An 86-year-old Seaford woman died after she slipped and fell into a canal behind her house while cleaning the family boat, Nassau police said.
Lorraine Auld, of Peconic Avenue, was found by her husband, Thomas, 85, wedged between the dock and the bulkhead Saturday. A neighbor called 911, and police tried to revive her. She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
An autopsy determined Auld died from drowning, police said.
"She was lovely," her husband, Thomas Auld said. "She was very caring. Most of her life was devoted to her family."
The couple loved boating together, Thomas Auld said, and his wife especially loved to fish. She was cleaning their current boat, a 25-foot Parker, Thomas said, when the accident occurred.
The couple has owned about 15 boats since they moved to Seaford in 1973. While they hadn't been out on the boat much this summer, Auld said, in prior summers the pair went out every other weekend.
"We had a very lovely marriage," Auld said. "We never did anything separately. We were always together."
The couple passed on their love of boating to their three children and grandchildren.
"They all know how to boat," said Peter Couvaris of Seaford, the Aulds' son-in-law. "Her sons love it [fishing]."
Lorraine Auld, a stay-at-home mom, also loved to clean, and would hose the boat down about once a week.
"She was attached at the hip to the hose," Couvaris said. "That was one of her passions."
Lorraine Auld was born in Astoria on May 14, 1927, her husband said. She grew up in Astoria and met Auld at a dance at Kneers Ballroom in Astoria. The two were married in 1948, her husband said.
The couple continued living in Astoria until they moved to Seaford. They enjoyed vacationing in Rockaway Beach at a rented bungalow until 1970, Auld said.
Besides caring for her family, Lorraine Auld enjoyed gardening and was very handy when it came to household repairs, her husband said.
"She could do almost anything around the house," he said. "She was known throughout the neighborhood for maintaining a beautiful home."
In addition to her husband, Auld is survived by two sons, James Auld of Seaford and Thomas Auld of Forest Hills; a daughter, Lori Couvaris of Seaford; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Viewing is at the Charles G. Schmitt Funeral Home at 3863 Merrick Rd. in Seaford from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. William the Abbot Roman Catholic Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford.