Julian D. MacKay, 75, of East Quogue, NY, passed away on August 25 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Julian was born in London, England, on October 15, 1945. He immigrated to the United States as a small child and graduated from Division Avenue High School in Levittown. Julian went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from SUNY Oneonta. While in college, Julian married Jeanne Hoffmann; they were married for fifty-five years and had two children, a daughter Christie and son Keith.
Julian was a social studies teacher at Westhampton Beach High School for over thirty years before retiring in 2004. He was known for his “old-school” teaching style and dry wit. Besides an illustrious career in education, he was well known in the Hamptons hospitality industry. From working many years at the Boardy Barn to owning Tokens in Westhampton Beach, his familiarity with the Westhampton student body paid dividends when it came time for Julian to validate IDs at the door!
British cars were his passion. Some of Julian’s happiest moments were spent in his “office” with his Jaguars, whether it was racing or rebuilding. A fixture at the Bridgehampton Race Track and other motorways around the Northeast, Julian accumulated numerous trophies for his racing prowess. In addition, Julian put his teaching skills to use on the track, where he served as a racing instructor for several years. After retiring from racing, Julian pursued his private pilot’s license and earned his FAA A&P Mechanics license after retiring from teaching. He always enjoyed working with his hands; Julian could usually be found in a garage, fixing all modes of transportation.
A common sentiment expressed by family and friends of Julian was his dependability and willingness to help out whoever needed him. Echoed repeatedly is the point that no matter what, Julian was always there to fix any situation that needed fixing - all you had to do was ask.
Julian is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hoffmann MacKay, his daughter Christie, his son Keith and grandsons Kaden and Ethan MacKay, all of East Quogue, his brothers Bruce and John, and his sisters Janet and Mary, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Werner-Rothwell Funeral Home, 60 Mill Rd. Westhampton Beach on Saturday, September 4, from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to East End Hospice online or mailed to PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
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