Theodor Marinescu, 25

Oct. 7, 1989 - May 17, 2015
Theodor Marinescu, Oct. 7, 1989 - May 17, 2015

Theodor Marinescu, a longtime resident of Buckskill Road in East Hampton, died on Sunday in Laurens, S.C., of a drug overdose. He was 25.

Her son fought a drug addiction for at least two years, said Violeta Astilean of East Hampton. He had entered rehabilitation, but relapsed.

Ms. Astilean said his dream was to become sober and return to East Hampton, and buy a house. “He loved East Hampton — everything, the people, the place, the beach. He had a lot of friends,” she said.

In posts on Facebook, friends said Mr. Marinescu was generous, sincere, and had a great sense of humor. He easily made people smile, they said.

He was born on Oct. 7, 1989, in Bucharest, Romania, to Lucian Marinescu and the former Violeta Costisok. When he was 6 months old the family came to America, living at first in New York City. In 1994, a year after his parents divorced, he and his mother moved to East Hampton, first to a house on Buell Lane Extension and later to Buckskill Road.

A member of the East Hampton High School class of 2008, he went on to study business management at Morrisville State College, part of the SUNY system, for one year, and then took several jobs locally. He worked at the Seafood Shop in Wainscott for a time, and also for Peter Ambrose Events Catering. Most recently, he was working as a manager at New York Stone Connecticut, a supplier of stone and tile.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Marinescu leaves his father, who lives in Queens; his stepfather, Alex Astilean, and two stepbrothers, Alex and Max Astilean, all of East Hampton.

Visitation will take place tomorrow evening at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton from 7 to 9, with a funeral service there at noon on Saturday. Burial will be at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Cedar Street cemetery in East Hampton.

The family has suggested memorial donations for the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for addicts of limited means who are trying to recover. Donations can be made online through Also suggested was a GoFundMe campaign called Long Island vs. Heroin.