Dr. Gavino Mapula, who served Montauk’s residents for over 25 years at the Montauk Medical Center, died of kidney failure in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 27. He was 76.
Born Aug. 12, 1937, in Mandaluyong Rizal, Philippines, to Pedro Mapula and the former Consolacion delCastillo, Dr. Mapula received his medical education at Far Eastern University in Manila. After emigrating to the United States in 1968, he completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth, N.J., before going on to a residency at Kings Park Psychiatric Center. He was a medical adviser to emergency medical technicians and taught advanced E.M.T. courses. He was also affiliated with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and the Suffolk County Medical Society.
Before joining the Montauk community in the early 1980s, Dr. Mapula served as director of the emergency services department at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson and Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue. In Montauk, he was medical adviser to the fire department and physician for the Montauk School and the Coast Guard station at Star Island.
Dr. Mapula was an active member of the Montauk Lions Club and was honored by the Montauk Friends of Erin, which named him grand marshal of the hamlet’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1995. In 1998, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce named him Man of the Year. He was also an active member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, and was past president of a Filipino-American association.
An amateur singer, he specialized in old tunes. He was also passionate about golf, which he played as time allowed.
Dr. Mapula was married to his best friend, Donna Burns of Jacksonville, who survives. Ms. Burns assisted him at the Montauk Medical Center for 25 years. After retiring, the couple moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and then to Jacksonville.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Dr. Marisol Mamaradlo and Glenda Paragas, both of the Philippines; Gavino Jr. and Eric, both of Conway, S.C., and Thaddeus, of Ontario, Canada. A stepson, Joseph Burns of Kansas, also survives, as does a sister, Blessa Hindley of Ontario, along with 17 grandchildren.
Dr. Mapula was buried in Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held in Montauk at a time and place to be announced. The family has suggested memorial contributions in his name to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney.org or 30 E. 33rd St., New York 10016.