• "You were a really nice person."
    - Lori Brammer
  • "Miss you Dad"
    - christopher sabo
  • "I'm still looking for you to come see me on Monday mornings..."
    - Judy McElroy

Peter Sabo Jr. peacefully passed away at his home on February 8th, 2018. He was a loyal friend and loved by everyone privileged enough to know him. He will be painfully missed.
Better known as Pete, was born in Irvington, New Jersey on August 30th, 1936 to Peter and Sara Martin Sabo. His father was originally from Hungary and his mother from Ireland. Pete graduated from John P. Stevens High School. After High School, Pete enlisted in The United States Air Force and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Anchorage, Alaska along with other duty stations. After his service in the Air Force, Pete became a recruiter for the New Jersey Army National Guard where he worked until his retirement as Master Sergeant after 26 years in service.
While raising his three sons, Peter, Mark, and Christopher; he was very active in local youth sports and activities. As a young father he enjoyed camping, fishing, and crabbing along the New Jersey shore with his boys. He served as a Boy Scout QuarterMaster at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Union Beach, New Jersey.
In 1975, Pete married the love of his life, Frances Irene (nee Dillon) Sabo. They were married for 40 years until Fran's passing in 2015. In those 40 years the two were inseparable taking many memorable trips; Hawaii and the Grand Canyon being their favorites. After retirement from the NJ Army National Guard, Pete and Fran relocated to Newberry, Florida in the mid-1980s; where he worked in the men's clothing industry selling men's suits. They enjoyed & spoiled their grandchildren and great grandchildren, spending as much time with them as possible.
Pete was an active volunteer known and respected for his work on behalf of veteran's affairs. He was a member and advocate of many veterans' organizations, including Vice Commander at American Legion Post 149 in Newberry, Florida, DAV chapter Gator 90 Alachua County, KWVA, and the Veterans Advisory Board. He was also a longtime active member of St Joseph's Episcopal Church.
Pete was predeceased by his wife Frances and daughter Yvonne. He is survived by his three sons Peter III, Mark, Christopher Sabo (Melissa) who all reside in New Jersey. Pete is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: Jason Flanagan (Carrie) (FL), Kathleen Pickett (Zack) (FL), Timothy Flanagan (Angela) (FL), Carissa Sabo (NJ), and Colleen Flanagan (FL). Great-grandchildren: Emmalee & Evan Pickett and Phillip, Frankie, and Ameyla Flanagan.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd STREET, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place Friday, February 16, 2018 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513, at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following at the American Legion Post 149, 26821 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669, at 4:30 p.m. Please visit his memorial page at
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2018
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