CRESTVIEW HILLS - Peter P. Sartori's faith drove his life, and from that came his work ethic. He deeply cared about people and lived humbly behind the scenes, serving the community and giving back, said his son, Paul Sartori of Crestview Hills.
"People wanted to be around him," said his daughter, Mary Downey of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
"He was filled with gratitude, so much so that when you were with him, you got the sense that he was grateful you were there.
"Everyone felt they were at their best in his presence."
Mr. Sartori died Sunday , Nov. 18, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood from cancer. He was 88.
His parents, Nicolina and Anthony Sartori, emigrated from northern Italy to the mining town of Buhl, Minn., where they opened a grocery store and raised their two sons and three daughters.
Following graduation from the University of Minnesota with a business degree, Mr. Sartori was called into the Army during World War II to serve as a staff sergeant in the Philippines.
When he returned from the war, he moved to Northern Kentucky. He was a salesman with the Continental Electric Co., a division of Arrow-Hart Company Co. He ultimately became the company's president.
Later, he was vice president of Corporex and then the Paul Hemmer Co.
Mr. Sartori was a leader and served in many capacities with organizations including the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cathedral Foundation, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, Thomas More College, Catholic Social Services, the Diocesan Annual Appeal and Northern Kentucky United Way.
"One of our cousins wrote, 'He was the ambassador for peace, justice and compassion,' which was dear and really quite fitting," his daughter said.
His wife, Mary Butler Sartori, died in July.
Along with his son and daughter, survivors include his two more daughters, Ann Sartori of Denver Colo. and Clare Stein of Wakefield, R.I; a sister, Ellen Sartori of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon today, Nov. 21, with Mass of Christian Burial following at Mother of God Church in Covington.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Wright.
Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, is handling arrangements.
Memorials can be made to: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017; The Parish Kitchen, 141 West W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41015-1499; or Catholic Charities, 3629 Church St., Covington, KY 41015.
Online condolences to middendorf-funeralhome.com.
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2012