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Services held for Thomas Compitello, 87, Army vet and one of the first Suffolk Police officers

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Funeral services were held last week for Thomas P. Compitello, former chief of patrol with Suffolk County Police. Compitello of Oakdale died on Friday, Dec. 16. He was 87.

Compitello served in the Amityville Police Department before becoming one of the first police officers to join the newly formed Suffolk County Police Department in 1960. He remained with Suffolk Police for 48 years, before retiring as chief of patrol in 2008.

Born and raised in Amityville, Compitello graduated from Amityville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from New York City College of Technology, according to obituary information posted by Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Compitello is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat; his three children, Thomas of Hauppauge, Manon Ciancimino of Sayville and her fiancé Dave Anderson of East Northport and Jaymie Karounos and her husband John of Long Beach; seven grandsons, Thomas, Ryan, Ronald, Lucas, Patrick, Nicholas and John; and his sister, Jeanette Ingenito.

Friends and relatives gathered Wednesday, Dec. 21, Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home in West Sayville to honor Compitello’s life. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 22 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Amityville. 

Click here to watch a video tribute to Compitello.