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Jul 12, 2019 12:57 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

John 'Jack' Lattanzio Of Southampton Dies June 15

Jul 16, 2019 12:59 PM

John “Jack” Lattanzio of Southampton died on June 15, 2019, surrounded by family, after a brief illness. He was 77.

Mr. Lattanzio was born in Sag Harbor to Vincent “Jim” and Antoinette “Netta” Lattanzio. He attended Sag Harbor schools with his older brother, Jim Lattanzio, who predeceased him, and younger siblings, Chuck Lattanzio and Netta Livingston. After high school, he became a self-employed carpenter. In 1962, he married the former Judith Ward and they had four children, Cassandra (Jay) Butts, Michele (Kevin) Duchemin, Vincent (Libby) Lattanzio, of Sag Harbor and Vanessa (Steve) Petruccelli of East Hampton.

Mr. Lattanzio was also a father figure to George (Hollie) Pharaoh, as well as a grandfather to Robert Rozzi, Nicholas Borrelli, Zackery Borrelli, Kevin J. Duchemin, Samantha Duchemin, Sophie Lattanzio, Sadie Lattanzio, Anika Petruccelli and Carter Petruccelli; and great-grandfather to Cameron Rozzi.

He had worked as a dog handler and trainer, as well as at Grumman in Sag Harbor. He was a 22-year member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department (1967 to 1989) and enjoyed getting involved by helping out with community projects. One of his favorites was the Boy Scouts Pine Wood Derby. Along with being a talented woodworker, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He was very knowledgeable about nature and all it had to offer and enjoyed sharing his experiences with all who came to visit. He was a great mentor and teacher for those who wanted to learn from him, survivors said.

In 1989, he and his wife moved to North Sea where he took a job as a gamekeeper on Cow Neck Farm. He managed daily chores and the farm’s duck and pheasant shoots, a job he loved, survivors said. After Cow Neck was sold, he continued his job down the road, at The Port of Missing Men (the Salm estate), where he worked until his death.

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