Craig C. Morton, a Montauker who had lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico, for the past 15 years, died on Friday in Rincon after a brief illness. He was 49.
Mr. Morton was an electrician and helped a lot of people in Rincon, according to his brother, Chuck Morton of Montauk.
“He could do just about anything he put his mind to. He was loved. He was funny. They loved him down there. Everybody from Montauk who has gravitated to Rincon over the years would report back to us. They said he was like the unofficial mayor of Rincon,” his brother said, adding that Mr. Morton was hailed by his nickname Gomez — “a name I gave him from the character Gomez in ‘The Addams Family,’ and it stuck.”
The youngest of four children, he was born in St. Albans, Queens, to Chester Morton and the former Helen Schoell. He lived in West Babylon until the age of 10, when his family moved to Montauk after his father fell in love with the place. It was the early 1970s, and he attended the Montauk School and East Hampton High School, where he was active in sports, especially soccer. He was a softball player and enjoyed dirt biking, camping, and fishing. His brother said he had his own fishing technique, “which always seemed to net him a catch.”
Mr. Morton married young, but the marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by three children, Michael Morton, a general contractor in Puerto Rico, Joseph Morton, who is in the Navy stationed at Pensacola, Fla., and Chester Morton, who is in the Marine Corps and currently deployed in Kuwait.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by two sisters, Christine Morton-McDonald and Lisa Morton DeVeglio, both of Montauk. He leaves two grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be announced in the future.