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Peter T. Rossi

April 17, 1940 ~ November 27, 2021 (age 81)

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Peter T. Rossi passed away in the warmth of his home and the loving care of his family on Saturday, November 27, 2021.


Peter was born 81 years ago on April 17, 1940 in Brooklyn to Grace (Miolla) and Thomas Rossi and after graduating Gilboa-Conesville Central School, proudly served in the United States Navy.  Through the years, Peter worked as a surveyor for Harrington, drove trucks for the Blenheim Creamery, was a part-time Deputy for the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department, owned Peter Tee’s Diner in North Blenheim and owned his own hot dog wagon for a time.  He started as a surveyor with DEC and eventually retired after 30 years as a Forest Ranger from DEC’s Stamford location.


You knew Peter was in the room, especially if there was music playing. He never missed a step and loved twirling his beautiful partner across the dance floor.  He loved model airplanes and his artistic side painted beautiful pictures. You also knew he was around and having fun if you caught a glimpse of his infamous Honda Scooter and one of his many, many attachments, out for a ride or on display. Peter was also known as the “Chili King.” 


He was a kid at heart and that heart loved his family, his friends and his community deeply. 

Peter gave his time and talents to many organizations and causes including the Delaware County Sheilds, the Gilboa United Methodist Church, Grand Gorge Fire Department and the American Legion.  He was a past member of the Community Action Group, Lion’s Club, Blenheim Hose Company and served as a Boy Scout Leader.


Cherishing his love and life forever are his wife: Louise (Alling) Rossi of Grand Gorge, whom he married on December 28, 1985; children: JoAnn (Michael) Freeman of Hudson, Dawnette (Randy) Hotaling of Franklin, Theodore (Dorothy) Weingates of Prattsville, Timothy (Lauren) Weingates of Prattsville, Alayna Weingates of Grand Gorge, Todd Rossi of Grand Gorge; grandchildren: Kelly (Adam) Nichols, Katelynn Swantak, Jessica Snyder, Jodie Russell, Linzee (Jacob) DeWitt, Cole (Netanya) Weingates, Jakob Weingates, Elizabeth Weingates and Owen Socci; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers: Keith Rossi and Kenneth Rossi, both of Lakeview, MI, Thomas (Cindy) Rossi of Clifton Park, Robert (Doreen) Rossi of Scotia; sisters-in-law: Betty Pohleven of Dolgeville, Alice (William) Mahardy of Richfield Springs, Lorraine (Thomas) Weingates of Clovis, NM, Lizabeth Rossi of Scotia; brother-in-law: Thomas Alling of Bulverde, TX and many other family members and friends.


All are invited to visit with Peter's family from 4PM to 7PM on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the funeral home. Private services will be held for the family, with their appreciation for your understanding.


Memorial contributions in Peter's memory may be made to the Gilboa United Methodist Church, PO Box 135 Grand Gorge, NY 12434 or the Grand Gorge Fire Dept/Rescue Squad., PO Box 40, Grand Gorge, NY 12434

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Peter, please visit our floral store.


December 2, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC
134 River Street
Middleburgh, NY 12122

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