Bruno William Korsak
Bruno William Korsak of North Haven, died Tuesday, December 9, at Southampton Hospital. He was 76 years old.
Mr. Korsak was born in Southampton on November 24, 1932, the son of Bruno and Victoria Korsak.
A landscaper by trade, he was a 1949 graduate of Pierson High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 and was a member of Sag Harbor VFW Post 9082.
He was pre-deceased by his sister, Rose Maines.
Services were held on Monday, December 15, at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home. Mass was said on Tuesday, December 16, at St. Andrew R.C. Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to Stella Maris Regional Catholic School.
Dorothy Espach of Sag Harbor died at her home here on Tuesday, December 2, after suffering ischemic cerebral vascular disease for about 30 months. She was 78 years old. Born on May 6, 1930 in Lynbrook, L.I., she was the daughter of W. Russell and Helen (Stenman) Collins.
Mrs. Espach was an elementary school teacher at districts in Oceanside, L.I., and Southampton before teaching at Sag Harbor Elementary School from 1965 to 1985. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Hofstra College in 1952, and a Master of Science Degree from LIU Southampton.
In retirement she stayed busy with cooking and handiwork, and secured passage on several cruise ships teaching arts and crafts projects with various cruise lines going to Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexican Riviera, and passing through the Panama Canal. She also cruised the world over the years with her husband, Robert, whom she married August 15, 1954.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by their son Steven Russell Espach.
Interment was at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
Ira John Fischer
Ira Fischer, formerly of East Hampton, and most recently of La Jolla, Calif., lost his battle with lung cancer on December 8. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Fischer was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1930. After high school, he joined the Navy and served in the U.S. and Cuba. It was during his service to his country that he perfected his pitching skills. He was a star pitcher for the Navy and would later be drafted by the Chicago Cubs Minor League Baseball system. He later went on to study journalism at New York University.
Mr. Fischer’s career in the service and restaurant industry started at the world famous Copacabana in New York City. He served as Captain of Waiters there for 17 years. He was often chosen to care for the rich, powerful and famous who walked through the door.Â Many of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars looked to him to secure what would be a spectacular night out on the town. Among many others, he counted Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis Jr. as close friends during his career at The Copa. He was known for his story-telling when it came to his time there. “I could listen to his Copa stories for hours. I would bring friends home from college and medical school just so they could experience him and the history,” said his youngest son Peter.
After leaving the Copacabana, Mr. Fischer went on to open a number of successful businesses in Nassau County. In the late 1960s, he decided that the East End would be a good place to raise a family and took over Shea’s Tackle Shop & Restaurant in Montauk. In 1970 he opened Snugglers’ Cove in Amagansett.Â His pride and joy, however, was The Quiet Clam, which he bought in 1977 and ran for 22 years with his son Tom. He realized the need for an affordable and comfortable family seafood restaurant in The Hamptons. He was hands on all the time and took great pride in his work. He was often seen milling through the dining room with his apron on, providing samples of a new dish he was trying or with live lobster in hand to show the kids. In his eulogy, his son Andrew called him a visionary, always seeing the opportunity around the corner that no one else could.
Although Mr. Fischer was dedicated to his work, his greatest joy was his family. He married the love of his life, Trudy, on July 15, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri. The two went on to raise seven children in the Springs and East Hampton. They were married for 46 years until his wife passed away in 2003. Loyalty and dedication to family, education and service to one’s community were constantly emphasized in the Fischer household. In remembering their father, daughters Donna and Kris talked of his generosity, sense of humor and practicality. “You never knew who would be sitting next to you at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Dad was always lending someone less fortunate a helping hand. He gave them dignity,” they noted.
Mr. Fischer was remembered in a private gathering on Sunday, December 13th at the Yardley & Pino Funeral home in East Hampton. Thereafter he was laid to rest next to his wife Trudy at the Independent Jewish Cemetery on route 114. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Mirman of Las Vegas, Nevada, by eight children: Skip Sussman of Navato, Calif., Dr. Andrew Fischer of Virginia Beach, Va., Donna Hurt, Esq. of Kinnelon, N.J., James Fischer, Esq. of East Hampton and Manhattan, N.Y., Dr. David Fischer of Santa Barbara, Calif., Thomas Fischer of North Haven, N.Y., Dr. Peter Fischer of Wilmington, N.C. and Laguna Beach, Calif., and Kristin Yellin, Esq. of Mission Viejo, Calif. Mr. Fischer is also survived by many grandchildren whom he adored: Blaire, Jessica, Carli, Eliana, Drew, Kathryn, Sailor, Sami, Liam. Zoe, and Hunter. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions to East End Hospice at www.eeh.org.
Rose Linsalata, a resident of Noyac for more than 30 years, died at the Westhampton Care Center on Tuesday, December 9. She was 95 years old.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y. on November 25, 1911, she was the daughter of Domenico and Francesco (Cliadio) Chianese.
Mrs. Linsalata was a graduate of PS 45 in the Bronx, and worked in an airplane factory during World War II. She was a member of the Columbiettes.
Mrs. Linsalata was predeceased by her husband, Vincenzo, in 1978. She is survived by children Portia Fitzpatrick of Sag Harbor, Vito Linsalata of Floral Park, L.I. and Dominick Linsalata of Cape Coral, Fla.; and ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 13 nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by siblings Mary Pironti, Tony, Joseph and Anthony.
Mass was said at St. Andrew R.C. Church on Monday, December 15. Interment followed at St. Andrew Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Columbiettes or Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Brian Edward Doyle
Brian Edward Doyle, 63, of Dover, New Hampshire, formerly of Sag Harbor, died on Sunday, December 14, of a heart attack in his home in Dover where he lived with his girlfriend, Martine Bishop, and her daughter Nathalie.
Mr. Doyle was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., on October 30, 1948 to Madeline and Edward Doyle and spent his formative years summering in Sag Harbor. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook where he received a bachelors and masters degree in oceanography.
Mr. Doyle was the associate director for the New Hampshire Sea Grant Program and program leader of the UNH Cooperative Extension Sea Grant and Water Resources. He was also an avid golfer and was known for his great love of the game, which he shared fondly with his son Brian Christopher Doyle, and the many friends he met on the links over the years. He was one of the first Junior Club Champions at the Sag Harbor Golf Club and was a member of the Portsmouth Country Club.
In addition to his son, Mr. Doyle is survived by his daughter-in-law Mary Chris, his siblings Maureen Boyan of New Rochelle, Claire Blodorn of Sag Harbor and James Doyle of Palmetto, Fla., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home today, Thursday December 18, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass will be said at St. Andrew R.C. Church on Friday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Andrew Cemetery.
Longtime Sag Harbor resident Sal Vacca died at home on Wednesday, December 10 at the age of 92.
A full obituary will appear next week.