Asa Cituk of Southampton, a son of a farm family that hailed from Poland and settled on the East End and a construction worker who helped to build Leisurama houses, Gurney’s Inn, and the Montauk Downs in Montauk, among other structures, died on Nov. 18 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 94.
Mr. Cituk, who was baptized as Isadore Chituck, loved to work on the water and was a member of the Southampton Town Baymen’s Association as well as the Long Island Fishermen’s Association, for which he served as director for a number of years. He was a full-time bayman for a number of years, digging clams and scalloping into his late 80s.
His wife, the former Margaret Miller, was a member of a Springs family. The couple met on a blind date, and were married for 72 years. Mrs. Cituk survives her husband.
Born in Cutchogue on May 14, 1917, Mr. Cituk was the second eldest of seven children born to John and Pauline Chituck, who came to the United States through Ellis Island. His parents worked on farms, including the Schwenk farm in Sagaponack, before obtaining their own farm in Eastport, where Mr. Cituk grew up.
He left school after the eighth grade to work on the family farm, and on an Eastport duck farm, then in the late 1930s and early 1940s worked as a “gandy dancer” for the Long Island Rail Road, maintaining the rails between Speonk and Montauk.
Mr. Cituk was part of the crew that dismantled the fishing village in Montauk to make way for a Navy torpedo testing facility, his family said. As a laborer for the General Building Laborers Local 66, beginning in 1956, he was involved in many major construction projects in East Hampton Town, including the town police station and highway barn.
He retired in 1981 from the Shoreham nuclear power facility, and was recently recognized as a 50-year member of the union.
Besides his wife, Mr. Cituk is survived by a daughter, Mary Vorpahl of East Hampton. Two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren also survive.
A funeral Mass was said at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton, and Mr. Cituk was buried at the Sacred Hearts cemetery there.