Peter ‘Pete’ Joseph Cenotti Sr., 88, of Peconic, New York passed away Dec. 5, 2020. Pete was born Sept. 8, 1932 in West Haven, Connecticut. Pete attended Bridgeport High School. Pete married the love of his life, Dolores Ciarleglio, on Mar. 2, 1953.
Shortly after graduating high school Pete joined the United States Air Force where he served in Korea during the Korean War. Pete was later stationed in Japan, and then on Long Island. After serving his country in the United States Air Force for ten years Pete was offered a job at Grumman Aero Space on Long Island where he worked as a calibration engineer for 29 years.
Pete loved saltwater fishing and on weekends could be found with his family on the beaches of Long Island in a bread truck that he converted into a camper. He later began art dealing as a hobby but later turned his hobby into a business, Discovery East Galleries in Riverhead, New York.
Pete leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Dolores Cenotti; daughter Debra Cenotti-Mickel of Grass Valley, California; daughter Sandra Dean and son in law Robert Dean of Mesquite, Texas; daughter Linda Gazzola and son in law Paul Gazzola of East Hampton, New York; and son Peter Cenotti Jr. and daughter in law Leticia Cenotti of Gonzales, Texas; brothers Dominick Cenotti, Joseph Cenotti and Albert Cenotti of Connecticut and sister Rosemarie Kempster of Florida. Pete also leaves behind longtime friend John B. Sepenoski Jr. of Peconic, New York.
Pete is preceded in death by his parents Dominick and Josephine Cenotti, brother Angelo Cenotti, sister Myra Lambrose, brother Anthony Cenotti, and grandson Francis Zwick Jr.
A Rosary will be recited on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. with a Catholic Mass following at 10 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church, 417 N. College Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629, with Father Jason Martini officiating. A burial will follow at the St. James Cemetery, located at the corner of Seydler Street and Saint Andrew Street in Gonzales, Texas 78629.
DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold New York and Seydler Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas are assisting the family with the arrangements.