Philip A. Pecora, 82, of 110 Fuller Rd., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, March 15,2012 at the Princeton Medical Center in Princeton NJ, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.
Born February 23, 1930 in Bradford he was a son of the late Stanley and Matilda (Caruso) Pecora.
He was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard High School where he was a proud member of the 1946-1947 football team which defeated, among many others, Canisius High School of Buffalo.
Mr. Pecora was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Military Police from 1953 to 1955 when he was honorably discharged.
He started P-V Paving Company, owned Lucky Dollar Market, Super Duper Supermarket and Plaza with his brother Richard. He developed the Chateau D'or Restaurant on East Main St. Mr. Pecora was also engaged in the oil and gas business for over 40 years.
He became a pilot at the age of 20 and was a long time member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He flew thousands of hours in his many single and twin engine airplanes .He loved to golf, especially with sons and friends. In 2002, he traveled to Rovito, Italy to visit the town where his father was born.
Mr. Pecora married Carol (Monti) Pecora on April 7, 1958, and had five children and eleven grandchildren; including son John (June) Pecora of Princeton NJ, and their three sons, Philip, Alex, and Tommy; son James (Susan) Pecora of Las Vegas and their son Trevor; daughter Anne (Joe) Grego of Centre Hall PA, and their son Joe and daugher Morgan, daughter Elizabeth (Keith) Koniares of Monmouth Beach NJ, and their daughters Kara and Kristen, and son Jay (Lisa) Pecora of Bradford, and their sons Evan and Jack, and daughter Erin, one brother Stanley E. (Patricia) Pecora of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by two sisters Rita Lonzi and Elizabeth Pecora and one brother Richard Pecora.
Friends will be received on Sunday March 18, 2012 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:00am with the Rev. Raymond Gramata pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials if desired may be made to the charity of the donors choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com