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Oct 24, 2014 12:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Visitations For Gordon Werner To Be Held Tuesday, Wednesday

Oct 27, 2014 6:45 AM

UPDATE: Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Times have been set for the visitation and funeral services honoring Mr. Werner at Follett and Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach.

Visitations will be held on Tuesday, October 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. and the following day from 2 to 4 p.m. then again from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home at 60 Mill Road.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 30 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church on Quiogue and a private cremation will follow.

Mr. Werner's family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donation can be made to East End Hospice, Immaculate Conception's food pantry or the Gordon Werner Memorial Scholarship.

Original Story:

Gordon Werner, a longtime resident, business owner and community leader in the greater Westhampton area, died Thursday night while on vacation with his family in Florida.

Operator of the Follett and Werner Funeral Home on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach, as well as a member both of the Westhampton Beach Board of Education and the Rotary Club of Westhampton, Mr. Werner’s presence was felt throughout Westhampton Beach Village, his home hamlet of Westhampton and much of the surrounding area.

Family friends said Mr. Werner died after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.

Mr. Werner was actively involved in East End Hospice, serving on the organization’s advisory board prior to its formation and, more recently, acting as a member of the nonprofit’s ethics committee while also training new volunteers. For his efforts with the organization, Mr. Werner was presented with the 13th annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award in 2012.

“The true Good Samaritans are the volunteers and the nurses of East End Hospice, and I accept this award on their behalf,” he said at the time.

Additionally, Mr. Werner was director of the Westhampton Cemetery Association and actively involved with the Family Service League in Westhampton Beach. In 2000, both he and Jeannette McCreedy served as co-grand marshals of the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

A resident of Westhampton since 1989, Mr. Werner is survived by his wife, Bernadette, five children and many grandchildren. His family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Funeral services will be held at Follett and Werner, although times have not yet been set.

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So very sad. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to all of Gordon's family and friends.
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on Oct 24, 14 3:40 PM
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Such a wonderful man and community representative. Prayers and thoughts with his family at this terrible time.
By southfork11960 (14), Southampton on Oct 24, 14 3:51 PM
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It is with great sadness to hear the sad news of Mr Werners passing. I lost my 37 year old son about 1 1/2 years ago, and Mr Werner handled my sons funeral. At the saddest day in our families life. Mr Werner offered his sincere and kind hearted services with respect and emotional support to help with my families sadness and grieving . Mr Werner has become part of my families life and death with dignity and respect. I am deeply saddened by his death and wish him and his family Gods blessing and ...more
By 1percent (52), Quogue on Oct 24, 14 5:41 PM
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devastating news.....a man like gordon is not supposed to leave so quickly and so soon....its a shame we all never had the opportunity to say good-by and thank him for all he did. my thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.
By Peter Zegler (9), Westhampton Beach on Oct 25, 14 7:44 AM
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Gordon Werner was as good as they come. He was always a pleasure to be with, and he was always doing something good. The community has lost one of its finest, and far too soon.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 25, 14 5:52 PM
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The How?andWhy?will never be answered to anyone's satisfaction when it comes to the all so early departure of one of WHB's Giants ... One who gave so much and asked for little.
More done sofar behind the scenes than in front.
The devoted head of a family that lived all of his values... While devoting much of his personal time to other people's families.
Although always on the go... Both he and his partner in life always made time to care and share with all who valued their friendship ...more
By kahuna (70), Tampa on Oct 27, 14 12:40 PM
My condolences go out to the Werner family. Gordon was a "one of a kind person". He had a way of touching hearts in our town, the entire east end community and beyond. Whether it be stuffing turkey baskets, delivering bags of toys for "Toys for Tots", or just doing his job that he did so well as longtime funeral director of Follett & Werner, WHB. May God be with his family and sustain them during this very difficult time. God Bless you Gordon. You surely blessed us.
By 631dune (1), vero beach on Oct 29, 14 12:57 PM