Dale Uhll

      Dale Uhll, a carpenter and general contractor and former Amagansett Fire Department volunteer, died on Oct. 31 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, of complications following heart surgery. He was 71.

       Mr. Uhll loved his work as a builder, and was known for the quality of his workmanship and dedication to his customers. Even after retiring to Conway, S.C., his family said, he continued to help neighbors and local contractors with building projects.

       “In his own quiet and unassuming way, he always watched out for his family, friends, and neighbors,” the family said, “quietly offering help and advice and asking nothing in return.”

       A member of the Amagansett Fire Department for 15 years, Mr. Uhll also loved working on and racing cars, especially his No. 18 modified car, which he raced at Riverhead Raceway. He also raced at the Bridgehampton Raceway, emerging as the winner in one race, said a son, Tommy Uhll of Lincolnville, Me.

       Born in the Bronx, a son of Howard and Marie Uhll, Mr. Uhll grew up in that borough, in Florida, and in Southampton. He attended public school there, but left after the ninth grade to support his family.

       Mr. Uhll worked on his own to further his education and professional knowledge, later earning a certificate in architectural estimating from Pace University.

       With his wife, Dona Uhll, he lived at first in Amagansett and then purchased land in Springs, where he built their house from the ground up.

       The couple was married in 1964; they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January. The Uhlls moved to Conway about seven years ago. Ms. Uhll survives.

       Also surviving are the couple’s three children, Michael Uhll of Ghent, N.Y., Laura Miller of Levittown, and Tommy Uhll of Maine, along with five grandchildren. Two sisters, Joan Thalacker of Rapid City, S.D., and Linda Uhll of Ithaca, N.Y., also survive.

       Mr. Uhll was cremated. A celebration of his life was held at his house in Conway on Nov. 2, and another will take place in the spring at Barnes Landing.