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Peter J. Venuti
April 14, 1965 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Peter James Venuti, 58, of North Windham, CT, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2024. Peter graduated from Morgan High School where he met the love of his life, Linda. They married in 1984 and were inseparable from that point on; they were truly best friends. Peter grew up in Killingworth, CT, where he and Linda raised their family. Peter, his father and brothers started Venuti Enterprises Inc. Sand and gravel was in his blood. If you wanted to know where there was gravel Peter always knew, if he didn’t, he would find it. He was exceptional in that field, which led him to form so many friendships through the years. His work ethic was unmatched. Peter was an amazing storyteller which always left you with a smile, or a question mark.
Peter and Linda purchased property in North Windham in 2005. They fell in love with the land and saw it as their next adventure; and boy did it ever become their next chapter in life. After Peter, Linda, Little Pete and Sam moved to North Windham, he called his new family compound his happy place. Whether he was hunting out back, splitting firewood, him and mom hiking through the woods, or tinkering in the coops, his new home gave him a whole new joy. Watching his visions come to fruition is what put the biggest smile on his face.
Peter's passions were as clear as the rumble of a jake brake on a quiet morning. He loved his family fiercely, almost as much as he loved hunting—though it's fair to say the deer probably didn't share the sentiment. Though he was always looking for the big buck, and yes even with his trophy deer he still was less about the game and more about the stories he could tell. He formed special bonds with his hunting buddies that became family, that will never be forgotten; and yes, all those stories are true. “Who shot the big buck.” He treated every Sunday as a holy day dedicated to the church of sweatpants and relaxation. His love of classic cars, triaxles’, Harleys, watching NASCAR and being home were some of his favorite things.
Peter was more than just a savvy businessman; he was the heart and soul of his family. They meant the world to him. He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda, who was the calm to his comedic storm. His son Peter, who has inherited his father's knack for both sand and gravel and causing laughs. His granddaughter Hailey, no doubt, will miss her PopPop's contagious laughter. His daughter Samantha, her husband Justin Messina, will zoom on with his legacy and their little speedsters Giovanna and Lorenzo, revved up the joy in his life. He was larger than life in all their eyes. His brothers, Donald (Cindy), Michael (Chris), and Tim (Cheryl), along with brother-in-law George (Janet) Eccleston, are left with a treasure trove of memories, from childhood memories, hunting trips, to the many family gatherings. Peter had a way of leaving a mark on everyone he met, and that included his many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends who will undoubtedly carry on his legacy of humor and warmth. While Peter is now reunited with his parents, Donald and Diane Venuti one can imagine the raucous reunion they're having. He is also predeceased by his in-laws, George Eccleston and Toni Morrell.
If you knew Peter, you knew a man who was selfless, loving, and wise – a trifecta of traits we could all aspire to have. He was the kind of person who truly lived life to the fullest. He was so proud to say he could sell ice to the Eskimos. In a world that often takes itself too seriously, Peter was a breath of fresh air. He reminded us that while life is fleeting, the memories we make, the love we share, and the laughter we cherish are what truly endure. In true PopPop style tell make sure to always say I Love You. So, as we say goodbye to Peter James Venuti, let's do so with a smile on our face, and the knowledge that somewhere out there he's cruising down the highway of eternity, probably in a classic car, with his sweatpants on, a twinkle in his eyes and the biggest smile that says, "Don't worry, I've got this."
Peter's family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.