A titan of local news has been lost as the publisher of the Long Island Advance, John T. Tuthill III, passed away at the age of 86 on September 22.
A graduate of Colgate University, Tuthill had been chief of the Advance since 1972, when he took over for his father Captain John Tuthill, Jr,.
Tuthill III was active in the Bellport and Patchogue communities as a private citizen, and a patron of local journalism in both his stewardship of the newspaper and as the president of the Board of Directors for the New York Press Association.
Tuthill passed away peacefully at Long Island Community Hospital surrounded by family. In addition to his son, Terry, he is survived by his wife, Lorelei.
A public memorial will be held Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Medford, with a private memorial to follow on Friday.