Peter Donelan, 57, died peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family; wife of 33 years, Susan (Ippolito), daughter Brie, son Mark, and adoring dogs Roxy and Toby.
Peter was raised in Shrub Oak, N.Y., by devoted parents Al and Mia Matteo. He shared a special bond with all nine of his siblings: Edie Flood, Debbie Reher, Patty Malan (Rich), Becky Oldham, Andy Matteo (Mary), Murray Matteo (Nancy), Ed Donelan (Laura), Mike Matteo (Suzanne), and Jim Matteo (Mayra). He also enjoyed spending time with his brother-in-law and good friend Dean Maiorano, ‘Dean-o-babe.’ He is predeceased by biological father, Walter Donelan, and step-father Al Matteo.
From an early age, Peter demonstrated his propensity for business. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1973 and started a successful career at James River Corp. (Georgia Pacific), where he rose from an entry-level position to Director of Business Technology
Peter possessed a dynamic personality that infused those around him. He was known for his spontaneity and ability to change an everyday activity into something special. This made him a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He always put others’ needs before his own and was known for his innate talent to make loved ones smile. A part of him can be found in all those he loved, and his soul will live on through his family and friends. Peter will be missed, but always remembered. “Scooby-Doo!”
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc., 10 Fowler Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512, 845-225- 3672. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to: St. Christopher’s Inn, POB 150 Garrison, NY 10524 or please visit https://stchristophersinngraymoor.org/donate