Benedict S. Andruski of Southold died July 14, 2016, at Eastern Long Island Hospital. The lifelong North Fork resident was 71 years old.
“Geke” was born in Greenport May 4, 1945, to Benedict and Helen (Harris) Andruski. He attended Mattituck Schools and was a graduate of Southold High School.
Following his graduation, he served in the United States Navy for nearly four years.
In 1974, he married the former Melissa Stanton at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue and together they made their home in Southold.
“Geke” had worked through the years at Grumman and Agway, as a bartender at Fisherman’s Rest and for the Cutchogue Park District where he was credited in rehabilitating the building and grounds of the Pequash Park.
He maintained his own landscaping business for many years in addition to being a ferry boat captain for Plum Island and Baymen. More recently, he was a “houseman” for the Cutchogue Fire Department.
“Geke” had been a member of the Griswold Terry Glover Post 803 in Southold and a volunteer with the Southold Fire Department.
In his free time, he enjoyed tending to his gardens and tinkering around home.
He is survived by his wife Melissa; two children Nathan Andruski and Janessa Andruski both of Southold; two sisters Althea Sidor of Mattituck and Laurie Kujawski of Gloucester, Va. and two grandchildren Isadora Andruski and Tyler Burner.
The family will receive visitors Monday, July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, where Southold Fire Department services will take place at 7 p.m. Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home with Father Mariusz Gorazd officiating.
Memorial donations to the Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1469, Southold, NY 11971 would be appreciated.
This is a paid notice.