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Aug 15, 2012 3:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Services Set For Keith Greene; Funeral On Monday Morning

Editor's Note: To visit Mr. Greene's website, click here: http://www.kgrease.com/main.html
Aug 17, 2012 11:15 AM


All of the proceeds from Friday night’s Lobster Night at Schmidt’s Seafood Market will be donated to Mr. Greene’s family.

A Lobster Night dinner includes two lobsters, cooked and cracked, and sides of corn and potatoes for $29.95.

Schmidt’s Seafood Market is located at 1282 North Sea Road. Call 283-1212.


Dennis Schmidt of Schmidt’s Market and Schmidt’s Seafood Market said Mr. Greene’s wife, Kristen Greene, called Southampton Village Police and Southampton Hospital looking for her husband Wednesday morning.

When he didn’t show up for work, Mr. Schmidt said he had a “bad premonition,” since Mr. Greene had always showed up for work or called when he was on his way in. He said everyone at Schmidt’s found out around 11 a.m., just after he had been pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital. Mr. Schmidt said he was the one to break the news to Mr. Greene’s mother, Margie, and took her to the hospital.

Mr. Schmidt said that he thought it was a little weird that Mr. Greene had been out swimming when he was since it was a bit stormy out, but said that Mr. Greene liked the water and was a swimmer. Additionally, Mr. Schmidt said that Mr. Greene had a bad back and thought maybe the buoyancy of the water helped relieve some of the pain.

“He worked in pain,” he said. “I can’t imagine 24/7 producing and working in pain. I don’t know, I never heard him complaining.”

Mr. Schmidt said everyone at Schmidt’s was devastated.

“He was like family and a friend first and an employee second,” he said.


A memorial fund has been set up for Mr. Greene’s wife, Kristen, and his two children, Aiden and Avery.

Checks payable to the K-Grease Memorial Fund may be sent to P.O. Box 109, Southampton, NY 11969.

All proceeds from this week’s Lobster Fest will benefit the Greene family.

Services have also been scheduled.

Visitation for Mr. Greene will take place at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton on Saturday, August 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 20, at 10 a.m. at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church in Southampton. Interment will follow at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery.

UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said a local man and his daughter were walking on the beach when they noticed something in the shallow water. Curious, they walked toward the ocean and saw Mr. Greene’s body face-down in the water. They then hailed the lifeguards from the Bath and Tennis Club, he said.

There was no one else around the area and there were no witnesses to Mr. Greene’s going into the ocean, according to Det. Sgt. Lamison.

Police did find his vehicle at nearby Old Town Beach and it appeared that Mr. Greene had gotten out to take a swim.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said police do not know the cause of the drowning. There were no visible signs of injury and Mr. Greene’s body could have been in the ocean for as long as three hours, he said.

UPDATE, 3:20 P.M.

Mr. Greene, was a chef at Schmidt’s Market on North Sea Road in Southampton Village and had been the head chef at Schmidt’s Seafood Market in North Sea since it opened, according to Dennis Schmidt. He had also worked at Barristers on Main Street for five years before he became a chef, worked as the sous chef at 75 Main and at Jean-Luc in East Hampton. Later he became the executive chef at Jean-Luc.

Mr. Greene had appeared on the Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2006 and was known as “K-Grease.”


A Hampton Bays man died this morning when he drowned at Wyandanch Lane Beach in Southampton Village.

Keith S. Greene, 35, was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m.

Members of the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Police, Southampton Fire Department and four Southampton Bath and Tennis Club lifeguards attempted to save his life, but were unable.

According to Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, the police department received a 911 call about a possible drowning from a couple walking on the beach.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said police are investigating and ask that anyone who may have further information should call 283-0056.

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RIP Keith. You will be greatly missed.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 3:56 PM
Rest in Peace Keith. So Sad, my thoughts and prayers are with all the people who knew and loved him.
By tigger231 (2), Sag harbor on Aug 15, 12 4:03 PM
I never saw him without a smile on his face, what a horrible tragedy to happen to such a great guy, and family. RIP Keith.
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 4:06 PM
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God Bless your family Keith. You will be missed.
By sandy5816 (6), Wesley Chapel on Aug 15, 12 4:08 PM
What happened? The water looks pretty calm.

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Aug 15, 12 4:13 PM
Tragic news. RIP Keith Green.
By Jane Cerami (1), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 4:19 PM
I can't believe this. I just saw him out to breakfast on his daughter's bday last week. I knew Keith as a crazy fun party kid years ago. I was so proud of him for accomplishing so much and becoming a family man. This is horrible!
By Spencer (3), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 5:11 PM
So sad to lose such a kind and taleted man!
By JIMMYMACK (1), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 15, 12 5:51 PM
A great loss of a kind, sincere, fun loving family man that could cook as well as anyone. Always smiling and laughing, he could brighten up a room with humor. This is a sad day for all that knew him. K-Grease, RIP brother.
By warren (3), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 15, 12 5:56 PM
I had art class with him at SH High. He was a wild guy in his teens, some would say pretty out there, but he was always in a great mood, nice, fun loving and none of his actions had any hint of affectation. His spirit of kindness was always genuine and he was a real talent. I remember him wearing bowling shoes in class as well, just an example of his individuality. We all got a kick out of his antics, listening to Beastie Boys while drawing, and driving Ms. Altomare (art teacher) nuts! But you couldn't ...more
By watermill_mike (35), Sag Harbor on Aug 15, 12 6:16 PM
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Keith was an amazing man!! Who leaves behind a wife, 2 small children and a community who loved him so much!! RIP pal i will miss not speaking to you everyday!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 6:43 PM
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so sorry for a young wife with 2 young children to have to deal with this tragic event. Heartfelt simpathy goes out to them and his extended family at Schmmidts
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 15, 12 7:49 PM
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This is a terrible and painful loss to our Village. Keith was an amazing chef and a great supporter of the Southampton Historical Museum. He loved to feed people and was incredibly generous with his talents. He will be sorely missed as well for his kind, warm and gentle spirit. Condolences to his family, Schmidt's Market and everyone who knew and loved him.
Tom Edmonds, Southampton Historical Museum
By Tom Edmonds (10), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 9:04 PM
Keith we will miss you so much. Have known you since you were a little boy.
Deepest sympathy to your family.
By masinmary (11), southampton on Aug 15, 12 9:42 PM
RIP Keith! Schmidts won't be the same without you....peace & blessings to his family during this difficult time.
By concerned hamponite (7), hamptons on Aug 15, 12 10:43 PM
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keith rip u will be greatly missed a guy that could cook his ass off and a great friend will alwas remember the great times we had growing up .
( and the ranger jersey in high school ) love u deepest sympathy to the family !!!!
By pete d (1), southampton on Aug 16, 12 6:30 AM
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very sorry to hear of this , rip !
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Aug 16, 12 2:09 PM
thoughts and prayers go out to the Greene family and extended family. I had the pleasure of going to HS with Keith and his brother and cousins who I consider good friends. Even though keith was a few years older, we still hung out in similar circles. All the memories I have of Keith are happy, charrismatic, and enjoying what life had to offer. This year has been a really hard year in regards to tragics losses that has hit our community. I Pray that the creator watches over his family and children ...more
By Shinnecock79 (2), Phoenix on Aug 16, 12 3:14 PM
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Myocardial infarction. The words are just stuck in my head.

RIP buddy. See you on the next plane...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 16, 12 5:01 PM
Keith was larger than life, he was full of heartfelt love for his family. He was so excited to get married and so blessed to have a beautiful wife and two lovely children. Margie knew he hung the Moon. I remember eagerly awaiting his arrival in the spring and how sad his MA was to see him go. My heart is so heavy, I know that he is at peace. I can still hear him hollering MA with Margie coming to him full speed. I know he's safe, I am so thankful I was privileged enough to know him and how much ...more
By Jewels frm Roosters (1), Mukilteo on Aug 16, 12 5:18 PM
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Keith: Rest in Peace.I came to the market 2-3 times a week with my little son and It was always a pleasure to see you at the market with your face so bright and happy just like the rest of the gang at Schmidt's. Sorry you left us so quick. My condolence to the families, his friends and those that worked with him. May G-D bless your soul.

Robin Eshaghpour and Family,
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Aug 16, 12 11:56 PM
My heart goes out to this man's family and my prayers too...a great loss for all. This man was a pillar of the community. Just the sort of man Southampton was built upon. We join his family in their grief and offer whatever support they need. We will miss his caliber of character in the years ahead.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 6:46 AM
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Everyone that knew you Keith will miss you. Rest in peace buddy!
By fish head (9), Southampton on Aug 19, 12 5:25 AM
Our whole family loved Keith. He catered, no made, two of our important family celebrations. He always took care of these as though our family was his family. We we felt he was part of our family. We will so mourn him and miss him. And we send his family our deepest sympathy and love. Arthur, Grethe, Sophie, Warren and Ansel Elgort
By Grethe Elgort (3), Southampton on Sep 4, 12 9:26 AM