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Desrochers, Peter B. CLIFTON PARK Peter B. Desrochers, 61, passed away suddenly, at home, on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Peter was a wonderful husband, father, man and humanitarian spirit who could not be subdued. He was born on March 28, 1951 in Torrington, Conn., and was the beloved husband for 33 years of Sharon (Seiler) Desrochers and the devoted father of Matthew, Jared, Jesse and Brian. Along with his wife and sons, he is survived by his parents, Mildred and Andrew Desrochers of Thomaston, Conn.; eight brothers, Paul, Tom, Dan, Phil, Steve, Rich, Carl and John; three sisters, Cathy, Carol and Therese; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Seiler of Venice, Fla. Peter received his A.S. from Northwestern Community College, a B.S. in environmental science, math and chemistry from Quinnipiac University and his MSE from RPI. He was employed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York as an environmental engineer. He was a champion of the environment his entire life, an avid outdoorsman, an N.Y.S. Guide and a fan of everything science fiction. His outdoor adventures included hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, hiking the 100 highest peaks in the Adirondacks, summer and winter 46'ing, hiking the Northville-Placid Trail and he was six peaks short of completing the Catskill 100. He was also an avid canoeist, kayaker, cross-country skier and runner. At age 60, he decided he could run a marathon and ran two in the past year with a third planned. He was actively involved in leadership roles in Boy Scout Troop 42 and Cub Scout Pack 6 for 20 years, coaching all four of his sons to Eagle Scout and actively supporting hundreds of Scouts with their Scouting goal. He supported numerous professional organizations and was very active in the Air and Waste Management Society. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He mentored college students and offered support, encouragement and enthusiasm for their pursuits in the field of environmental studies. A celebration of Peter's life service will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park. Family and friends may gather for calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., prior to the service. Peter will be missed greatly by all who had the good fortune to know and love him. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to the ADK or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Emerick Funeral Home.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Jun. 30, 2012.
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June 24, 2020
Dear Desrochers Family,
Although many years have passed, we continue to see how the lessons learned in scouting have an impact. Especially in these days of quarantine, it is the ingenuity learned as a scout that comes to the forefront. That is a quality Pete was so helpful in instilling through scouting and nature. My son has spent these past many days creating a roof deck vegetab;e garden in Boston while in quarantine. Its another chance for some of those scouting principles to come into our lives. We hope you are doing ok, and our thoughts often with Pete.
Sincerely, The Bono Family
The Bono Family
September 23, 2019
Today,9/23/2019, I learned of Peter's passing.He was my friend, from about age 7 onward. He showed me the sci-fi section of our local library and opened up a world to me when we were 12 or 13,my daughter would become a Girl Scout and earn her Gold Award through public service. I loved the man.
Malcoolm Gauthier
July 29, 2012
We are so sad to hear of your loss. Everyone who knew Pete through Scouting benefited from his leadership and kindness to our young sons. He helped to mold them into the fine young men they have grown to be; and that is a legacy we are so appreciative of. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. For Pete, the trail he traveled definitely left a remarkable trace upon this world and the lives he touched. With Sympathy, The Bono Family
Mike and Margaret Bono
July 13, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Pete. I knew him through his efforts with the Air & Waste Management Association. He brought energy, enthusiasm, and great ideas to our group. I tapped him to become our Section Chair and he was reluctant, I believeve because he didn't think he could give it 110%. However, as expected, he did a spectacular job. He served as a great mentor to others in our group. Although I never met face-to face, we probably spoke 50 times on the phone. When I saw his picture, it was one of those rare times that the mental image I formed, matched the actual picture. Peace be with you and your family.

Marj Fitzpatrick
Marjorie Fitzpatrick
July 7, 2012
Danielle and family ! My deepest sympathy go out to you and yours! May the God of all give you all His Peace! Sincerely ! Pat Fischer , Litchfield , Ct
Par Fischer
July 7, 2012
I do hope our family can find peace and come to grips with some of the most frequent tragedies a family can endure. He was too, too young to leave us.
Danielle Zinn
July 4, 2012
Sharon - I was very sorry to read of the passing of your husband. May you and the family hold on to the wonderful memories that you made with Peter so it will help to comfort you all. Praying for you.
Nereida Guthrie
Nereida Guthrie
July 3, 2012
dear sharon and boys,
we were all so fond of peter, especially david! he was like a second dad to our son..all those times spent at your home..happy memories. we share in your sorrow.
mue and peter z-s
mue ziegler
July 3, 2012
All our prayers and condolences to the Desrochers family. Pete was a kind and gentle soul.
David Alexander
July 3, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Pete's family. He and I worked together on activities for the Air and Waste Management Association. Pete was a pleasure to know and work with and a great guy. I feel privileged to have known him.
Jim Blando
July 3, 2012
So sorry for your loss. I remember him being such a great boy scout leader for boy scout troop 42.
Eric Bowers
July 3, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter's family. May knowing you're
in the hearts and thoughts of others
help your family get through this time of sorrow. The Wootton's
Duane Wootton
July 3, 2012
I will miss the conversation and stories we shared about Camp Wakpominee while we occasionaly rode the bus to and from Albany. He was one of the good ones, God Bless his family and freinds and my prayers go out for all who had the pleasure of knowing Pete.
Bill McMahon
July 3, 2012
My deepest condolences to Peter's family!! What a great person he was!His spirit was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him!! I am sure God has a special resting place for Peter! So sorry for your loss!!!
July 3, 2012
Dear Sharon and family,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We share so many wonderful memories of Pete as an outdoor enthusiast and boy scout leader of Troop 42.
DiBari family
July 3, 2012
Fine man, great loss to us all.
Uriel Oko
July 3, 2012
My sincerest sympathies to all of Pete's family. His good nature, depth of knowledge, and leadership made an impression on me during our years working together at ENSR and then serving on the AWMA board. Pete will be deeply missed and always remembered.
Jim Paye
July 3, 2012
In the time that I've had the pleasure to know Peter, he was never anything less than a genuinely nice and caring person. He always seemed to be actively involved in not only his community, but his family as well. I am grateful for having known him. My family and I are truly sorry for your loss.
Bryan Theophel
July 2, 2012
Peter's passing is a huge loss for us all. My memories of him are filled with fondness. His generous heart, warm smile, and tall shadow are but a few things to be missed. I had the pleasure of first meeting him in scouts, and will fondly remember backpacking to Crane Mt... an adventure topped off by star gazing and counting shooting stars. Perhaps his gifts can be noted by how richly he is remembered ~

Heartfelt sympathies,
Sherry & Fred Levine
July 2, 2012
What a kind man with a gentle way. I'm glad I got to know him for a short while. My sincere condolences to his friends and family. He will be missed, gone too soon.
Aimee Lang
July 2, 2012
As I think back, it is hard to believe that I have known Pete for nearly 25 years through work and various professional organizations. Pete was the consumate professional, always challenging others to think outside the box - the same way he lived his life. He will be sorely missed.
Tom Johnson
July 2, 2012
Knowing Pete was a gift. He left everyone and everything he touched better. I am grateful to have known him.
Bill Petell
July 2, 2012
I am deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. And I am so grateful for the brief time I knew Peter. We first met at my open house when I moved across the street almost 2 years ago. It was so wondeful to listen to him share about his adventures. He was an incredibly passionate, giving man. Sharon and family, please know my mom (Elizabeth), Jim, and I would like to support you any way we can.
Suzanne Kaufman
July 2, 2012
My sincerest condolences to all family members and friends.
Mark Rusnica
July 2, 2012
Praying for your peace and understanding.
DJ Smith
July 2, 2012
Dear Jesse and family,
Just a note to extend my sincere sympathy for your loss and let you know I was sincerely saddened to hear of your Dad's passing.
Donna Zahrndt
July 2, 2012
I am so grateful to have known Pete and still quite a bit angry that someone so giving and joyful in life didn't get longer in it. I know he touched many, many people, and did it in a positive, supportive and challenging way that made me want to be out there more, doing more, learning more and being more. I would that we all left a legacy as worthwhile.
Jodi Smits Anderson
July 2, 2012
Dear Sharon and Family,
There was never a time that Pete did not bring his big smile and welcoming greeting to me, even if we had not crossed paths in months. I was always in awe of his gentle and steady approach to seeking answers to difficult questions. We will all miss him. You already know that he has done what so many of us hope to do, create a legacy.
Bill Perkins
July 2, 2012
I knew Pete for only a short time. I worked with him for the past year. He was a great supervisor, very knowledgeable and always had time explain difficult issues. I loved discussing his outdoor weekend getaways. From the brief time that I knew him, I could tell that he loved his family and loved to be outdoors hiking and running. He will truly be missed! It was a pleasure knowing and working with him! Rest in Peace Pete!
Hortense Dias
July 1, 2012
July 2, 2012
Dear Sharon and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband and fathers passing.
I knew Pete for over 20 years, as a colleague, co-worker and friend. We used to get together occasionally for a beer after work and swap stories about what was going on with our families. He was so proud of all of you and spoke often of the great times he had spent with you hiking the high peaks. I hope you have some solace in knowing his fondest memories were of time spent together with you.
We will all miss his wit, his smile and his friendship.
Bob Duff
July 1, 2012
The world Pete left has lost a magnificent person who was dedicated and passionate to all that he did. My thoughts go out to everyone who knew him. I had the honor and privilege to meet Pete when I moved to the area from Denver 6 years ago and attended AWMA meetings. He encouraged me to get more involved and to use my passions to become a better person. We traveled to various colleges together to speak with and encourage students in our field. He provided valuable input to Saratoga bus routes. He also assisted me in picking out Adirondack hikes that would be appropriate for my children. For this I am forever grateful. The world was a better place because of Pete and everyone who knew him became a better person. I will continue to educate and encourage students in our field in his name. He will be greatly missed.
Georgie Nugent
July 1, 2012
I knew Pete professionally and personally for 20 years for which I am grateful. He was a great friend and colleague to me and all who crossed his path. Pete was always smart, informed, honest, helpful, strong yet kind, persevering, a mentor, someone you could count on, very good at his profession, contributing to his industry and community, always welcoming, full of life, and someone you just enjoyed being around. A model for others to follow. He will be very sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Craig Matis
July 1, 2012
Dear Sharon and family!
We were really sorry to hear the loss of your husband and father.We sending our deepest sympathy to all the family and hope god will give you some comfort at this difficult time.Keep Peter memories in your heart and all the good times you spent together.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rachel&Leslie Amell
July 1, 2012
I had the privilege and honor of working with Peter to improve our community over the years. We will miss him. On behalf of the Town of Clifton Park, we thank you Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon and family.

Phil Barrett, Town Supervisor
Clifton Park
June 30, 2012
I had the privilege of knowing Pete from his years with Galson, and later worked with him in the Air & Waste Management Association. A true champion of the environment and a respected colleague. He will be missed.
Vicki Schlierer
June 30, 2012
To the Desrochers family my thoughts and prayers are with you, may you find peace at this difficult time.
Pamela Aiardo
June 30, 2012
Sharon and family,

Words cannot are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Brandy Wadsworth and family
June 30, 2012
Dear Sharon and Family,

Please know that my wife and children are holding you in our prayers at this difficult time. May God grant you every peace and consolation as you remember Pete with fondness and affection.
Larrry Duffany
June 30, 2012

Sorry to hear about the loss of your life/climbing partner, as a couple you climbed the 46 in summer then in the winter. Wish you those great memories will give you the strength to go on. Sincerely,

Christine B.
June 30, 2012
Sincere condolences, Pete wil be greatly missed by his friends and professional colleagues.
Paul John
June 30, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to Peter's family.
Kimberly Ryan, DASNY
June 30, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your sons at this horrible time. I hope that you will be able to find some peace in your heart. You are a wonderful person who does not deserve such heartache. God Bless!
Connie Fisk
June 30, 2012

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Bill Carney & Patti England
Bill Carney
June 30, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family knowing you are looking down upon us making sure our trails are clear.
Jim & Lisa Godfrey
June 30, 2012
My good friend and colleague for over 30 years....from our time at GE, through consulting and on the Board of the AWMA, he was dedicated and special. Few come along like Pete. I will miss him greatly.
Steve Myers
June 30, 2012
Pete had such a positive influence on so many lives including ours. We will miss him greatly.
The Poling Family
June 30, 2012
Pete in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, Adirondacks
My hiking partner, my friend - I will do those last two Catskill Peaks for you.

To Sharon and family: My loss is only surpassed by yours. Pete was a wonderful friend and great hiking partner and, I'm sure, an even more wonderful person to have as a husband and father. My condolences on Pete's passing from the world he loved so much.
James Close
June 30, 2012
Now that he is gone, I realize what a good friend he was -- the best, one of a kind. He left us all richer for having known him.
Bob and Carol Abromaitis
June 30, 2012
Our greatest sympathy to a tremendous family rocked by this sudden loss. An all around quality person that is a huge loss to the family, community, and friends. He and his family are constantly in our thoughts. The McGuffeys
June 30, 2012
Peter loved being an "Upstate Irregular"
and he will be missed by all of his friends on the bus.
June 29, 2012
Elizabeth Craft, Suzanne Kaufman and James Kunkle of 5 Tanglewood Drive hold you and your sons and family in our prayers. We are so very sorry for your great loss.
June 29, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
The Stata Family
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