by Sacco, Cody, Mollie and Carmelo, as well as his beloved “Little Boy Kitty Cat,” Katu.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; his sisters-in-law, Sherrill (Ed) Kugler and Kathie (Pat) Brodeur; his nieces, Wendy (Andrew) Wallace and Tara (Jim) Hall; his nephews, Brad Anderson and Bryan Dries; two grandnieces, Alyssa and Emma Wallace; and many wonderful cousins.

The family received visitors Nov. 27 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. A funeral service took place Nov. 28 at the funeral home. Interment followed at Cutchogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice or North Fork Animal Welfare League.

This is a paid notice.