The Bayport Heritage Association was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Bayport. The association has an extensive collection of archival photographs, vintage clothing, artifacts and books. Through the years, the group has been particularly active in the restoration of Meadow Croft, a John Ellis Roosevelt summer home and now a historical museum on the border of Bayport and Sayville. The association provides lectures and resources- educational, historical, environmental and social programs and services for the community and interested public.

Barney M. Loughlin, 1925-2017

Barney M. Loughlin, 1925-2017

It is with great sadness that the Bayport Heritage Association announces the passing of Barney Loughlin, owner of Loughlin Vineyards located on the historic Meadow Croft Estate. He passed away on Saturday, April 30th after a short stay in hospice. He was 91 years old.

Barney was the son of Irish immigrants who were the caretakers of the John Ellis Roosevelt Estate in Sayville. Barney was a World War II Veteran and a long time type-setter for the Suffolk County News, Fire Chief of the Sayville Fire Department, and creator of a fireman's magazine called Smokey. He was also an inventor who created equipment and tools for firemen.

Described as hardworking, funny and determined, Barney enjoyed talking to the many visitors who stopped by the cozy Loughlin tasting room. He and his family decided to plant the vineyard on their 6 acre plot in 1982 after being told by East End growers that he would not succeed in the Sayville area. He clearly proved them wrong.

As a growing Historical Association, Barney was essential in sharing stories, making suggestions, and providing artifacts to help us fulfill our mission. Barney was one of a kind, loved by all and will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Arrangements are as follows:

Wake and services At Raynor and D'Andrea

245 Main Street

West Sayville

Monday May 1st, 2017

2:00-4:30 and 7:00-9:30 PM

Firematic service Monday @ 7:30 PM

Funeral Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church

May 2nd at 10:00

Internment to follow at

St. Lawrence Cemetery

Lakeland Avenue

Sayville NY 11782

Charitable donations may be made to:

Community Ambulance Company

420 Lakeland Ave Sayville NY 11782


Islip Town Fire Fighter's Museum

PO Box 674 Sayville NY 11782

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