Alan Seader, who offered patrons of his Nesconset drugstore a neighborly conversation in addition to their filled prescriptions, has died.
He was 72.
Seader opened Seader Pharmacy in 1979, operating the company for about 20 years after leaving his pharmacist position at Finast, a now-defunct supermarket chain.
"He always wanted his kids to be better than him. My dad was a man of few words, but they were generally profound," said Jeffrey Seader, 48, of Stony Brook. He said he was influenced by his father to start his own accounting firm.
Alan Seader was born in the Bronx on Aug. 20, 1942. He graduated from Columbus High School in the Bronx and, later, Brooklyn College of Pharmacy.
He met his wife, Millie, in the elevator of a Miami Beach hotel in 1959 when their families, both of New York City, were vacationing.
"I was on the elevator and he walked in," said Millie Seader, 69.
At the time, she was 13 and he 16. They dated for five years before marrying, celebrating their honeymoon in the same city where they met.
"He was loved and respected by the entire community. He was a very strong, professional and caring person," Millie Seader said.
The couple moved to Nesconset from Brooklyn in 1969 and a decade later Alan Seader opened Seader Pharmacy on Smithtown Boulevard. The pharmacy closed its doors in 1998 after CVS Pharmacy bought the business, family members said.
As part of the agreement, CVS offered him a job as a pharmacist.
"They basically said close your store and come work for us," Jeffrey Seader said. "I got to see the lifestyle he had of being his own boss."
The father of four worked for CVS until 2010, when he and his wife moved to Boynton Beach, Florida.
Jeffrey Seader said his father was a figure in the Nesconset community whom everyone knew.
"Many came not only to fill prescriptions, but to talk sports or life in the neighborhood," he said. "People would just talk to him. He had a funny side. He was a practical jokester and did magic tricks."
Family members also said Seader was a huge New York Rangers and New York Knicks fan.
He died at his Boynton Beach home on June 22 of a degenerative neurological disorder, family members said. Funeral services were held on June 25 at Star of David Memorial Chapel in West Babylon.
Besides his wife and son, Seader is survived by his other sons, Mark Seader, 46, of Succasunna, New Jersey, and David Seader, 37, of Los Angeles; his daughter Amy Shochat, 45, of Dix Hills; and nine grandchildren.