The body of Northport resident Freddy Piercey, 68, was discovered in the harbor on Saturday morning alongside , according to sources.
He had been missing since Dec. 6 when he was last seen leaving around 7 p.m. Police have not yet confirmed the details of the incident, nor determined a cause of death.
Freddy Piercey was a longtime Northport character commonly seen walking, paddling in his canoe, or at local taverns. Easily identifiable by his long gray hair and beard, he lived here in the streets of Northport all his life and served his country in the Army. He knew Jack Kerouac, Stanley Twardowicz, and other local legends. He was a well-respected employee of Davis Aircraft for 15 years.
"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.
Piercey's friends said that he has not spoken to his family in many, many years. They are now trying to obtain VA benefits to bury Freddy with full military honors, but said they do not have an ID to obtain his discharge papers.
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