CHISTOLINI Peter Chistolini, 68 of Tavernier, Florida died unexpectedly Saturday, January 18. He was born May 1, 1945 in Milton, MA to the late Ugo and Angela Chistolini. Peter graduated in 1963 from Milton High and immediately joined the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country through three tours of duty in Vietnam. Peter was the recipient of both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant following his service at Homestead Air Force Base. Thereafter, Peter joined the Homestead Police Department and enjoyed 25 years of police service before his retirement. He served as a Lieutenant and retired as a Captain in 1995. He was a dedicated public servant and took to heart every day his oath to protect and serve. His fellow officers were his extended family and it was a fraternity to which he proudly belonged. Peter was an avid fisherman, loved the water and always had an engaging fish-tale. He was a long-suffering Miami Dolphins fan and a University of Miami supporter; but on occasion would cheer for the FSU Seminoles at the behest of his children. He was also a NASCAR fan and especially loved Dale Earnhardt. Peter never met a stranger, was always quick with a handshake, comforting word or joke. He had the most infectious smile. Peter was loved. Peter is survived by Joan, his wife of 23 years; his siblings Dorothy (George), John (Marilyn), Mary (Michael); his children Suzanne (Trip), Paul (Lisa); stepchildren Devon (Tania), Cullen (Kerry), Wendi (Chad), and Jayme (Greg); eight adoring grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins both here and abroad. A memorial service was held at Branam Funeral Home, Homestead, FL. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on a future date. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to the Florida Children's Brain Tumor Foundation at 740 SE 3 St Ocala, Fl 34471
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Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Jan. 31, 2014