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Jun 11, 2018 8:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Enormous Turnouts For Krupinskis' Wake And Funeral

Hundreds turned out for the Krupinski family's funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church in East Hampton on Friday. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jun 12, 2018 12:51 PM

Hundreds of friends and family shared memories and bid farewell to Ben and Bonnie Krupinski and their grandson, William Maerov, at a funeral in East Hampton on Friday, where they were eulogized by family members, foreign dignitaries and the influential local couple’s celebrity friends.

The day before thousands had filed through the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, some waiting on line for more than two hours to pay their respects, mourners filled the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton to capacity, and hundreds more gathered in an adjacent church meeting hall to view a video feed of the service.

Among those who offered eulogies for the couple and their grandson were celebrity author and homemaking guru Martha Stewart, who had hired Mr. Krupinski to renovate her Lily Pond Lane home; Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, whom Mr. Krupinski had supported financially and with the use of his private aircraft for decades; and professional golfer and renowned golf course architect Ben Crenshaw, who built the East Hampton Golf Club for the Krupinskis and the Bistrian family.

The couple’s former son-in-law, Lance Maerov, and granddaughter, Charlotte, delivered moving eulogies of the younger Mr. Maerov, who was just 22 when he died in the June 2 plane crash. Frank Ackley, Mr. Krupinski’s brother, Bruce Bistrian, Ms. Krupinski’s brother, family friend Mary Meeker, St. Andrew’s School headmaster Tad Roach and the Krupinskis’ nieces Sarah Smith and Julia Willman also offered remembrances that cited the generosity and work ethic of the Krupinskis, and Mr. Maerov’s thirsty mind and love of Volkswagen Beetles.

Recording artist Rick Davies, a longtime friend of the couple, who was a member of the band Supertramp, played a musical interlude of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on piano.

After the service, Mr. Krupinski’s casket was carried from the church by eight of his construction company’s longtime employees. Ms. Krupinskii’s casket followed, carried by her brothers and nephews.

In honor of their still-missing friend, classmates of Mr. Maerov’s from Georgetown University, where he had just completed his junior year, and St. Andrew’s School, where he’d attended preparatory school, followed the caskets out of the church, all wearing neckties that had belonged to Mr. Maerov.

In his eulogy, Lance Maerov praised and thanked the dozens of emergency workers who, led by East Hampton Town Police, were still working to recover the body of his son from the site of the sunken wreckage.

A motorcade with the Krupinskis’ caskets paraded past Ben Krupinski Builder’s offices on Newtown Lane, where the East Hampton Fire Department had hung a giant American flag from the ladder of a fire truck in the couple’s honor.

The couple were buried together in a Bistrian family plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery on Cooper Lane.

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