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Peter Henry Fiori Sr.

August 28, 1947 - February 10, 2016
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Brunswick-Peter Henry Fiori Sr passed away suddenly and peacefully Wednesday afternoon, February 10, 2016 while checking on his brother’s house in Brunswick. Peter was born August 28, 1947 in Brunswick, Maine at the old Wilson Hospital on Cumberland Street to Columbus Henry and Marie Alice Pelletier Fiori. He was the first of their three boys.  Peter is survived by his two brothers, Larry and Michael, a son Peter H. Fiori, Jr., his first wife and mother of his son the former Pauline Bourgoin (Coolidge) of Lewiston and Wayne, second wife Beverly Cornish of Bowdoinham, close friend Barbara Bennett of Brunswick, many relatives in both this country, Canada,  and in Italy, and too many friends to list and remember here. Peter attended Brunswick schools and graduated in 1965 from Brunswick High School.  He loved animals and his pet cat Simba. His work career included the family business in Brunswick, The Kennebec Fruit Company, various shoe manufacturers in Brunswick and Freeport including Auerbach Shoe Company and Eastland Shoe Company, many years at the Pejepscot Paper Mills, several years selling automobiles at Bob Chambers Ford, over twenty-five years in the electricians’ department at Bath Iron Works and several years’ work at Lowe’s in Brunswick.

Peter had many passions in life especially good automobiles, music, drumming, the outdoors, hunting and fishing, target shooting and archery, self-defense skills, animals, bowling, and storytelling!  Every interest he had he did it with a flair always dedicating much time energy and available resources to it to become the best he could be at it.  It was often remarked that to be in a room with Peter when he was telling stories and jokes was a rare treat indeed!  He could mesmerize a crowd of people for hours in laughter with his stories, and the gathering never tired of it.

During his youth in the 1960s he enjoyed drumming and playing in local bands such as The Cavaliers often completing in the popular regional "battles of the bands.” He studied rudimentary drumming and enjoyed conversation about the first and second thirteen standard rudiments and their importance in drumming.  He had many significant friends and acquaintances who were drummers during this time period. Later he continued to play drums at local night spots in the area.

Peter had an amazing gift to speak and feel comfortable in any group or gathering!  He was chosen president of his Knights of Columbus initiation class and it was only one indication of what his friends knew so well – that he could get up and deliver an impromptu speech with ease.  Shy at first but with a nudging he was always in his element, often times reverting to his famous trademark of storytelling to his audience.

Peter was a member of various associations currently or in the past that included the Knights of Columbus, National Rifle Association, USBC (United States Bowling Congress),  Durham Rod and Gun Club, and others. His Bowling team names were ‘Pin Hunters’ and ‘The Strike Force.’  He had recently celebrated with his son bowling the highest game of his career of a 267.

Peter was a Roman Catholic and a devout Christian but kept his beliefs in his creator and savior close and personal.  In times of trouble and family tragedies he found comfort in his strong belief. Peter will be best remembered for his always kind, gentle demeanor, kind words for others, genuine support for his family, infectious laughter, and beautiful smile and twinkling eyes. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Donations in his memory can be sent to Yankee Lanes, 276 Bath Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 care of Nelson Moody for the youth bowling programs.

A memorial service was held at Stetson's Funeral Home, Brunswick, with Fr. Frank Murray officiating.