Peter K. Ballesty

November 17, 1981November 9, 2013
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Peter K. Ballesty, beloved son and brother, lost his battle with the disease of addiction Saturday morning at his home in Congers, NY. Pete graduated from Clarkstown North High School in 2000. He continued his studies at SUNY Oswego, earning a BA in Creative Writing in 2004. A tattoo artist by trade, Pete will be remembered for the myriad words he produced that will love on past him.

Pete is survived by his parents, Peter J. Ballesty and Dianne W. Ballesty, sister, Taryn Ballesty Harrigan, brother in law, John Harrigan and loved ones. He will be remembered by all as a kind, soft-spoken soul who viewed life differently than most. His art, music, and writing reflected a kind nature befitting a man of peace.

There are no words to express the pain of those Pete leaves behind. There is only the thought that his personal struggle is now over and he has found some peace. “After life’s fitful fever, he sleeps well.”

Family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, 113 Lake Road East, Congers, NY 10920. A service will take place at the funeral home at Thursday at 1:30pm. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Pete to a college fund for his niece. Please send donations c/o Peter J. Ballesty, PO Box 215, 75A Lake Road, Congers, NY 10920. All donations will be placed in trust for Pete’s niece.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2013

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March 11, 2017

December 7, 2015

Never forgotten.

Gail Newcomb

July 18, 2015

You will live on in many peoples' memories. Every time I see my tattoos, I remember who did them.


July 16, 2015

Thinking of you tonight pete. I miss your voice so much ❤

Bill Sheron

October 29, 2014

Pete was my introduction to college. He was different from all my old friends, but we clicked for some reason. He made me appreciate punk culture while I tried to show him aspects of where I came from. We respected one another, and from our differences we formed a bond which wouldn't have happened had we not been haphazardly thrown into dorm rooms next to each other and for that I'm forever grateful. He'd probably make fun of me for writing a mushy post like this but I miss you man.

Monica Emanuele

May 15, 2014

Peter I miss you everyday. My heart is so broken. There is not one day that goes by that I don't miss you. I will love you forever "Chalky White" we will be reunited I look forward to that day. Love always baby, Monica aka "Sheena" was a punk rocker. Xoxo. ??


April 24, 2014

I'm just finding out about Pete's passing now. I'm so sorry for your loss. In the short time I knew Pete we became fast friends. He holds a very special place in my heart and I will miss him dearly.

Matt Roxo

March 22, 2014

I was Pete's roomate throughout college and I cannot say I have met a more influential person in my life. He opened me up to a whole new outlook on life and left a last impacting on me and others. Pete was always considered to be a true friend and I will never forget the times we had. Miss you buddy.

Kirk Rich

February 4, 2014

Pete was an amazing person and friend. I have so much of his work on me and he will live on in it. I wish i got to see him after i move to California. Much love Pete rest easy

Anna Kupchik

January 9, 2014

Please accept our condolences from the entire staff of Kupchik Dental. For the short time we knew Peter, he was a warm and kind person.

Our sincere apologies,

Dr. Anna Kupchik & Staff