Peter John Ippolito
November 15, 1941 - January 22, 2021
Peter J. Ippolito, born November 15, 1941, in Rockaway, New Jersey, died of natural causes on January 22, 2021 in San Diego, California. He is survived by his four children, Kristin (Ippolito) Wermus, Erin (Ippolito) Christoforetti, Gina (Ippolito) Marchini and John Ippolito; grandchildren, Reeve, Brooke and Merrick Wermus; John, Gino, Peter and Michael Christoforetti. He was preceded in death by his parents, Filomena Veronica Landi of Rockaway, NJ, and Anthony John Ippolito of Satriano, Italy, and grandson, Marco Russell Christoforetti. Peter Ippolito was the oldest son of four children (Anthony Ippolito, Rosemarie Rudin (Ippolito), Cynthia Ippolito) and was proud of his Italian immigrant heritage. He grew up in a household built on hard work, determination and an appreciation of education. Peter was the first of his family to attend college when he was accepted to the Virginia Military Institute '63. There, his talent for baseball, soccer and leadership earned him the distinction of top cadet. He then earned a law degree from the University of Notre Dame '66. Following passing the bar, he reported directly to service as Captain in the United States Army. There he earned the Air Medal and the Bronze Star while serving in the 1st Infantry in two tours in the Vietnam War. He was an Army Ranger and Airborne and was part of Vietnam's Tet Offensive. After the war, he was posted in Italy and was deployed to several countries for military operations. He held a deep reverence for our country. Upon return to the United States he began a career as a construction litigator and mediator. His 55 years of work earned him many awards and top-honors amongst his peers and contributed to the explosive growth that created modern San Diego County. He passionately dedicated himself to this work, and enjoyed his work so much that at the age of 79 he was still going full steam ahead! His love of history, art, cooking, music, baseball and fine dining was contagious. His wit, intelligence, energy and adventurous spirit were endless. He honored his heritage by telling his children and grandchildren of the hard earned but successful life his large Italian family in New Jersey made for themselves, and stressed the importance of remembering where you came from. He was so proud of this heritage, and often spoke of the bravery and endurance his parents and grandparents exhibited.In his later years, he humbly told more stories of his time in Vietnam, and rekindled relationships with old VMI friends. If he wasn't in the middle of a large construction mediation (which was often!) you could find him enjoying fine dining, looking at art, reading, cooking, and more. We are honored to have known him, devastated to have lost him, and will always love him. In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation made in his honor at: In Memory of Peter John Ippolito https://fundraise.teamrubiconusa.org/peterippolito
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2021.