James Michael McHale died on Saturday at Stony Brook University Hospital after a brief illness. The cause was heart failure, said Tracy McHale, his wife. Mr. McHale was 46 and had lived in East Hampton for more than 20 years.
Music, motorcycles, and fishing were favorite pastimes, his wife said. He held an associate’s degree in audio recording from Five Towns College in Dix Hills. On the South Fork, he had owned McHale’s Deli in Amagansett, managed Wainscott Wine and Spirits in the mid-1990s, and tended bar at restaurants including Sam’s, the Maidstone Arms, and Cafe Max in East Hampton, as well as Peter Miller’s Restaurant and Lounge in Sag Harbor.
Mr. McHale was born on Feb. 27, 1967, in North Babylon to James McHale and the former Josephine Moccia, and grew up there. Neither of his parents survives.
He and Ms. McHale were married on Sept. 30, 2000. In addition to his wife, who lives in Hampton Bays, Mr. McHale leaves a daughter, Meagen Lee McHale of Seffner, Fla., and three stepchildren, Christopher Talmage, Kayla Talmage, and Lindsy Talmage Mund, all of Hampton Bays. One grandchild survives as well, as does his sister, Karen Laible of Oakdale, a brother-in-law, two nephews, and a niece, all of Oakdale.
A service will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Michael J. Grant Funeral Home in Coram, followed by a gathering at an Oakdale beach club from 7 to 9.