2014-05-01 / Front Page

Judge Arthur Cromarty dies

Services Wednesday and Thursday

Judge Arthur CromartyJudge Arthur CromartyArthur Martin Cromarty, one of New York’s longest sitting Administrative Supreme Court Justices and namesake of the Arthur M. Cromarty Suffolk County Court Complex in Riverhead, died on May 1, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Florida. With family members at his side, he passed away from heart failure at the age of 94.

Services will be held at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home, 448 West Main St., Babylon Village, Wednesday, May 7 and Thurs., May 8 from 2 to 4:30 and 7to 9:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, Lindenhurst, New York on Friday, May 9 at 9:45 a.m.; interment to follow at Breslau Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Judge Cromarty was born to Alexander and Ellen Cromarty on July 3, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. When Arthur was an infant, he and his family relocated to Long Island, settling in Amityville. 

A lifelong believer in the importance of education, Judge Cromary began his own schooling at Amityville’s St. Martin of Tours School and Amityville High School, where he served as president of his senior class. He studied transportation and commerce at the University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Science, and ultimately received a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. 

During World War II, he served his country with distinction as a Captain in the United States Army Air Corps, completing thirty combat missions over Germany and France, for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three clusters.

Shortly after completing his military service, Arthur returned to Long Island and met Ellin Ann Hirsch, a Lindenhurst native. The couple were married in 1947, raised three children together, and were partners in life for more than sixty-six years, remaining inseparable up to the moment of Ellin’s passing in May of 2013

Judge Cromarty began working as a law clerk for Eugene L. Blumberg, Esq. of Amityville, and quickly became Mr. Blumberg’s law partner after being admitted to the New York State Bar. Only a few years later, Arthur directed his efforts toward serving in the public sector, including as attorney in the Village of Lindenhurst, Babylon Town Councilman, Babylon Town Supervisor, and other posts before becoming State Supreme Court Justice. In 1974, he began his tenure as the Administrative Judge for the Suffolk County courts, a position he would hold for seventeen years.

 Although Judge Cromarty retired from the Bench in 1993, he continued to practice law up until the final months of his life, acting as of counsel to the law firm of Long, Tuminello, LLP and serving as a Judicial Hearing Officer for the New York Court System of Suffolk County.

His daughter, Alice Cromarty of Lindenhurst,; two sons, Ross Cromarty of Scottsdale, Arizona and Peter Cromarty of Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida also survive him as do his grandchildren, Emily Murphy of Nashville, Tennessee and Christine Fitzhenry of Babylon,; three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

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