Floyd R. Vail of Mattituck died on Sept. 7, 2021. He was 97 years old.
He was born on April 20, 1924 to Richard Penny and Ruth (Hallock) Vail. He graduated from Southold High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in both the US and Europe.
After his service, he attended General Motors Institute. He worked at Vail Bros Corporation in Peconic and then Vail Motors Corp. in Riverhead where he would become service director and part owner.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and served on the Sacred Heart School Board. He was also a member of the American Legion, past commander of Griswold Terry Glover Post 803 in Southold, served on the Boy Scout District Committee and was a trustee for the Mattituck Laurel Library. He also was the director and past president of the Mattituck Community Fund. His hobbies included gardening, golf, growing tomatoes and woodworking.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Audrey Reinhart of Huntington, son Floyd, Jr., granddaughter Sarah, great-grandson Smith and sisters Rebecca Terry and Alicia Reeve. He is survived by his children Gwendolyn (Mark) Cukierski of Mystic, Connecticut, Susan (Ralph) Tuthill of Middletown, Delaware and Jonathan (Karen) Vail of Marion, Massachusetts, seven grandchildren and give great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck and will follow COVID-19 protocols for vaccination and wearing masks. Please check the funeral home website for any changes to the visiting schedule. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. by Monsignor Joseph Staudt at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Interment with military honors will follow at Cutchogue Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sacred Heart Parish, c/o PO Box 926, Cutchogue, NY 11935 or The American Legion Griswold Terry Glover Post 803, c/o PO Box 591, Southold, NY 11971. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.