Kenneth J. Wilson, a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department who lived on East Lake Drive in Montauk for more than 30 years, died of melanoma on July 23 at Southampton Hospital. He was 73.
After retiring from the police department in the mid-1980s, Mr. Wilson owned and operated the Oceanside Beach Resort in Montauk for about 12 years, his daughter Kimberly Heller of Hillsdale, N.J., said. He later sold that business, Ms. Heller said, and bought Fischer’s Cottages on East Lake Drive in Montauk, which he ran until his death.
Mr. Wilson was born on Nov. 30, 1938, in New York City to George Wilson and the former Mariette DeFranco. He attended George Washington High School in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. He completed basic training in the Army between 1965 and 1966 before joining the N.Y.P.D.
Mr. Wilson concluded his career in the police department at Central Booking in Lower Manhattan before embarking on his “working retirement.”
“The years he spent in Montauk were the happiest in his life,” Ms. Heller said. “After he retired from the police department, he made Montauk his permanent residence. Even though he ran these businesses, these were his retirement years. He loved kayaking and loved playing tennis. That’s what he did.”
In addition to Ms. Heller, Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Sally, his adopted daughter, Maria Cecilia Wilson, both of Montauk, a brother, Dennis Wilson of the Bronx, and two grandchildren. His first wife, Loretta Conwell, who lives in Yonkers, also survives.
Visiting hours were at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on July 25. A funeral Mass was said the following day at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, followed by burial at Fort Hill Cemetery.