Jeffrey Havlik, a retired member of the East Hampton Town Marine Patrol and a longtime member of the Montauk Fire Department, died in Montauk on Friday, a week after celebrating his 59th birthday. His death, caused by undiagnosed heart problems, was unexpected.
Mr. Havlik worked on a fishing boat before being elected a town bay constable. The post eventually became a Civil Service position as part of the East Hampton Town Marine Patrol Department. He retired in 2007. An active member of the Fire Department for 33 years, Mr. Havlik worked in heavy rescue during the majority of his time with the department, recently becoming a member of the fire police.
Born in Mineola to William Havlik and the former Ruth Hammill Havlik, he attended school in Floral Park, where he participated in wrestling and enjoyed photography. He and his wife, Barbara Elzer Havlik, who survives, had been high-school sweethearts but lost track of each other when he moved to Montauk in 1973. They reconnected years later after both had ended first marriages. “He found me,” she said. The couple were married on July 1, 2007.
“He loved everything about Montauk,” his wife said this week. “Montauk takes care of its own,” was how he described the close-knit community, she said. His days when not working were filled with fishing, clamming, and time on the beach. At home, Mr. Havlik liked to garden and spend time with his family, friends, and Uno, his mini-apricot poodle. The couple usually cooked at home, Ms. Havlik said, adding that her husband really loved pickles.
The couple had visited Mexico and looked forward to other travel, Ms. Havlik said. “We had a lot of plans.”
In addition to his wife, Mr. Havlik is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Havlik of East Hampton, a brother, Thomas Havlik of New York, and a niece and nephew. Neither of his parents is alive.
Visiting hours were held on Sunday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, with a memorial service to be planned for summer. Donations in his memory have been suggested for the Montauk Fire Department, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954.