UPDATE, FRIDAY, 10 A.M.
All of the proceeds from Friday night’s Lobster Night at Schmidt’s Seafood Market will be donated to Mr. Greene’s family.
A Lobster Night dinner includes two lobsters, cooked and cracked, and sides of corn and potatoes for $29.95.
Schmidt’s Seafood Market is located at 1282 North Sea Road. Call 283-1212.
UPDATE, THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M.
Dennis Schmidt of Schmidt’s Market and Schmidt’s Seafood Market said Mr. Greene’s wife, Kristen Greene, called Southampton Village Police and Southampton Hospital looking for her husband Wednesday morning.
When he didn’t show up for work, Mr. Schmidt said he had a “bad premonition,” since Mr. Greene had always showed up for work or called when he was on his way in. He said everyone at Schmidt’s found out around 11 a.m., just after he had been pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital. Mr. Schmidt said he was the one to break the news to Mr. Greene’s mother, Margie, and took her to the hospital.
Mr. Schmidt said that he thought it was a little weird that Mr. Greene had been out swimming when he was since it was a bit stormy out, but said that Mr. Greene liked the water and was a swimmer. Additionally, Mr. Schmidt said that Mr. Greene had a bad back and thought maybe the buoyancy of the water helped relieve some of the pain.
“He worked in pain,” he said. “I can’t imagine 24/7 producing and working in pain. I don’t know, I never heard him complaining.”
Mr. Schmidt said everyone at Schmidt’s was devastated.
“He was like family and a friend first and an employee second,” he said.
UPDATE, THURSDAY, 2:15 P.M.
A memorial fund has been set up for Mr. Greene’s wife, Kristen, and his two children, Aiden and Avery.
Checks payable to the K-Grease Memorial Fund may be sent to P.O. Box 109, Southampton, NY 11969.
All proceeds from this week’s Lobster Fest will benefit the Greene family.
Services have also been scheduled.
Visitation for Mr. Greene will take place at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton on Saturday, August 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 20, at 10 a.m. at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church in Southampton. Interment will follow at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery.
UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.
Det. Sgt. Lamison said a local man and his daughter were walking on the beach when they noticed something in the shallow water. Curious, they walked toward the ocean and saw Mr. Greene’s body face-down in the water. They then hailed the lifeguards from the Bath and Tennis Club, he said.
There was no one else around the area and there were no witnesses to Mr. Greene’s going into the ocean, according to Det. Sgt. Lamison.
Police did find his vehicle at nearby Old Town Beach and it appeared that Mr. Greene had gotten out to take a swim.
Det. Sgt. Lamison said police do not know the cause of the drowning. There were no visible signs of injury and Mr. Greene’s body could have been in the ocean for as long as three hours, he said.
UPDATE, 3:20 P.M.
Mr. Greene, was a chef at Schmidt’s Market on North Sea Road in Southampton Village and had been the head chef at Schmidt’s Seafood Market in North Sea since it opened, according to Dennis Schmidt. He had also worked at Barristers on Main Street for five years before he became a chef, worked as the sous chef at 75 Main and at Jean-Luc in East Hampton. Later he became the executive chef at Jean-Luc.
Mr. Greene had appeared on the Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2006 and was known as “K-Grease.”
A Hampton Bays man died this morning when he drowned at Wyandanch Lane Beach in Southampton Village.
Keith S. Greene, 35, was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m.
Members of the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Police, Southampton Fire Department and four Southampton Bath and Tennis Club lifeguards attempted to save his life, but were unable.
According to Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, the police department received a 911 call about a possible drowning from a couple walking on the beach.
Det. Sgt. Lamison said police are investigating and ask that anyone who may have further information should call 283-0056.