RIP Peter

No more pickled peppers from this guy.

Peter J. Pieper of Hamilton, a longtime Buffalo travel agent, died Friday in Masonic Care Community, Utica. He was 77.   He owned Pieper Travel Bureau in the Brisbane Building for 50 years before retiring in 1998.

Born in Flushing, Mr. Pieper grew up in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1948. He attended the University of Buffalo for a year before joining the travel agency founded by his father, Emil.

After his first flight in a single- engine Piper J3 Cub in the early 1950s, Mr. Pieper developed a passion for air travel. He also explored U.S. highways and attended the 100th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on his Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.

He was a member of Masonic Master Builder Lodge, Kenmore, Zion Lodge in Orchard Park and Hamilton Rotary. He also was a former member of Buffalo Rotary, Buffalo Executives Association, Buffalo Harley Owners Group and Cornell Flying Club.

He and his wife, Margherita, retired to Fresno, Calif., before moving to Hamilton three years ago to be near their daughter, Peggy O’Connor.
Surviving besides his wife and daughter is a sister, Dolores Kessler.

Services will be private.


One Response to RIP Peter

  1. Marti says:

    05/05/08 Pieper, Margherita
    Margherita A. Pieper, 74
    Honored for support of troops in Iraq
    Margherita A. Pieper, 74, of Butternut Lane, passed away May 5, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton. Born Dec. 16, 1933 in Buffalo, she was raised there by her grandparents, Pietro and Margherita Mardochino. She was a graduate of Bishop Newman High School and attended D’Youville College.
    On Feb. 7, 1953 she married Peter J. Pieper in Buffalo. He predeceased her by six weeks on March 21, 2008. Together, they had owned and operated the Pieper Travel Bureau, a firm that was started by his father more than 50 years ago until their retirement. The couple were residents of the East Aurora/Williamsville area most of their lives and for a brief time lived in Fresno, Calif. before moving to Hamilton.
    Marge was a member of the 99’s, a Women’s National Pilot Organization and was a participant in the Angel Derby Women’s Air Race from Kansas City to Nicaragua. She had been a Republican Committee Woman in East Aurora and, along with her husband, had been a member of the Harley Owners Group in Buffalo .
    Over the last few years, Marge had supported our soldiers in Iraq by sending supply packages to them. She received recognition for her efforts from the President and Donald Rumsfeld in an honorary ceremony in Washington, DC.
    Marge had an intense spirit for life and valued each day as well as the people who shared her life.
    Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Kevin O’Connor of Hamilton; a son-in-law, Jeff Bessey of Holland; her grandchildren, Peter Bessey of Depew, Megan Bessey of Holland and Jamie and Kellie Bolles of Hamilton; four sisters, Mary Speiss of Vermont, Pauline Kaiser of East Amherst, Louise Pawlick of Cheektowaga and Jean Mack of Buffalo; five brothers, William Modaffari of East Amherst, John Modaffari of Garden Grove, Calif., James Modaffari of Williamsville, Frank Modaffari of Buffalo and Martino and Lynne Modaffari of MN as well as many nieces and nephews.
    She was predeceased by a daughter, Patty Bessey and a brother, Dr. Peter Modaffari.
    Services and calling hours: None in keeping with Margherita’s wishes. Burial: At the convenience of the family.
    Contributions in her memory may be made to Heritage Farm, 3599 Route 46, Bouckville, NY 13310.
    Arrangements: Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton

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