Peter John Ippolito
1941 - 2021
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
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2021.
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I only knew Peter through Michel ( his beloved “Shelly” as his first love from Notre Dame years), but these last years at Christmas parties, great dinners that he cooked and walking around the dog park where my husband said he “ couldn’t take the smile off his face”- he was like an 18 year old kid in love again and SO HAPPY. 79 was too young. We expected to be seeing him til 99.
Carrie Lail Reichert
April 25, 2021
Wartime colleague and friend. Limitlessly gifted and generous.

Bravest, toughest, smartest man I ever knew.

An inspirational force of the first magnitude in War and Peace.

Rest in peace.

Salim (Respectfully, Of Course!)
Salim J. Balady
Served In Military Together
April 25, 2021
To a dear neighbor who we never had a chance to meet. From the comments on here, it sounds like you were a wonderful person.
My family moved into the Sycamore neighborhood in Fallbrook October 2019. We would take walks through out the neighborhood and down to the cul-de-sac all the way to your beautiful home. We always wanted to say hello but wasn’t sure if you were home. Stumbling across your estate sale at your home, we purchased a few of your belongings and will treasure them in the years to come.
May you rest in eternal love and peace.
Georlea “Lea” Philipp
April 24, 2021
I have been Peter’s friend and barber for over 40 years. I looked forward to seeing him at 6:00 am for his hair cuts. We always had amazing talks and I will be missing him.
February 11, 2021
Love, Marcia, Ingrid and Kim
February 9, 2021
God Speed Pete!
Pete was a outstanding colleague as a adversary, co-counsel and mediator. I admired Pete's razor sharp legal skill as much as his wit and warmth. I will miss him. Kevin Cauley
Kevin Cauley
February 5, 2021
Last I saw Pete was on a sunny day in Pittsburgh years ago. But my memory of him includes numerous stories of him told to me by my brother, John, and good-buddy-sister, Erin. He was larger than life, uncompromising and compassionate - I count myself blessed to know 4 of his greatest works and those they brought into his circle.
Jeff Christoforetti
February 4, 2021
Kathy and I will greatly miss you. We will always be brothers who loved each other and we will always be friends, a friendship based on mutual respect and aligned goal and ideals. You eloquently passed on the history of our family which enriched us in knowing who we are. We successfully navigated some difficult times but we were stronger because of them. I can’t believe there will be no more calls or visits during which we laughed and learned. The feeling of loss is intense. I love and miss you.
With great sadness,
Your bother,
Anthony Ippolito
February 4, 2021
May Pete Rest In Peace. A wonderful, wonderful man. Blessed to call him a friend a d mentor.
Ali Salamirad
February 3, 2021
Peter was the greatest inspiration for the families’ second generation and the thread to the next. There are a lot of successful people around because they followed the examples he set. Thank you for your service. You lived a life well lived
Rest In Peace “Pete”
Narcise Family
February 2, 2021
Counsel of Kiewit Corporation
February 1, 2021
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