Ernest T. Rositzke, a long-term resident of Stony Brook, passed on April 30th, at age 94. For 60 years, Ernie was a proud, active member of the Stony Brook Fire Department. Having served as Chief and Commissioner, he was most honored when he received their Fireman of the Year award. “They don’t give it out easily and some years they don’t give it out at all.” He also enjoyed spending time at the Stony Brook Yacht Club where he served a term as Commodore. He was involved with the American Legion, Hospice, and, for 22 years, worked with and delivered for Three Village Meals on Wheels. His most famous volunteer role, however, was that of the “real Santa” in and around the area including Stony Brook Village Green, the SUSB Hospital.
Born in 1926, Ernie attended Andrew Jackson HS and served with the Marines during WWII. He worked for the NY Telephone Co. and the Town of Brookhaven.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 73 years. He will also be lovingly remembered by his children, Christine DeAngelo (Lou), Ernest (Lynn) and Karen Fink (David). He is also survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as his sister, Jackie Schecher of Springfield Centre, NY.
Bryant Funeral Home will handle current and future arrangements. A celebration of his life will be held when it is safe for us to all be together.
Donations in his name can be made to the Three Village Meals on Wheels. www.3villagemealsonwheels.org