Howie Jablow, who had served as Southampton Hospital’s director of respiratory therapy since 1978, died last Thursday at Stony Brook University Medical Center after a short illness. A resident of Water Mill, Mr. Jablow was 59 years old.
In addition to his position at the hospital, which he “so enjoyed and put his heart and soul into,” his family said, Mr. Jablow enjoyed sharing his knowledge through educational programs for students and with several skilled nursing facilities in the area. He was a founder of the Long Island Respiratory Care Managers Association, a trustee for the Water Mill Community Club, and a member of the Long Island East Ski Club.
Mr. Jablow was born on Sept. 17, 1951, to Florence and Milton Jablow. He was raised in New Hyde Park and graduated from St. Joseph’s College, receiving his M.B.A. from Dowling College.
According to his family, Mr. Jablow had a great curiosity for all things, and even built his own house with help from how-to books and his friends and family.
Family was a priority for him. Aside from his wife, Pat, Mr. Jablow is survived by his three daughters, Janine Jablow Balnis of Springs, Caitlin Jablow of Westhampton, and Brianne Jablow of Arizona. He also is survived by his mother, his brother, Scott Jablow of Arizona, and many nieces and nephews, and had been anxiously awaiting the birth of his first grandchild at the end of the month.
A service was held on Sunday at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. Rabbi Jan Uhrbach of the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons presided.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Southampton Hospital Foundation, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton 11968-5090, the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays 11946, the Water Mill Community Club, P.O. Box 182, Water Mill 11976, or the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 1800, East Hampton 11937.