Thomas F. Kurpetski of Riverhead died on Jan. 8, 2023 at his home with his wife, family and friends by his side after a long battle with multiple illnesses.
He was born to John F. Kurpetski and Phyllis (Truskowski) Kurpetski on Jan. 20, 1946. After graduating from Bayside Queens High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1966. He was deployed to Vietnam where he served in the Vietnam War until 1967 when he was honorably discharged due to the death of his father.
He returned home to care for his mother and pursued a career in heavy construction. He helped build the Smithaven Mall and Riverhead High School. He later worked for Northrop Grumman of Calverton where he painted F-14 aircraft until they closed in 1991.
Tom enjoyed life to the fullest and went to his Marine Corp reunions for over 10 years with his boot camp buddy’s including his drill sergeant. He loved being outdoors. His hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing, wood working, being on the beach with friends and nature walks.
Tom was predeceased by his mother, father and ex-wife Sharon O’Rourke who was the mother of his two daughters. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Karen (Berezny) Kurpetski, brother John Kurpetski (Patricia) of Riverhead, daughters Keri Kurpetski (Terre Buffington) and Holly Harris (Mark) of Florida, two granddaughters Aston and Eden, sisters-in-law Alice (Tony) Tatkis of West Virginia and Elizabeth “Tippy” Macksel of Riverhead and brother-in-law Dave (Lynn) Berezny of Riverhead. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home on Jan. 16 followed by his interment at St. John’s Cemetery with full military services on Jan. 17.
A special thanks goes to to the Patriot Riders, Father Bohdan Hedz from St. John the Baptist Ukraine Catholic Church of Riverhead and Denise Macksel for her bedside care. Thanks to the the two Marines who folded the flag, the Marine bugler and the six pall bearers and thanks to the Riverhead Elk’s, VFW and the American Legion for their services.
Tom, your quirkiness and sense of humor will always be cherished, for there will never be another like you. May you Rest In Peace, my love.