It was with deep sadness that we learned this week of the death of longtime Water Mill Post Office clerk Clifton Nordmeier. The news was made sadder by the fact that just the Friday before, Cliff was presented with a pin marking 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service, all of them in Water Mill. It was to be the last time his colleagues would see him.
On Monday, Postmaster Richard Most became concerned when he arrived at work and Cliff had not been there to open up the post office vestibule. With a reputation for being punctual and reliable, Cliff had never missed the 6:30 a.m. opening. Mr. Most hopped in his truck and headed out to East Hampton to check on Cliff. When Cliff did not answer his door, Mr. Most called police. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Mr. Most described Cliff as a model employee and one who will be difficult to replace.
Ruby, normally the source of all the good news coming out of the Water Mill Post Office, has reported that many customers were very sad to hear about Cliff. To honor him, a pear tree, Cliff’s favorite, will be planted in front of the post office at a future date.
Prayer services are set for today, Thursday, April 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at the NF Walker Funeral Home, 2039 Merrick Avenue, in Merrick. The funeral will follow.
In other local news, it’s no surprise to me that Southampton High School senior Eric Wittenberg earned All-County status after participating in the Suffolk County Math Teacher’s Association Contest, a county-wide exam given locally at each participating school. His parents are both super smart and his grandparents, my next-door neighbors, are super-duper smart. Eric will be attending the SCMTA awards dinner in May, where he will be recognized for his achievement. Way to go, Eric!
The Zumba classes being held at the Water Mill Community Club are becoming very popular. And that’s good news for all of us because it means an extended engagement, through the month of April. Stop by any Thursday through May 3. Class starts at 7 p.m. Be ready to move!
I am trying to track down news of the winners of Water Mill Community Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, but it looks like it will have to wait until next week.
Best wishes to all for a lovely Easter or Passover holiday!