Peter Byron Tutak, 71, of Albion, formerly of Cheswick, passed away on February 9, 2010. He was born in New Kensington on December 21, 1938 to the late Pete and Anna Mae (Sturga) Tutak. He graduated from Springdale High School in 1956 then joined the Navy, where he served aboard the USS McNair. Pete was best known for his role as pioneer in the geothermal heating and air conditioning business. For over 40 years, he served the tri-state region as owner of Air Tak, American Energy Products and Delta T Geothermal. Prior to his years with geothermal HVAC, Pete worked as an engineer for Kellogg American in Oakmont and Van Air in Erie. One of Pete's passions in life belonged with the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time around the campfire at Hogback Hill with family and friends. He also enjoyed shooting at the Albion Sportsman's Club, where he was a member. He was also a member of the NRA and the Tea Party. He is survived by his wife, Aletha (Beck) Tutak; his son, Peter "Repete" Tutak; his daughter, Desiree (Marc) Rigby, of Franklin Park; his sister, Colette (Raymond) Sharkins of Cheswick, and Barbara (Jim) Lizzi of Lower Burrell; and his best friend, Dorian Monroe, of Albion. Pete will be remembered for his creative ability to repair anything and his instinctive mentoring of those close to him. His love for researching and sharing historical facts has led us all to know the true meaning of "Ship High in Transit." As Pete requested, the family had a party prior to his passing to celebrate his life. Pete was a wonderful husband, father and friend and we will continue to celebrate the gift that was given all of us with him in our lives. Arrangements are being handled by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Twp.
Published in the Erie Times-News on February 13, 2010