Smithtown, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – Friends and family of the man who died Friday after being tossed from his kayak somewhere near the mouth of the Nissequogue River gathered to remember him at a funeral service Wednesday.
Patrick Luca was out with his 5-year-old son Caden when, for still unknown reasons, the two were thrown from the boat. Caden was found floating in Smithtown Bay a short time later. The kayak was also recovered. Luca’s body was found the next day near Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park.
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Over 300 mourners gathered at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Smithtown for the service. His coffin, covered in an NYPD flag, was carried into the church by colleagues from the NYPD. Outside the church, ladder trucks from the Smithtown and Nesconset fire departments hung an American flag.
“The Smithtown Fire Department was honored to receive the request to provide an arch for the funeral,” fire department Public Information Officer Jeff Bressler said. “We offer our deepest condolences to the Luca Family.”
Luca, 41, was an NYPD officer and a resident of Smithtown.
He is survived by his wife Stephanie, son Caden and 22-month-old daughter Brea.
He was laid to rest at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale following the funeral service.
An investigation into the kayaking incident is continuing.