October 1, 1943 - December 10, 2021
NEW HARTFORD – Mr. James V. “Jimmy” Peters, age 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 10, 2021, with his wife and his family by his side. Born in Utica on October 1, 1943, to the late James “Babe” and Carmella “Millie” (Torchia) Peters, Jimmy remained local for his education. He attended Roscoe Conkling Elementary School, and then spent his high school years at Riverside Military Academy, located in both Gainesville, Georgia and Hollywood, FL. Years later, Jimmy loved to reminisce about the happy and memorable times spent at Riverside. For his college years, Jimmy chose to enroll in Syracuse University, but he respected the fact that his dad had become ill, and therefore responsibly joined the family business. Jimmy married his love, Bernadette “Bernie” Graniero, on October 2, 1965. The couple shared a very compatible and traditional marriage that was filled with love for each other. They were blessed to have a beautiful home life and both thought of their union as a great success. Indeed, Jimmy was very fortunate to have his best friend by his side every day, especially as the years progressed. Jimmy supported his family by diving into the family concern – Peters Glass Company, the business founded by his late father in 1936. The company has always been located on Third Avenue, currently at 719, with the business still in existence and being run by the third generation. Jimmy, along with his sister and brother-in-law T. Elaine and Donald Talerico, inherited the business, and worked together to take it to the next level within the industry. Jimmy began his days early at 7:30 and would always stay till 5:00, if not later. He saw to all of his responsibilities with pride. They were truly entrepreneurs; moreover, they were well-respected in the community for their integrity. In December of 2003, Jimmy turned the reigns over to his son and nephews who today proudly carry on the family legacy. By nature, Jimmy was a generous and easy-going man. His disarming character invited effortless conversation, and he made friends who would long remain loyal. In particular, as a father, Jimmy was full of love and desired that his children should do well for themselves. He was generous in spirit, humble, and abounding in kindness to them. Even when he was interested in and held convictions about world affairs, Jimmy chose to never act controversially. Jimmy’s style and his grace will long be remembered by those who loved him. Although Jimmy’s first priority was to be a good man, his second passion was for a good meal. Whether it was Bernie’s cooking or a meal out, Jimmy loved good food. Additionally, he was very open-minded and loved to explore other cultures’ cuisines; he delighted in getting to try new experiences. Jimmy rarely broke away from work to take vacations, but his labor of love provided the family with a summer home in the beautiful Adirondacks on Fourth Lake, where many happy times were had. In later years, Jimmy and Bernie spent their winter months in Florida, and would welcome family and friends for visits. One of Jimmy’s favorite interests were the ‘harness horses’ he owned. They were trained by Barry Van Dreason and stabled at Vernon Downs, where they also raced. Some of the horses were co-owned with Sam Vedete and his late brother Richard. The men had a great rapport, and enjoyed playing the handicap races; whether they won or lost them, they found a wonderful friendship amongst themselves. When Jimmy became a grandfather, he wanted to ensure that each grandchild would be well taken care of, and so he supported their lives’ ventures. He was such a proud family man. Whenever his loved ones were together, Jimmy rejoiced. Jimmy worshipped at St. Mary of Mount Carmel/ Blessed Sacrament Parish. Jimmy is survived by his devoted wife Bern, whom he affectionately called “Mom,” and his children and their spouses who he loved as his own, Jacquelyn “Jackie” and George Mitchell, and James A. “Jim” and Cynthia Peters. He will be remembered by his grandchildren, Julia Mitchell; Joseph “Joey” Peters, and twins Alyssa and Lindsey Peters. Jimmy was preceded by his sister and brother-in-law, T. Elaine and Donald E. Talerico, Sr. He leaves behind his nephews, Donald E. Jr. and Elena M. Talerico, and Robert J. Talerico; his great-nieces and great-nephews, Melissa and Todd Reynolds, and Donald E. Talerico, III, UPD, and great-great-nieces and a great-great-nephew, Hayden, Isla, and Colton; and his cousins from the Daniels, Peters and Torcia families, including Theresa Daniels and late husband Jeff, the Nora and Edwards families, including Carl Nora, Lt. UFD and wife Beth Ann; and the Donovan and Femia families. Jimmy was blessed with friendships with Sam and Cathy Vedete, Fran and Pat Palmieri, Mike and Nancy Viti, and his buddies at the Washington Mills Dunkin Donuts; his daughter-in-law Cindy’s dad, Billy Stamboly, and Marie J. Colosimo. Jimmy was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur A. and Margaret M. Graniero; as well as his son-in-law George’s parents, Tom and Angela Mitchell; and his daughter-in-law’s mother, Adeline Stamboly. The Peters family would like to extend their gratitude to the caregivers at the Masonic Care Community of New York, who could not have been more loving and compassionate, or worked harder to make the Peters family more comfortable. The family would also like to mention a few of the many who gave exceptional care, including Dr. Florin Olteanu “Dr. O,” Dr. Kevin McCormick, Melissa Battle, social worker, and Bernie’s “go to person,” R.N. Shannon, the wonderful staff of the Albany Household – Doreen, Bobby, Analee, Delilah, Lennie, Paul, Dana, Emeile, Jay, Mimi, Izzy, Kristina, Vicky, Sue, Roseanne, and Emily; as well as fellow residents Mary Ellen Gahan and roommate Jim Acatatto, who always had a watchful eye on Jimmy. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, December 17, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. The Peters family will gratefully accept donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which can be made in Jimmy’s memory online at https://www.stjude.org/donate; envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jimmy’s Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life which will commence on Saturday morning, December 18, 2021 at 11:00 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, 648 Jay St. Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required at both events, to remain in compliance with the state and county mask order. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
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