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Obituary for Peter D. Privitera

October 29, 1932 - March 7, 2021
Somerville, Massachusetts | Age 88


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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