Joseph Ferrante, a former resident of Sag Harbor, died on October 2 at the age of 88.
Mr. Ferrante was born in Brooklyn on May 28, 1925. His father was an iceman who made his rounds with his horse and wagon. His father inherited a luncheonette and also operated a mini wine industry from the basement. Family members all took turns minding the store and crushing grapes.
Mr. Ferrante was drafted into the Army Air Force at the age of 18 and served as a gunner on a B-24 in the 450th Bomb group, 15th Army Air Force, flying 50 missions out of Italy, bombing the Romanian air fields.
He went to aeronautics school, worked at Fairchild Republic Airport until it closed, and ended up at Brookhaven National Laboratories where he worked for thirty years as a technical supervisor on the bubble chamber, the colliding accelerating beams, assisting the physicists and engineers in their search for the prime source of matter. He lived in Lindenhurst, and then in Stony Brook.
He loved baseball and bowling. In 1995, at the age of 71, in the midst of a blizzard, he bowled a 300 game which was reported in local newspapers describing him as the oldest man on Long Island to bowl 300. He also got his name inscribed on the wall of the East Hampton Alley, since closed. He bowled until recently, finally giving it up this last year.
Joe and Lynne Ferrante met in 1976 at Parents Without Partners. They lived in a winter rental on Lake Panamoka while their Wading River house was being built. Mrs. Ferrante opened an art gallery, Chrysalis, Ltd. in Westhampton Beach and they later moved to Water Mill where they renovated a hundred-year-old barn. They later sold the barn and moved to Sag Harbor where they built another house, and then to East Hampton where they have lived for the last ten years.
Mr. Ferrante is the last surviving member of the original Ferrante family; his mother and father, Nicholas and Anna, his sisters, Anne Provens and Emma Cozzolino, and his brothers Peter and Andrew, predeceased him.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Lynne Addelston Heffner Cortes Ferrante, daughters, Joanne Rewinski [Michael], Francine Ferrante, and Lori Ferrante, his granddaughters, Lisa Rewinski, Janine Rewinski, and Julie Rewinski, his nieces Cora Gilbert, Andrea Ferrante, his nephews Ralph Cozzolino [Jackie], Peter Provens [Denise], Michael Caligiuri, Joseph Caligiuri and their children. He was also very loved by Lynne’s children, Lynne Elise Calabrese [T.J], and grandchildren Amanda, T.J., Daniel, Sara, Christopher, Kaeli, Chloe; well regarded by Andrew Heffner, Kevin Heffner [Danielle], Tracy Jones [Rob], Bruce Heffner, Wendi Heffner, Caryn Malchman [David], and grandchildren Matthew, Joshua, and Noah.