Nassau County police have identified the man who died after being pulled from the Jones Beach Inlet on Friday.
Two good Samaritans noticed Daniel Boyle, 63, of Baldwin floating in the water near the west channel of Jones Beach. They contacted police after bringing him onto their boat, police said.
Saturday his daughter Tammy Genovese remembered her Navy veteran father as a warm and generous person who immediately made a positive impression on people.
“He was always a happy, cheerful person and very friendly,” Genovese of Wantagh said. “He also taught us to stay strong for each other and always be the rock he was to us.”
She said her parents had been married for 43 years. For his 60th birthday, his wife, Cindy, had gifted Boyle with the 20-foot Wellcraft, which he used to go fishing on Friday.
“He loved fishing,” Genovese said. “It’s what he loved to do most, he would leave work, he did it every single day that he could get out of work early.”
She said her father worked as a tractor-trailer driver.
Boyle is also survived by his son Daniel of Island Park and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at O’Shea, followed by a military service and burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
On Friday at 2:15 p.m. the good Samaritans noticed Boyle floating in the water and contacted police.
Nassau County Marine Bureau boat 21, Town of Hempstead Bay Constable and the Coast Guard responded and performed CPR on Boyle. A boat took him to the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station. He was later transferred to a Nassau County ambulance and taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m. Friday, police said.
Responding agencies found Boyle’s capsized boat in the inlet, but officials did not know what caused it to overturn.