Robert D. Katsara

Sept. 25, 1960 - April 28, 2015
Robert D. Katsara, Sept. 25, 1960 - April 28, 2015

Despite being a “city kid,” Robert D. Katsara, who moved to East Hampton Village at the age of 8, counted himself among the “Georgica boys,” a small group of local kids that claimed Georgica as their home surf break in the 1970s.

He loved fishing and hunting, and became an exceptional fisherman at a young age, his friends said, and lived his life to the fullest on the South Fork and abroad.

Mr. Katsara, who had been living in East Hampton, died at Southampton Hospital on April 28 after a long illness. He was 54.

His friends wrote that some of the happiest moments in his life included “jitter buggin’ bass at Hook Pond,” surf­casting with his father out of a four-wheel-drive truck they referred to as “the Scout,” and days he and his friends called “Tubey Tuesdays.” He had fond memories of trail rides and deer season at the ranch in Montauk, where he used to work, spring bass at Jessups, the flats of Cartright, “falsies” at the Point, “bonies in Exuma,” heavy snow and broadbill ducks at Big Reed Pond, and fishing for permit in Belize, trout in Colorado, and tarpon in Islamorada, as well as clamming in Napeague and fishing for “green crabs and blackfish at Plum,” they said.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1960, in Queens to William and Jane Katsara. He grew up in East Hampton, graduating from East Hampton High School in 1978. He went on to the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 1982.

In East Hampton he worked for local builders before ultimately starting his own general contracting business.

Mr. Katsara is survived by his sister, Geri Burke of Tampa, Fla., and her family, including a nephew, Nick Burke, who also lives in Tampa. His parents died before him.

His friends will gather at the Gann Road dock on Three Mile Harbor on June 6 at 8:30 a.m. to board a boat for a memorial service in Gardiner’s Bay, where his ashes will be dispersed in the spot known as the Rip. A reception will follow at the Highway Diner in East Hampton at 1 p.m.