Daniel Bossey, who spent his youth in Springs and worked for a time for the Smith Meal company at Promised Land on Napeague, died on June 28 in Pleasanton, Tex. Mr. Bossey was 87. His death was caused by complications from an intestinal infection.
He was born in New York City on April 26, 1925, a son of William Bossey and the former Pauline Pidlozevich. He attended Stuyvesant High School in the city before transferring to East Hampton High School. When World War II broke out, Mr. Bossey enlisted. He sustained a wound in combat and nearly lost his leg. The leg was saved by penicillin. The drug had just come into wide use.
He graduated from East Hampton High after recovering from his knee wound, and, with the help of the G.I. Bill, continued his education. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and went on to obtain a master’s degree in science from Cornell University. Mr. Bossey studied toward a doctoral degree at Brown University, but stopped short in order to raise his two daughters.
Consuelo Bossey, a daughter, said her father drove trucks for a while, his stiff leg accommodated by the new automatic transmission technology. And, he was a craftsman, repairing antique furniture, even owning an antiques shop for a while. He taught life sciences and biology on the high school level in Merrick, and at Lake George, N.Y. He retired from teaching in 1985.
In recent years, he had been living in Texas, where he either stayed on his daughter’s farm near San Antonio or at the house he kept at Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast, where he loved to fish.
Ms. Bossey said her father enjoyed cooking, collecting old coins and antiques, birdwatching, reading, and classical music. In addition to Ms. Bossey, Mr. Bossey is survived by his granddaughter, Dr. Jodie Rappe, and by his great-grandson, Cameron Dimmer. Another daughter, Mary-Elizabeth, died before him.
Mr. Bossey was cremated. His ashes will be placed at Green River Cemetery in Springs near where his family once owned property.