Pietro CORCESE

CORCESE, Pietro “Peter” passed away on October 2, 2011, at the age of 75, with his loving family at his side. Born on January 20, 1936, in Cervaro, Italy, to Francesco and Giuseppina (Maraone) Corcese, Peter was the youngest of seven children. At 18, he sailed to Canada to join his brother on the CPR in Boston Bar, and he later settled in Hope, where he met and married Ingrid Lundgren. He worked in construction and logging for over 35 years, and was considered one of the best fallers in the Fraser Valley, but he always thought of himself as a farmer first, and his passion for growing things (esp. tomatoes and Italian beans) remained throughout his life. He enjoyed supporting his boys in hockey, playing cards, making wine, dancing (polkas), singing Italian songs, and playing the accordian at family celebrations. His yardwork parties (unloading, stacking, and chopping firewood; picking rocks out of the garden; filtering soil) are remembered by his children and by many of the kids from the Sixth Avenue neighbourhood, as they were often followed by soccer games, ice cream, or weenie roasts over a huge bonfire. In 1993, he suffered a major stroke, followed by the loss of his beloved son, Francesco “Frank”, in a float plane accident. Peter spent the next 12 years at home, nurtured by Ingrid, where he was able to enjoy some gardening and walks with his grandchildren and dogs. He had a soft spot for animals and was an avid supporter of the SPCA for many years. Peter is survived and dearly missed by his family: Wife, Ingrid Corcese of Hope; Children, Doris (Larry) Freeston of White Rock, BC; Dean (Tammy) Corcese of Victoria, BC; Nancy Carleton of White Rock; Grandchildren, Arlene, Cole, Caitlin, Cord and Zachary; Brother, Ferdinando (Mary) Corcese, and extended family in Canada, Italy, and France. A funeral Mass was held October 8th at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fraser Hope Lodge, Father Peter Altamirano, and Peter’s dear friends from Park Street Manor for their kindness and care over the years.