Albert James Catozzi, a resident of Springs, died at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on Monday, July 8, of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 71.
Mr. Catozzi retired after 37 years working as a U.S. Postal Clerk at the East Hampton Post Office, and subsequently retired from Pierson School District in 2010. He was commander of the American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett from 1979 to 1982. He was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, where he served as a vestry member and was on the outreach committee, where he became known for his famous spaghetti and meatballs. He was also a longtime member of the Maidstone Gun Club and the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Catozzi was born in Brooklyn on February 14, 1948, one of three children of Albert Catozzi and Thelma Thornton Catozzi. After graduating from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn in 1966, he served a six-year tour with the United States Coast Guard. A brother, Keith Catozzi, of Manalapan, NJ survives him. Both of his parents and his other brother, Paul Catozzi, predeceased him.
Albert married Dianna Lester, of the Round Swamp Lesters, on March 7, 1970. Dianna survives him, as do the couple’s two daughters, Christine Hawkins of East Hampton and Jeanne Maya of Hampton Bays. He is also survived by grandchildren, Joseph Hawkins and Glenn Kittren of East Hampton, and Allison Maya of Hampton Bays, and a great-grandson, Mason Gonzalez, also of East Hampton. He was a good husband and father who loved his family very much.
Mr. Catozzi was cremated. A graveside service officiated by the Rev. Denis Brunelle of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was held on July 12 at the family’s Round Swamp Cemetery on Three Mile Harbor Road.