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Body of Missing Northport Resident Found

The body of Freddy Piercey, missing since Dec. 6, was found in Northport Harbor Saturday.

The body of Northport resident Freddy Piercey, 68, was discovered in Northport Harbor on Saturday morning alongside Seymore's Boat Yard, according to sources.

Piercey had been missing since Dec. 6 when he was last seen leaving Gunther's Pub on Main Street around 7 p.m. Police have not yet confirmed the details of the incident, nor determined a cause of death.

Easily identifiable by his long gray hair and beard, Piercey lived was a lifelong Northporter who knew local legends Jack Kerouac and Stanley Twardowicz firsthand. 

Piercey served in the Army and was a well-respected employee of Davis Aircraft for 15 years before becoming homeless. He spent the later part of his life dependent on the kindness of friends, who never begrudged him a warm bed or a shot of his favorite Applejack. 

"Freddy was always a survivor," said Richard Toussaint, a fiend of Piercey's for over 50 years. "He got by on the little he had and faced life with a smile on his face. He asked for little. He had many friends, and many more people that cared about him."

He is survived by his sons Frederick III and Richard, his sisters Jackie Piercey Morgan, Edythe, and Barbara, and his brothers Harold and Edward. His sisters, Debra Ann and Dorothy, predeceased him.

Though Piercey was not on speaking terms with his family for many years, they are now trying to obtain Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to bury him with full military honors, but said they do not have an ID to obtain his discharge papers. They ask anyone who may be of assistance to come forward so they may give Piercey this final honor.  

Did you know Freddy? Share your memories below.

Hilory Boucher-Carlin December 26, 2011 at 11:55 PM
On Dec. 17, 1993 I was in Gunthers with my fiance and members of the Northport Running Club, following our annual Christmas Lights Run. When I told Freddy we were to be married the next day, he grabbed me and waltzed me around the floor to the music playing on the juke box. I can't remember a better dancer - he knew how to lead and made me feel like I had always danced so well. After our wedding we moved into our Woodbine home. Freddy walked by all the time. When my tomato plants finally produced in the front garden, Freddy would stop and give them a long look - his critique was most appreciated. I just can't believe I won't see him again - he was so much a part of the daily Norhtport life. We will miss you Freddy. See you in heaven, and thanks for the dance. Hilory and Bernie Carlin
Bethany Kreiser December 27, 2011 at 12:42 AM
So sad to hear you have left us Freddie. We used to drink together. We would talk for hours. I used to braid your beard. You lived by your own rules. When I saw you, I was happy. Everything was alright in Northport if Freddy was there.. you made me smile. Your beard was so soft. We'll meet again.. this time, you braid my hair, and I'll kiss your cheeks again.
Peter Anders December 27, 2011 at 12:46 AM
I worked with Freddy for many years plumbing. Freddy was just great to work with. I loved listening to his stories. He always had a good tale to tell and always seemed to be very happy. I haven't seen Freddy in years since I moved out of state but I'd recognize him in a second, sight or sound. When I visit Northport I will be very sad to know that I won't be seeing good old Freddy walking around town. Northport really has lost a little piece of history. Rest in Peace Freddy you will be missed. - Peter Anders
Sheralee Baker Haverty December 27, 2011 at 02:37 AM
Thanks Joe.....I am his Niece....Do you know how we could do that? I think a memorial would be nice....My mom and aunt are looking into things......I want you to know we all loved him....He wasn't ever not loved by us.....He just lived his way......This family has alot of history in NPT.
Sheralee Baker Haverty December 27, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Thanks Amanda....I saw that was missing.....So is Aunt Ebie....I am Jackie's daughter....Hugs to you!!
Sheralee Baker Haverty December 27, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Thank you Hilory!! What a nice story....I am his Niece......He was a harmless soul and he lived his life like he wanted to....I am very saddened....
Denise Gianatasio December 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Freddy we will miss seeing you sitting at the picnic table at Scudder Beach! You just loved a visit from our dog Seven when we came by mornings and afternoon. Rest In Peace.
mike fiorella December 27, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I guess you might say Freddy and I did the Northport pub crawl more than a few times. Not farewell but fare forward oh traveller!
Elmer Barrett December 27, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I, have always thought of you as my "Brother", from day one.RIP!
Bobby McCauley December 27, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Forever I will remember and embrace the times our paths connected. Always a smile and sometimes a slap on the forearm sayin hello. Truely , One of a kind. One of the very special ones. You left us wanting more... Peace to you Freddy
Eileen Dalton December 27, 2011 at 09:34 PM
We'll miss you Freddy.........say Hey to Murph. Tom & Eileen
Chris December 28, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Just a thought. No doubt this gent lived his life they way he wanted. Many here almost seem to covet the idea and lifestyle of the the free spirit he chose to be. Dogs and kids liked him, and he was a "character" that based on what I've read, would've likely shunned these flowery blog posts and shiny sentiments in favor of his seat at the bar. I notice that on the right lower corner of my monitor it says "read more in obituaries", where a local teacher - a hometown woman who dedicated her life to our communities children and to her young family - passed away far too young. The response? One comment. If this venue counts for anything, why aren't there more? I'm sorry and I mean no disrespect to this gentleman who fiercely protected his independence while alive, yet I'm often surprised at how our society worships our anti-heroes once they are gone. Just saying.
Sarah December 28, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Chris, 1st of all there was an article on Newsday.com about the teacher who passed away and there were just as many comments on that article. And also the teacher was from the Elwood School District, 3 miles south of Northport Village. Although Elwood School District covers a section of East Northport, it is not the same town.
mojo December 28, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Chris, maybe you're thinking too much. But, since you cast the issue as how "society worships our anti-heroes once they are gone", re-read the posts above and think about this: Freddy was not an anti-hero at all. Instead, he was kind, warm, independent, empathetic, self-sufficient, engaging, humorous, charming ... Those are characteristics that society honors and expects in heroes. That he might've drunk regularly and lived unconventionally are completely secondary to those characteristics that many of us "worship". Most likely, the fact that the young school teacher's obituary garnered fewer posts is simply a result of the fact that fewer people who use this forum knew her. Now, that's enough thinking. May both souls rest in peace and their loved ones also feel peace and the love that many in society have for friends and strangers.
Elmer Barrett December 28, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Chris, I knew freddie and his family while growing up as one of the only/few blacks in Npt.N.Y.Maybe that's why Freddie and I got along & maybe, just maybe that's why so many so-called "miss-fits shared the love, many more people are expressing love for MY BROTHER FREDDIE!! These words are coming from the horse's mouth!!!! Need I Say more???
Michael A. Suchocki December 29, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Freddie, You will be remembered by me. You always took the time to stop on the dock and say, how ya doing Big Mike and you hoisted your glass with a smile at Gunther's when I sent you a round. Rest in peace my friend you will be missed ,you were an Icon in Northport. You made it look like a scene out of an old movie as you glided your canoe across the harbor especialy on a bright moonlit night. Your friend, Big Mike , Ex Northport Dockmaster.
Steve Adornato December 29, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Chris "Just saying"...Freddy was a good friend and a good man, who would not have the same negative comments about someone he didn't know! In my opinion those who leave this world with truly great memories...have been loyal friends...have been respectful to others, are heros while alive...so why not when they're gone you putz! I meet Freddy about 5 years ago when I re-entered the boating world. He was sitting at Scudder Park, and at first look of this scruffy unkept guy, kept my daughter a little closer to me. Freddy greeted us with a frendly smile and warm hello. It took only minutes to take a liking to him despite his looks. He saw me tinkering around with my boat and asked if I might need a jump start? I found this pretty funny as he was in a canoe! Freddy pulled out a Die Hard battery and offered his help. I smiled and thanked him but I didn't need a charge. Freddy then opened the battery and much to my surprise it was filled with a sixpack. We shared a beer and great conversation later that afternoon (after dropping my daughter home) and many other days. He was also the best security guard I could have asked for as he always kept a close watch on my boat. After I realized that he was homeless I offered him a key to my boat, so he could at least have a warm cabin to sleep in, but Freddy declined. He asked nothing from anyone and gave great friendship to many. My family and I will miss him, and remember him as a good friend! .
Dave Bruyn December 29, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Steve....That story about the die-hard battery is priceless! Was he a character, or what??? And his wllingness to share his beer with a perfect stranger. I can almost see the wheels turning....everybody needs a jump start! I love it!
Just Sayin December 29, 2011 at 06:19 PM
A Facebook page has been set up to keep Freddy's many friends and family informed about a future gathering to be held at Scudder Beach in Freddy's honor. This page is also for us to share thoughts, memories and photos. Please feel free to contribute.
Leah Bush (Editor) December 29, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Hi Elissa, what is the link?
LINDA MARINELLI December 29, 2011 at 08:10 PM
HI LEAH.. JUST PUT HIS NAME IN THE F/B SEARCH BOX...Freddy Piercey
Bill Giaquinto December 29, 2011 at 09:36 PM
I've known Freddy for over 40 years and i can say with out a doubt he did not have a mean bone in his body ...i knew him way before the gray beard and hair ...while sitting on the steps in front of Heart insurance - next door from the "Galley". Those who remember know just what i'm talking about. Always in a good mood and ready to dance....i considered him a friend and i'll miss him .....stay warm Freddy ... Bill Giaquinto
Denise Gianatasio December 30, 2011 at 02:27 AM
just remember him as the essence of Northport, friendly, peaceful, and keeping a watchful eye on those that come and go in this village, with an extra affectin for the dogs!!! I will miss you! Denise, Richard and Seven!!!
Denise Gianatasio December 30, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Stop!!
andy Iamascia December 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM
I really can't remember how long i knew Freddy but at least 30 years. Long before the long gray hair and beard. Alway a wave a hi "Hey Andy " or a whats new. Never a bad word i heard from him . His words of wisdom while giving him a ride on rainy or cold days were always worth listening to. We will all miss Freddy
Elmer Barrett December 30, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I would like the link also,thanks, eldogeman@yahoo.com
Maurice James Cassidy Jr. December 31, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Junior Cassidy Freddy Been friends for over 58 years fun to talk to spent a lot time in teddys an Murf"s say hello to tommy M. Rest in Peace. GOD Bless Have a cold on ready for me when I get there JR.
Nelsan Iqlano January 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
photo credit=mugshot dood is a real hero rip
eric olsen January 07, 2012 at 02:10 AM
you don't believe in luck freddy freddy. i forget to say hello. goodby freddy piecey. you'll see.
Robert Hagan January 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
me and my girlfriend are going to miss our fishing budy at HIS beach. he took care of her when she fished alone and also whne she got really sick and still wanted to fish and he also taught her how to canoe. he will missed alot by both of us. R.I.P. my friend.

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