Anthony Correale, who retired from the East Hampton School District in 2003 after 39 years, died at his house in Manorville on Tuesday at the age of 69. The family did not provide further details.
Mr. Correale, a high school English teacher for many years, was the assistant superintendent at the time of his retirement, but he had also worked as a speech teacher, director of English language arts, and as a Student Association adviser during his nearly four decades in the district.
“He brought so much to the East Hampton community,” said Richard Burns, the district’s superintendent. He described Mr. Correale as “a great guy,” and credited him with starting the popular senior citizens lunch served by students prior to the high school musical. “His forte was the Student Association,” Mr. Burns continued. “He had a knack for fund-raising, and used to plan these school flea markets where everyone would get involved. He had this wonderful energy, and was a well-respected teacher and administrator. He will be missed.”
During his tenure, he helped develop curriculum, initiated distance learning in the district, and helped start the high school writing center, which received a national award for excellence.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Correale said that his best experiences were “working with a lot of talented people and helping them to become successful.”
Mr. Correale is survived by his children, Nicholas Correale, Sean Correale, and Marisa Correale, and by a brother, Fred Correale, a sister, Dorothy Lerose, and six grandchildren.
A funeral was held at Sinnickson’s Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches on Friday, with a Mass on Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, also in Moriches. He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.