Curtis Rowe ter Kuile died, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, April 12, at his home in Hampton Bays. He was 89.
Born in New York City in 1924, he was raised in Whitestone, served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, graduated from Cornell University and worked for many years in sales of specialized machined metal products. He rose to Special Products Division president of the Torrington Company, a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand Corporation. Later he started his own company, Defense Industrial Products.
He moved to Hampton Bays in 1982, into the house built by his parents in 1952. In Hampton Bays, he was active with the Rotary Club, as well as the Hampton Bays Beautification Association and the local public library.
Mr. ter Kuile led an active life with his family. He greatly enjoyed rowing crew, swimming, sailing, golf and traveling throughout the world. He was a dedicated member of the Old Steeple Community Church Choir in Aquebogue. He loved to entertain, organized an annual clam bake on the beach, enjoyed dinner parties and dancing with his wife of eight years, Elizabeth ter Kuile.
Predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Barbara J. ter Kuile, he is survived by his second wife, Elizabeth of Hampton Bays. He is also survived by three children, Janice Kathie ter Kuile and husband David DaRoss, Jacqueline Ann ter Kuile and husband John Ward, and Curtis Andrew ter Kuile and wife Monique Millane; and six grandchildren, Alexandra L. Masten, Whitney Stewart and Alden Stewart, Zoe ter Kuile, Blythe ter Kuile and Roan ter Kuile.
A funeral service was held on April 16 at Old Steeple Community Church.