Walter E. Haberman of Riverhead died June 13, 2017 at the Acadia Center in Riverhead. He was 97 years old.
He was born in Westhampton on July 6, 1919 to Philip and Clara Haberman and moved to Aquebogue shortly afterward. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He served in Central Europe, Northern France and at Normandy from 1941 to 1945 in 864th Heavy Ordnance Company. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant.
He was a certified General Motors automotive mechanic in Riverhead for more than 32 years working at Crabtree-O’Keefe and Kinney Chevrolet. In the late 40s and early 50s, he raced outboard motor boats in many bays and creeks around Long Island and competed in the 1947 Harwood’s Trophy Race around Manhattan Island. He belonged to the Isle-N-Ders Camping Club and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Roanoke Lodge No. 462 for many years.
Predeceased by his parents, his wife Dottie, three sisters, and a nephew, he is survived by his daughters Sherry Johnson (Roy) of Manorville and Dale Stubbings (Gordon Laird) of New Bern, North Carolina, two nieces, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors from 2 to 6 p.m. at the McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home on Sunday, June 18. A service is scheduled for Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to a veterans’ organization.