11/19/17 7:43pm
11/19/2017 7:43 PM

John J. Praino of Riverhead passed away Nov. 14, 2017, at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead at the age of 93.

John was the son of Frank and Mildred Barbari Praino. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Julia Ambrose Praino, in April 2015. He was also predeceased by his brother, Francis Praino, in 1951. He is survived by his godson, Robert A. Sikora Jr., M.D.; his wonderful caretaker, Lorraine Noonan; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was a 40-year member of the armed services, retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1969 with the rank of senior master sergeant. Upon retiring from the Air Force, John embarked on a second career as a title searcher for Title Busters in Riverhead.

John and Julia loved to travel and dine out. The walls of his office are lined with matchbooks commemorating all their travels.

Visitation was held Nov. 17 at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral-Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial was held the same day, the Rev. Peter J. Garry officiating. Burial with military honors was conducted at Calverton National Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at tuthillfh.com.

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11/14/17 11:00am
11/14/2017 11:00 AM

William Louis Fibkins

At the age of 83, Bill has jumped on his bike for his last ride. He passed away peacefully at home Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Peconic.

Born in Enfield, Conn., to William and Jean Fibkins, he was raised in Nantasket Beach, Mass. He spent his summers working at Paragon Park, either cooking lobsters or running the roller coaster. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree and doctorate’s degree in psychology and counseling from Syracuse University.

Bill spent his life improving how schools, teachers and students interacted. He founded the first “Teacher Center,” where teachers could learn and share from their peers. He spent the rest of his time working with students by creating groups for them to share. After he retired he continued his efforts by publishing over 14 books to help educators become better related to their students and peers.

Bill was an athlete his whole life. He was a runner and then moved on to the gym every day and biked two or three times a day until his illness stopped him.

As much as Bill loved his work, his main love was his family. He and his wife, Kathy, married 38 years ago and brought up their five sons together to be a family and then became grandparents to eight grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons, William and Brand, of Edwards, Colo., Brian, of Mastic, Shawn, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Dan, of Hampstead, N.C.; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kristina of East Moriches, Sophia, of Edwards, Colo., twins Jack and Andrew, of Pompano Beach, and Harry, George and Teddy, of Hampstead; brother Paul, of Paramus, N.J.; and a sister, Kathy Jacobs of Hull, Mass. He was predeceased by his brother Bob.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Saint Patrick R.C. Church in Southold, Father John Barrett officiating. The Rite of Committal will be private.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

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