Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined with Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, Councilman Tom Donnelly, United States Congressman Peter King, and Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey at a street renaming ceremony for longtime West Babylon resident Stephen J. Kish.
Stephen Kish lived on Long Island for more than 55 years, first coming to work for United Airlines at Idlewild Airport after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps following high school. Stephen served in the Marines as a Lance Corporal E4 in Vietnam from 1959-1962, after which he was hired by Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage as an aircraft assembly worker. He was involved in the production of the F-14 Tomcat and took pride in its performance for the military. He worked for Grumman for 33 years.
Stephen was married to his wife Fran for almost 55 years and is the father to Angela Winberry and Stephen W. Kish. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting in Upstate New York and was always delighted to teach younger advocates the importance of safety and skill in the woods. He lived on Van Buren Street in West Babylon and was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Church and the local little league organizations. Stephen passed away on March 22nd, 2016 and would’ve celebrated his 76th birthday this past October.
At a recent meeting of the Babylon Town Board, Resolution No. 559 was passed, renaming Van Buren Street between Lewis Avenue and Bond Street “Stephen J. Kish Way.”
Pictured with friends and family of Stephen J. Kish are Deputy Supervisor Martinez, Councilwoman Gordon, Supervisor Schaffer, Congressman King, Legislator McCaffrey, and Councilman Donnelly.