Peter D. Privitera

  • Born: October 29, 1932
  • Died: March 7, 2021
  • Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Peter D. Privitera, formerly of Somerville and the West End of Boston, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Woburn Nursing Center, at age 88.

Peter was born on October 29, 1932 in Boston, a son of the late Gaetano Privitera and Josephine (Morello) Privitera. A native of the West End of Boston, Peter was raised with a strong sense of pride in his roots and maintained a lifelong connection with the neighborhood and his friendships. At the young age of 16, he began his lifelong love for the sea when he started working on the commercial fishing boats run by his family. He grew up learning the ocean, boating, and many life skills that he carried forever. When not on the water, he surrounded himself with anything that evoked the sea. From his experience with knotting fishing line, he made numerous macrame scarves for family members. Peter had a great appreciation for all lighthouses and was completely fascinated by anything related to the sea.

Peter's life centered around his family and friends. He took great joy in meeting up with his friends at the fish pier, or the produce market every week. He enjoyed a good laugh with his friends and catching up with old neighbors from the West End when getting together for a game of cards. He was a lively, sociable man who always had a story to tell, and never missed an opportunity to laugh. He will be deeply missed.

Peter was the devoted father of Carolyn Privitera of Saugus and the late Peter G. Privitera. Cherished grandfather of Michael Privitera of Saugus and Joseph Privitera and his wife Malori of Fitchburg. Proud great-grandfather of Isabella and Anthony. Dear brother of Francis D. Privitera and his late wife Jean of Arlington, Rosemarie Chiolfi and her husband Phillip of Danvers, Nancy Cannalonga and her husband Nicholas of Lexington, and the late Dominic Privitera. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you. With love, Peter and Barbara Bramante

Posted by Peter Bramante - Lynnfield, MA - Family Friend   March 23, 2021

Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories you have of him.

Posted by Marilyn Collette - Lynn, MA - Friend   March 22, 2021


Carolyn, my heart goes out to you and your family on the recent passing of your father. A wonderful man he surely was based upon all your fond memories and stories about him. Hoping there are calm seas and an abundance of scratch tickets in heaven. Your friend always, Bill.

Posted by William Barnhill - North Reading, MA - Coworker   March 19, 2021

Carrie and Family, I'm very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences go out to all of you.

Posted by Susan Brown - Sagamore Beach, MA - Friend   March 19, 2021

Rest in Peace-sincere sympathies to the family

Posted by George MacNeil - Hyde Park, MA - friend   March 14, 2021

To the Privitera Family

Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael Sullivan

Posted by Michael Sullivan    March 13, 2021

"May memories, fill your mind, warm your heart, and lead you through"
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Patricia Sousa - Beverly, MA   March 11, 2021

My heart and prayers are will at this time. Linda G

Posted by Linda Giamanco - GLOUCESTER, MA - Coworker   March 11, 2021

My prayers go out to the family. I hope your fond memories help to comfort you during this time. Edith

Posted by Edith Carson-Supino - Peabody, MA - Friend   March 11, 2021

Praying to a gracious God for your strength and solace in this time of grief. My deepest sympathies.

Posted by Max Tritt - Bangor, ME - Coworker   March 10, 2021

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