Frederick Joseph (Fred) Gillespie suffered an aortic aneurysm ~7 pm Thursday, August 13, held on, conscious, through night, died at 9 am Friday, August 14th.
Fred's wake will be Sunday and Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 at Robertaccio's Funeral Home, 85 Medford Avenue (Rt. 112), Patchogue, N.Y. 11772. Phone: 631-475-7000. My understanding is that there will be a 10 AM mass Tuesday at St. Joseph The Worker Church, 510 Narragansett Ave., East Patchogue, [NOTE CHANGE OF CHURCH] and the burial at Oaklawn afterward. Fred's family asked me to pass the word along to you thanking everyone in the history club for all that we are doing and that for the past 6 years Fred really enjoyed working with us.
Fred spearheaded the upgrading and maintenance of the Memorial Triangle. When he was a kid working for Charles Valentine, and when things were slow in the Brook store, Valentine sent him out to help the mason lay the foundation (with rocks) for the original placement of the cannon. One of the "triangle" legs was named after him.
Fred actively participated in the Fire Place History Club, recounting stories of early Brookhaven.
Here he is discussing the restoration of the Rose Cemetery. His family farmed the Ireland property containing the the cemetery.