Albert S. Kachic


Albert S. Kachic, 87, beloved husband of the late Sheila, cherished father of Leslie (Paul), Valerie Sawyer (Fritz) and Alan (Georgina); devoted grandfather of Owen Sawyer; and beloved brother of Jean Paynter of Goleta, Calif., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, after a brief illness.
As longtime Eastern Regional hydrologist for the National Weather Service, Al spearheaded the development of comprehensive flash-flood warning systems for the benefit of many. After his retirement, he traveled to Bangladesh under United Nations auspices to help craft flash-flood programs designed to save thousands of lives during monsoons.
Al was a passionate member of the Huntington Historical Society, and helped organize the Huntington Militia for the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, as well as Huntington's 350th anniversary festivities in 2003.
A labor of love for Al and Sheila was the decades they spent as volunteer docents giving demonstrations of 18th century life for visitors to the historically restored Huntington Arsenal.
As a young father, Al enjoyed taking his family on memorable camping trips to Yellowstone and Williamsburg, Va., and every Revolutionary War battlefield between Lundy's Lane and Kitty Hawk.
As a loyal Penn State grad, he was also a rabid Nittany Lions football fan.
The family asks that donations be sent in Al's name to the Penn State University Libraries (
Funeral arrangements entrusted to A.L. Jacobsen Funeral Home. Huntington Station. N.Y.
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Published on February 8, 2019
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