Michael J. Drucker, a longtime resident of Montauk who came to the hamlet in his early 20s to pursue his passion for deep sea fishing, died on Jan. 18 in Farmington, N.Y., of a pulmonary embolism following surgery. He was 58.
Mr. Drucker was born in Manhattan on July 15, 1955, to William Drucker and the former Betty Ornstein. He grew up in West Paterson, N.J., and graduated in 1975 from Passaic Valley Regional High School. He attended college briefly in St. Louis, Mo., before leaving to become a commercial fisherman in Montauk, where he lived for more than 30 years. “He loved to be on the water,” said his ex-wife, Karen Drucker. Mr. Drucker later switched careers to become an electrician.
Mr. Drucker served in the Navy from 1984 to 1988, and was proud of his service, Ms. Drucker said.
In 2012, he moved to Farmington, in upstate New York, to be near his 13-year-old son, William Michael Drucker, and his son’s mother, spending as much time with him as he could.
In addition to them, he is survived by his older sisters, Yvette Blumenfeld of Hudson, Fla., and Geri Topple of Deerfield Beach, Fla. He grew up with his niece, Tonya Pierson, and nephews, Randy Pierson, Charles Blumenfeld, Jason Blumenfeld, and Gregory Topple, all of whom survive, as do his stepchildren, Alan Diamond of Syracuse and Jamie Lynn Diamond of Charlotte, N.C., a step grandson, and many friends in Montauk.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, Md., 20814, or to the American Diabetes, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.
A memorial service will be held in Montauk at a later date.