From political leaders to musicians, Huntington lost a variety of residents in 2012 who contributed to the community for many years. Among them were:
Phil Antonucci, a musician, an award-winning sound mixer and a devoted volunteer and family man, died Aug. 27 at the age of 59. Antonucci won several honors, including an Emmy, for his work as a recording engineer and sound technician. He also had served as president of the Huntington High School Band Parents Association and as the announcer at the band's shows.
Lorraine Boccio, a volunteer whose many contributions earned her official recognition but primarily the love of many in the Huntington Station community, died Oct. 5. She was 60 years old and had suffered from pancreatic cancer.
James Conte died Oct. 16. The long-serving state assemblyman for the 10th district was 53 when he lost his fight with cancer. In July, the Huntington Station resident had announced that he would not seek another term after serving in the Assembly for 24 years. Conte was also a two-time kidney transplant recipient and a major advocate of organ and tissue donation.
Arthur Goldstein, a former prosecutor and town attorney, died Aug. 20. He was 79. He founded his own law firm and was active in many civic affairs,
John McCusker, a longtime member of the Huntington Bay village board, died July 5. He was elected to the board three times before resigning because of his health in 2011. He was 73.
Kenneth Revell, a professional jazz musician and teacher, died July 30. He was 84. A saxophone player with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Huntington Community Band and the Long Island Sound Symphony, the longtime Huntington resident was a Jones Beach Band Shell musician for many years.