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OBITUARY

Peter Anthony Gallerizzo

April 14, 1955June 25, 2020

Obituary for Peter Anthony Gallerizzo

Peter Anthony Gallerizzo, 65, died on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at his home in Hagerstown, Maryland. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and son, and a brilliant man of many talents.

A lifelong Catholic with a deep faith in God, Pete was patient, humble and kind. He taught his children what it meant to know the merciful love of the Father. He believed nothing was impossible, that prayers are always answered, and that dreams come true.

Born on April 14, 1955, Pete grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he served as an altar boy at St. Jerome’s parish. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1973 and went on to the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, class of 1977.

Pete became an award-winning structural engineer and land surveyor. He played a key role in the design of the lemur island at the National Zoo, when he calculated the inverted slope needed to create a cliff that would contain the lemurs yet prevent a ground cave-in. He designed several area roads including Dover Road in Rockville, Maryland, large sections of Route 50 in Maryland and the massive intersection of Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues in Washington, DC.

Pete had a passion for electronics and engines. As a child, he built a radio. As an adult, he built computers and he especially enjoyed working on cars. His friends and family knew if they had a computer or car problem, it could be solved by Pete.

The great love of his life was his wife Connie, an accomplished artist. They met at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Pete knew he wanted to marry Connie the first time he set eyes on her. After their first date at the National Gallery of Art, they became best friends and did everything together. Pete the engineer and Connie the artist created wonderful memories for their three children, who will remember Pete as a father who always had a quirky “dad joke” and did whatever he could to help them realize their dreams and reach their potential.

Pete’s friends will remember him as a man with a great sense of humor, a man with integrity and someone they could count on for help when needed.

Pete is survived by his mother Catherine, his wife Constance “Connie” Scuderi Gallerizzo, and their three children: Ryan (Colleen), Connie Ann (James) and Catherine (fiancé Donald). He is also survived by four grandchildren: Sean, Rowan, Michael, and Gabriel. He was preceded in death by his father William Gallerizzo.

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Richard Shore

July 8, 2020

I just learned of Pete's passing when I emailed to follow up on a survey he was supposed to do for me in late June. What a shock! He had surveyed my property once before, years ago, and I liked him so much I went back through old emails to find his contact info and hire him again. He was a great surveyor, to begin with. He stuck up for me (pleasantly but firmly) when one of my neighbors objected (not too pleasantly) to the stakes he was putting in, saying they were on their property. Pete pointed out that not only were the stakes on my property, but the neighbors had improperly graded and planted part of my land! He had a twinkle in his eye when he told me about the exchange. But the main thing that sticks with me is that he was just likeable from the first moment you met him. A steady, decent man. I told my wife he had passed away and she also remembered how nice he was, and a couple of conversations they had. I am going on too long given that I barely knew Pete, but sometimes you encounter someone who is just what we call in my religious tradition a "mensch", and Pete was that all through. May he rest in peace.

Bob & Debby Wolfe

July 2, 2020

Dear Connie and family,
Our deepest condolences in the loss of your beloved Pete. He was such a nice guy and so easy to talk to. We met him through the OAA 🎨 when you joined. You both have been missed a lot since moving to Hagerstown.
May he Rest In Peace and may many happy memories fill your minds and comfort you during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Debby & Bob Wolfe

Sally Drew

July 2, 2020

My sympathies to Connie and the rest of Pete's family. I only knew him for a brief time when he helped Connie with her OAA projects and exhibits. Loved his quirky sense of humor. I know he's with the angels, keeping them entertained.

Denise Simacourbe

July 1, 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of Pete's passing. I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the Gallerizzo Family and friends. He was a great man and will be truly missed. Pete and I attended St. Jerome's Catholic school in Hyattsville, Md. together from Kindergarten to our 8th grade graduation. We both attended Northwestern High School also in Hyattsville. We all went our separate ways but I do remember speaking to him at our 20th high school reunion in 1993. Such sweet memories. In later years, I have been trying to reunite all of us 8th graders from the class of 1969. It was so nice to meet up with Pete and Connie at our December 2017 get together. I just wish there would be more. I will be keeping him and his family in my prayers from this day forward.

Laura Davues

June 30, 2020

Dearest Connie and family,
I still have no words to express our deepest sympathy and sorrow,but may our God strengthen and comfort you in this time of grief-may His Grace give you Peace...I will so miss his stories he would love to share when he came to our house with you,and yes, his love for you,his family, God and his Country were always so very evident!
We love you, and will be praying for you!
Laura and Jeff

Teresa Gretton

June 30, 2020

My dear Connie and family, the Roche and Gretton families send our deepest sympathies to you. Our families have known each other for many many years as a result of our dads as best buddies all the way back to St. Gabriels in D.C. I didn't have the opportunity to know Pete but after learning about his childhood, I feel I/we had much in common. I too grew up in Hyattsville area (Edmonston), went to and married at St. Jerome's, and went to Northwestern from '64-'67. I went to St. Gabriels School until 1960 when we moved to Maryland. Sounds like we had similar childhoods in nearby stomping grounds. I'm just sorry I was never able to get to know Pete. I totally enjoyed reading Deacon's condolence as well. My love for you and your family will never end. Pete is now seeing the Glory of God which must be a joyous time to imagine. May he have eternal peace. And you, his mother, and your children and grandchildren receive grace to carry on. God bless you!

Deacon William Gallerizzo

June 29, 2020

Too many adventures ranging from spinner top and yoyo tricks, chemistry and physics experiments that often sent Mom running to the basement to find out who was burning down the house, cutting Grandma's grass with Dad, walking Fletcher-dog at 2AM while talking simultaneously holding two distinct conversations and still knowing what each other was saying, building his stereo and my monster guitar amp from Heathkits, fishing with Mike Terry and bike rides with Dave Congour, eating pizza at Gusti's on M Street, Beltsville, Aquasco, and Capital for auto racing , the Rod and Custom Show, serving Mass for Msgr Gatti, looking through the junk on the bedroom dresser for a sparkplug gauge, working with Becca and me on our house, surveying with Roger Vales and then his own Civil Design Systems, my best man when Becca and I married, being Uncle Pete to the kids; too many good things to list here. My green stole for Ordinary Time, his ordination gift to me, puts him with me at Mass, but we'll meet at the gates in God's time. Love you always, Pete the Gete.

Louis Vagnoni

June 29, 2020

Photo in my backyard with cousin Pete around 1965. I'll forever miss you especially talking to you for hours on the phone about cars.

Love you,
Mike

Michael Terry

June 29, 2020

I PASS MY DEEP CONDOLENCES TO PETE'S FAMILY , FROM CONNIE AND THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO HIS MOM (WHOM I HAVE FOUND MEMORIES FROM THE 1960'S, WHEN SHE KINDLY DROVE BILL AND ME DOWNTOWN DURING OUR 1ST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL)) TO MY GREAT FRIEND BILL AND CARMELLA AND THEIR FAMILIES.
SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES OF PETE CENTER AROUND TRIPS WITH BILL (I FONDLY REMEMBER OUR DEEP SEA DAY TRIP DURING SPRING BREAK AS WELL AS THE TIME BILL AND PETE AND I TRIED TO MAKE PIZZA FROM SCRATCH AT MY PARENT'S COTTAGE ON THE WATER IN ST. MARY'S COUNTY). GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Anita Condatore Besmen

June 29, 2020

He was an extraordinary man that I was blessed to have do my land survey. I pray for Connie, Catherine, Carrie and all of his family and friends that all of their precious memories and the comfort of our gracious, Holy Lord will carry them through this very difficult time.

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