Peter M. Alessi

August 14, 1943August 12, 2011

Peter M. Alessi, 67, of Eastham, passed away after a sudden fall while out on his brisk daily walk. Adoring and adored father of Kelley Hippler of Sharon, MA, and Jennifer Alessi-McGinley, of Los Angeles, CA, “Grumps” is also survived by his grandsons Tyler and William Hippler; sons-in-law Thomas Hippler and Lawrence McGinley; best friend and former wife Lorraine Kelley-Alessi; and beloved partner Teresa MacInnes. “Pete” remains cherished by his sisters Brenda Alessi Brooks and Jane Alessi-DeVito; sister-in-law Kathy Henehan and brother-in-law Thomas Henehan; his spirited nieces and nephews; dog Hooligan; and by a dear, diverse, and wonderful circle of friends.

Proud graduate of Archbishop Williams High School and Northeastern University, Peter was raised in Hyde Park and later worked as COO for a retail chain, Thayer Pharmacy. A man who understood the values of joy and reflection, Peter retired at forty-eight then devoted his time to family, friends, charity and spirituality. His dependability, sense of fairness, outrageous humor, and generosity helped make Peter an irreplaceable presence in so many lives. His loving influence is far-reaching, and he will be terribly missed.

To honor his life, family and friends are invited to an informal (sandals and sneakers) remembrance at First Encounter Beach, Eastham, at 6 p.m. on August 14, followed by a celebration of his distinct and lively soul. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Outreach Council/Santa’s Stop, P.O. Box 665, Orleans, MA 02653 or Gotta Have Sole Foundation, Inc., 39 East Bel Air Road, Cranston, RI 02920. For online condolences, please visit


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Mark Nietzel

September 2, 2011

Dear Lorraine, Kelley & Jen,

I fondly remember my years working for Peter at Thayer Pharmacies.
Peter taught me a lot regarding family, business and friendship. His family was always most important to him. He will be missed.

Sr Ellen Reilly,SND

August 29, 2011

Dear Lorraine,
I just returned home from vacation, and learned of Peter's death. How sad I feel at his passing. Peter was a wonderful, caring guy, with a mission in life to help others. Always there for everyone, especially Sal and the long term patiente at NE Sinai. He was a blessing for so many. His fun- loving spirit will be in my heart forever.
As you grieve his loss, may fond memories bring a smile to your heart.
Love, Sr. Ellen

August 22, 2011

Dear Lorraine and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Peter's service was so beautiful and so appropriate. Santa's Shop will never be the same! Peter could be gruff at times, but he had a heart of gold and was one of the most caring and generous people I know. He truly loved his family and friends.
Thinking of you,
Jim & Ellen Ehrhart

George Grasso

August 17, 2011

We could never have had a more faithful friend.

Love, George and Ellen

Mona Medina

August 16, 2011

Kelley, Lorraine, and Jen,

To lose the existence of someone in our everyday presence is daunting. My deepest sympathies. Peter lived a life full of family and friends. And there is no greater treasure to the remembrance of his life then the each of you. As your friend catching glimpse of his life, the love and bond among all of you is so beautiful. And something to always treasure.

Kelley forever your friend even if miles separate us.


Pat Zeiss

August 16, 2011

For ten years my friend, Peter was always there for me - even when I didn't realize that I needed him. In his own words he was my "Guardian Angel". I am honored to have known him and to have been called his friend.

mrs. claus hough

August 15, 2011

rest well my freind . you have certainly earned it

Bryan Giles and Family

August 15, 2011

Every once in a great while, a person comes into your life who makes a great difference and changes your life forever. I recognized from an early age that "Uncle Peter" was one of those people. It's 35 years since this beautiful man entered my life. I can say that he was the role model of a family man that I needed as a youth. It is no surprise that his daughters are amazing, lovely women. I admired how you respected them and how you loved them. Your sarcasm and lively wit kept me on my toes and kept me thinking of you long after our visit was over; I knew that with it came a warmth and caring that was sincere and truly rare. As a boy and as a man, you called me "honey" and "sweetie". A few years ago, I told you that you were the only man that I was okay with calling me those terms of endearment. I'll always remember you running down Pine Needle Lane with a Roman candle in your hand on the 4th of July, you finishing our crust at the local pizza place, whiffle ball games with the family, running through the sprinkler in our front yard (with my swim cap on), your intelligence, and your professionalism that I observed when you came into the Thayer Pharmacy that I worked at. Most of all, I'll remember your smile and your laugh and how you made those around you smile and laugh. Really, what's better than that in life? Thank you, Uncle Peter, for making a difference in my life in so many positive ways. As a father of two young boys, I know your influence has contributed to my being a family man, and that, ultimately, has made a great difference in my sons' lives.

Elinor and Jeffrey Ross

August 15, 2011

We just heard the sad news of Peter's passing...he will be surely missed. He was a very special guy and we will never forget the good times we shared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief.
Elinor and Jeffrey

Patrice Hevia

August 14, 2011

Lorraine I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to describe how sad I feel. Peter was truly the most loving, kind, and supportive friend. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the happy memories of Peter ease your sorrow in the days ahead.

Patrice Hevia and family.