October 27, 2016
Peter Fazio, Jr., 92, passed away at his home on Ontario Dr., Watertown on Thursday afternoon, October 27, 2016.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, November 2, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday, November 3, at 11AM with Msgr. Robert A. Aucoin, pastor, presiding. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Peter was born in New York City on December 10, 1923, son of Peter and Maria Belli Fazio Sr.. The family moved to Watertown in 1927 and Peter graduated from Watertown High School in 1941.
He entered the US Army on January 19, 1943. He served in the South Pacific, Guadalcanal, Philippines, and Luzon and received the World War II Victory and Asiatic Pacific Middle Eastern Medals. On December 17, 1945 he was honorably discharged.
Upon his return to Watertown, Peter worked at St. Regis Paper Mill, Deferiet. From 1950 to 1963, he owned and operated N. Y. Grocery on Arsenal St. On May 26, 1956 he married Rosemary Tauroney at St. Anthony's Church with Rev. Anthony Milia officiating. After selling the grocery, he began his career with WWNY TV. He began in Sales and after 23 years of service to the station, he retired as Advertising Sales Manager.
Peter was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 496, Italian American Club, and Northside Improvement League. He enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Yankees, NY Giants, and Syracuse Orangemen. He also enjoyed walking and golf.
Along with his wife, Rosemary, Peter is survived by his three children, Peter J. Fazio and companion, Patti Nolte, Watertown, and twins, Susan F. Holeman and husband, Roy, Guffins Bay, and Steven M. Fazio and wife, Ellen, Penn Yan; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Pasquelina "Pat" Martini and husband, Mario "Bucky", Watertown, and Celestina "Celeste" Fenimore, Puyallup, WA; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Peter is also survived by his beloved friends in the Coffee Club. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Kim Le Fazio and his sister, Antoinette "Toni" Fazio.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in his name be made to either St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St. or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.