William H. Gale, 83, a former East Hampton Town building inspector and contractor, died on Dec. 21 in Monroe, N.C., where he had moved after retiring at the end of 1992.
Mr. Gale was a longtime East Hampton Fire Department volunteer and a former chief. A member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, he taught Sunday school there for many years. After moving to North Carolina, he served as the chairman of the board of the Bakers Fire Department in Monroe and was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
He was born in Brooklyn on July 22, 1930, to William Gale and the former Edna Benson, and grew up in Hempstead, graduating from Hempstead High School. He received an associate’s degree from Suffolk Community College before serving in the Army from 1950 to 1952, stationed in occupied Germany.
On Sept. 16, 1951, he was married to the former Amy Heisler. The couple lived in Long Beach, Rockville Centre, and Wantagh before moving to East Hampton in 1960, where Mr. Gale became a partner with a friend, Don Von Frank, in Von Frank and Gale Builders.
His family said he was skilled in the Japanese art of bonsai, enjoyed playing golf and stamp collecting, and was devoted to his wife of 62 years and his five grandchildren.
Besides his wife and a brother, Ron Gale of Virginia, Mr. Gale is survived by six children. They are Carol Gale of Charlottesville, Va., Laura Bourhana of Maspeth, William Gale of New York, John Gale of East Hampton, James Gale of Snellsville, Ga., and Edward Gale of Monroe.
The Rev. Dr. Brad Smith officiated at funeral services at the Church of St. Paul in Monroe. There was a memorial tribute by the V.F.W. and a flag ceremony conducted by the fire department.
Mr. Gale was buried at Lakeland Memorial Cemetery in Monroe. The family has suggested memorial donations to the East Hampton Fire Department, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.