A former sergeant with the East Hampton Town Police Department, a carpenter, a Boy Scout leader, and a jack of all trades, Frederick Notel Sr. of Springs died at home on Friday. He was 92.
Fred Notel, Shield No. 401, was a member of the Police Department for more than 39 years, 34 of them as a sergeant, with duties including traffic control and fleet manager. He was also a firearms instructor, having received training at the F.B.I. Academy.
Sergeant Notel had a reputation for being at every call, if not the first to the scene, said his daughter Trisha Notel-Erickson of Amagansett. “My dad was a member of the Springs Fire Department, the Amagansett Fire Department, and for 65 years a member of the Masonic Star of the East Lodge No. 843,” she said.
He was born in the Floral Park neighborhood of Queens on June 14, 1931, to Adolph Notel and the former Eugenie Raup. After living in Astoria until his early teens, his family moved to Miankoma Lane in Amagansett. For many years, he helped run his family’s two businesses, Adolph’s Little Inn on Napeague and Sonny’s Luncheonette in Amagansett, the latter now the site of Zakura restaurant.
He and Patricia Honeski were married on Valentine’s Day in 1959. The couple celebrated their 64th anniversary this year. Mrs. Notel survives.
Fishing, clamming, and his children and grandchildren were the highlights of his life, his daughter said. He was fond of watching the Yankees and western movies, and spending winters with his wife at their condominium in Bonita Springs, Fla. He also sponsored a men’s softball team called Fred’s Big Guns for his sons and their friends.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Notel is survived by another daughter, Kim Notel of Springs, and two sons, Frederick A. Notel Jr. of Springs and Douglas Notel of West Virginia. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive, as does a sister, Genie Notel of West Islip. Two brothers, George Notel and Sonny Notel, died before him.
Mr. Notel was cremated. The family received visitors at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton for a service and a celebration of his life at the Springs Firehouse took place on Monday.
His family has suggested memorial contributions to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or online at eeh.org.