SOUTH WALDEN - Peter Garofolo Jr., 85, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones in South Walden on Nov. 26, 2012.
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Mr. Garofolo was born Jan. 4, 1927, in New York City. He was the oldest of three children by Peter Garofolo Sr. and Filomena Leone Garofolo, and he was a former resident of Copiague, Long Island, N.Y., for more than 50 years.
He graduated from John Adams High School, Ozone Park, N.Y., and received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degree from New York University in New York City.
Mr. Garofolo became a member of the Boy Scouts of America in 1939, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1945. He received the Order of the Arrow and, in highest recognition of distinguished service, the Silver Beaver Award in 1968. Peter served as Boy Scouts of America district commissioner and assistant council commissioner for Pwamas District, Suffolk County, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Army at the close of World War II in 1945. He served at Camp Blanding in Florida and also served in the New York National Guard at Camp Smith.
Mr. Garofolo taught industrial arts for 38 years at Island Trees High School, Levittown, N.Y., and for a time served as department chairman. Upon his retirement in 1984, he expanded his work in stone, fine metals and jewelry establishing Panache Studio with his wife, Emelyn, an established fiber artist. Both Peter and Emelyn continued work under the Panache Studio name for 22 years.
Peter was a talented craftsman, metalsmith and dedicated educator and teacher. He was a longtime member of the Long Island Craft Guild and had served as past co-president of the guild with his wife. Peter and Emelyn both taught at the NY Guild for the Jewish Blind in Manhattan where they first met, and later at Buck's Rock Work Camp in New Milford, Conn. Together they participated in numerous residencies at Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C. Peter taught and participated in numerous workshops through the Long Island Craft Guild. He taught jewelry and metalsmithing classes at Garvies Point Museum, Glen Cove, N.Y., for over 15 years until 2008 when he moved to Vermont.
He is survived by his daughter Pia Lyn Loeper, of Orinda, Calif., her husband, Gerald Kurt Loeper, and their daughter, Lindsey Ellyn Loeper; his daughter Lian Brehm-Lavelle, of South Walden, and her husband, Douglas P. Lavelle; his sister Mary Ellen (Garofolo) Bourne, of Coram, N.Y., and her husband, Fred Bourne; his sister-in-law, Barbara (Reiss) Garofolo, of Copiague, N.Y.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Emelyn (Brehm) Garofolo, and his brother, Louis Leone Garofolo.
A memorial gathering will be held at Peter's apartment and studio in South Walden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, from 1 to 6 p.m. All friends are welcome.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Island Craft Guild, c/o Lynda Katz, 41 Quintree Lane, Melville, NY 11747-1832.
Arrangements are in the care of des Groseilliers Funeral Homes, Church Street, Hardwick.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 19, 2012