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“I am honored to have had the opportunity to have met your father. He truly was a great guy. He had an incredible life, many travels, saw things both...Read More »
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“My dearest thoughts go out to Elizabeth and Kevin at the passing of Peter, my dear uncle, who was loved and touched by all who knew him. A true...Read More »
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“I've met very few people in my life I felt deserved to be addressed as "Sir". Peter was one of the most loving and charming gentleman I've ever met....Read More »
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“Our deepest sympathy Elisabeth and family. The Clerkin Family, Wellesley ”
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Peter Carmelo Tornabene, 94, of CareOne Lexington Nursing Home in Lexington, Massachusetts, died in Lexington on the evening of February 20, 2017, of Alzheimer's disease. Peter was the second son of Michael and Josephine (Mistretta), born "on the kitchen table" in Newton Centre in July, 1922. After being graduated from Newton High School, he was accepted into Northeastern University's cooperative work program in 1940. He took a three-year hiatus when called to serve with H Company (heavy artillery) of the 89th Infantry Division, and he pursued the German Army as far as Dresden, then guarded prisoners in Rouen, France, then served in administrative positions in Linz, Austria, and London, United Kingdom. He completed his degree in Civil Engineering at Northeastern University in 1947. On June 16, 1957, he married Margaret Anne (Remick) of Brighton, at Cathedral of The Holy Cross. They were married 41 years at the time of her death. The highlight of Peter's illustrious, six-decade career in engineering was building the I.M Pei-designed Christian Science Center from 1968-1972. This complex was designated a Boston Landmark in 2011. Peter loved music, especially the improvisational heart of mid-century jazz: "I listen because I never know what the musician's going to 'say' next." His favorite artists included Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, and Gene Krupa, and he loved to play along to records on piano and melodica. He is survived by his only child, Elizabeth Weishaar, of Stowe, Vermont, his cousin Mary Tornabene, of Newton Centre, his dear friend Ardelle Webster of Wellesley, his niece Michele Tornabene and his grand-nephew Kenneth Sterling, and by his late nephew's life partner, Gene Doucette, all three of whom live in California. A funeral service will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday, February 23rd at 11:30 AM. Visitation will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 am on Thursday morning prior to the service. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Newton Cemetery.