William P. Ruland of Mattituck died on Nov. 24, 2020. He was 72 years old.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1948 in Greenport to Thelma M. (Peters) and Elmer D. Ruland, Jr. Bill was one of three children. He graduated from Mattituck High School with the Class of 1966, where he was the class president.

He was a former Southold Town councilman, former Southold Town deputy supervisor and former member and past president of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education.

He was a third generation farmer of the Family National Bicentennial Farm. He was awarded the Amherst Davis Farm Citizen of the Year in 2002. He was a member of the Long Island Farm Bureau where he served as director and vice-president. He was also a member of the New York Farm Bureau Education Committee, a member of the USDA ASCS Community Committee, a member of the Marratooka Club, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead where he was a deacon, and treasurer and director of the Long Island Cauliflower Association.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda; by his children, Anna Ruland Agro (James) of Buffalo, New York and Peter William (Janine) of Aquebogue,; by his grandchildren, Vincent Agro III, Alyssa Leigh Agro, Jenna Lynn Agro and Rose Therese Ruland; and by his siblings, Madeline Berry (Bob) of Himrod, New York and Nancy Jeavons (Bill) of Binghamton, New York.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, calling hours were private. Graveside services were held on Sunday, Nov. 29 at New Bethany Cemetery in Mattituck, officiated by Pastor David Cook of Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck.

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