Donald V. Alversa II, a commercial fisherman and lifelong Montauk resident, died after an accident on the commercial fishing boat the Jason and Danielle on Saturday. The boat, based in Montauk, was fishing about 50 miles off the coast of North Carolina at the time. Mr. Alversa was 24.
Born at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead on Dec. 23, 1988, to Renee Alversa and Michael Kalimnios, Mr. Alversa grew up in Montauk, attending the Montauk School and then East Hampton High School.
He had a wide and diverse circle of friends of all ages and backgrounds, attracted by his “powerful smile and overwhelming kindness,” his family said. He kept his friends close and, when not fishing, was never far from his beloved 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle.
“Donald passed away doing what he loved, where he loved it, and he will forever be a part of the Montauk Community that loved him so dearly,” his family wrote.
Along with his mother and a brother, Kenneth Alversa, both of Montauk, Mr. Alversa is survived by his father and stepmother, Michael and Elizabeth Kalimnios, two half-brothers, Zachary and Alex, and a half-sister, Isabella, all of Cocoa Beach, Fla.
He also leaves two aunts, several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton today from 2 to 8 p.m. A funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. Afterward, from noon to 3 p.m., family and friends will gather at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk.
Contributions have been suggested to a fund set up at Bridgehampton National Bank for the Alversa family.