Dear Maureen and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I just found out yesterday about Petie when my Mom phoned me to tell me my Aunt Elisa and cousin Dilys saw you on t.v. I was very saddened to hear this news and I'm so sorry for your loss. The last time I saw Petie was about 10 years ago and he did share with me that he wanted to be a firefighter; he was working construction at the time.
I lived in Brooklyn on 10th Avenue, around the corner from Petie and my Mom took care of him for a couple of years while he attended Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School. It was a lo-o-o-ong time ago but I believe Petie must've been about 9 or 10 years old and I was about 13 or 14. He was a quiet shy boy but he had a crush on me and would always stare at me from across the table while we ate. He would make me uncomfortable and I would put a box of cereal or anything that was on the table to obstruct his view and he would just smile and grin and peer from the side and keep on staring. We reminisced about those days when I last saw him and just laughed and laughed.
Petie was a gentleman and a gentle soul. May God keep him in His Glory and bless him, his mom Maureen, his wife Regan and his babygirl Ruby. I will always keep you in my prayers.