Notable Long Islanders who died in 2011
24 notable Long Island deaths in 2011. Click here to see more Long Islanders who died in 2011.
Highway Patrolman Michael J. Califano died Feb. 5 after a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway in which a trucker who is accused of dozing off slammed into the officer's stopped patrol car. Califano's death marked the first line-of-duty police death in the department since 1993.
Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, 40, a husband, father of two and police officer for 12 years, was mistakenly shot dead March 12 by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer in Massapequa Park after responding in plain clothes to a scene where a knife-wielding man was shot and killed by other officers.
NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, an East Islip native living in Westchester, was killed on March 13 after he was pushed down a concrete staircase as he attempted to handcuff a suspect in a domestic violence case in Brooklyn.
NYPD Detective Peter Figoski, a decorated police veteran and father of four, was shot and killed responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.
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Thousands gather outside St. Joseph's RC Church in Babylon for the funeral services for NYPD Detective Peter Figoski.
John P. Biscardi, 86
Helped merge western Suffolk's independent municipal police forces into a countywide department and later rose to be the new force's top uniformed cop.
Nora Bredes, 60
Led Long Island's fight to halt the opening of the Shoreham nuclear power plant. She also headed the New York League of Conservation Voters and served as a Suffolk County legislator for eight years.
Dr. John J. Dowling, 90
A former Nassau County health commissioner who in the late '80s helped launch one of the first modern smoking bans in the country. During his tenure, the department expanded its public services, including creating a county emergency medical services council and setting up health clinics in medically undeserved communities.
William R. LaMarca, 77
A former State Supreme Court justice who ruled in several notable cases, including forcing then-Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi to remove his "wall of shame" that listed accused DWI offenders. (April 8, 2011)
Ed Lowe, 64
A Newsday columnist for nearly 30 years. He was known for chronicling the ordinary life on Long Island, a writer most comfortable hearing stories from the seat of a bar stool or across the counter at a local diner.
Lincoln Lynch, 91
A civil rights activist who pursued a lawsuit to end the Malverne school district's de facto racial separation. He also led the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. (May 11, 1998)
David Mudd, 90
A farmer who planted and cultivated some of Long Island's earliest and most successful vineyards. He was the first president of the former Long Island Grape Growers Association, now the Long Island Wine Council.
Father George Papadeas, 93
The longest continuous-serving Greek Orthodox priest in the United States, with 69 years of service. He founded St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Hempstead, one of the largest Greek Orthodox churches in the country.
Roberta Pryor, 103
Took in more than 50 foster children over her lifetime. She was known by some in her Amityville neighborhood as the "mother of the block."
Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks, 57
A Suffolk County police hate-crimes unit supervisor who led numerous high-profile probes, including the beating of day laborers in Farmingville, and the stabbing death of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero.
Lenore Sandel, 89
A longtime professor in the Hofstra University School of Education, Health and Human Services, she was one of three people to receive the university's first doctoral degrees in 1970.
John S. Toll, 87
Stony Brook University's president from 1965 to 1978. He led the campus as it grew from a small SUNY component to a major educational center.
William M. Wheeler, 87
The longtime Hempstead resident was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Wheeler was among the last of 994 pilot cadets who graduated from an experimental Army Air Corps program that began during World War II.
Joseph Volpe, 63
A Nassau homicide detective, he helped solve some of the most notorious slayings. Among them: The 1997 hit man's shooting of a Syosset firefighter, the 2001 murder of a Hofstra student and the 1988 beating and killing of a Baldwin woman who was later found floating in the Hudson River.