Peter Bertolino, age 62, of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2021.
Peter was born on February 4, 1959 in Medford, Massachusetts and grew up in Revere, Massachusetts. He was very proud of his strong Italian roots. He often liked to reminisce about time spent with his grandparents and knew the importance of family. Peter was the beloved son of the late Michael Bertolino and late Joan (Coppola) Bertolino of Florida, and dear brother to Debra Owirka and her husband Jim of Florida, Phyllis Wright of Florida, Fred Wright of Florida, MaryJo Walsh and her husband Rick of Florida. He was the former husband to Trina (Scoppettuolo) Bertolino of Massachusetts, proud father of Taryn Bertolino and her husband Matt Carlin of California, and Janelle Green and her husband Brian of Massachusetts, and the devoted “Pop Pop” to his grandchildren. Peter is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Peter began his career in the United States Postal Service on July 26, 1980. His firm but fair attitude and strong work ethic served him well as a lifelong postal worker where he continuously moved up in position over the 30+ years he served. He dedicated time to help coworkers advance in their own careers and made lifelong friends through the Post Office. Peter concluded his career as the Manager of Newton Center and Newton Upper Falls in Massachusetts and was able to enjoy an early retirement to Florida.
His most recent role in retirement as "Pop Pop" to two beautiful grandsons had him over-the-moon with happiness. Peter always felt that his daughters were his greatest accomplishments in life and he was extremely proud of them both. He would beam with that pride when he spoke about them, knowing he did something right. He also enjoyed watching his many nieces and nephews grow, start their own families, and do well in life. He loved fiercely, had a great sense of humor, and a strong sense of compassion for others, always rooting for the underdog. Though he liked to play the "tough guy", Peter definitely had a sensitive side and tried to help others who were down on their luck. He never wanted anyone to feel alone. He had a fondness for animals, especially rescues and strays and the unconditional love they gave him in return. He will always have a special place in his heart for his late dog “Max” and his recent companion “JB” the cat.
As the holidays approach, it would be remiss not to mention how much Peter enjoyed family traditions, especially the Italian food. Stuffed quahogs from his beloved mother-in-law's kitchen and artichokes or "artee-chokes" as he would call them were particular favorites. Sunday dinner with family meant the world to him and he learned to cook these recipes over the years so that he could keep these traditions going.
Peter will be deeply missed but the many warm stories about him that his friends and family shall continue to share and laugh about will keep his memory alive for years to come.
The family requested a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association on Peter’s behalf and in memory of his late mother, Joan, who he loved dearly: http://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1
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