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Peter Rotando
1946 - 2021
Miles-Sterling Funeral Home & Tribute Center
100 Worcester Rd
Sterling, MA
Peter N. Rotando, 74

WEST BOYLSTON - Peter N. Rotando, 74, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 in the compassionate care of the love of his life, Jane Burgoyne and the dedicated staff at Leominster Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Holden, Peter was the son of the late Nicholas V. and Olive "Cynthia" (McKinstry) Rotando and lived most of his life in West Boylston.

Peter was a graduate of West Boylston High School where he served as class president in 1964. He then went on to graduate from Assumption College where he received a bachelor's degree in History and Education. He later earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Clark University, and a bachelor's degree in Fire Science from Anna Maria College. He worked 30 years for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation retiring in 2014.

He started his firefighting career at the age of 16 as an auxiliary firefighter with the West Boylston Fire Department, where he will be remembered for his warm smile and strong presence. In 1978, Peter moved to Louisiana where he taught specialty fire instruction at the University of Louisiana before returning to West Boylston in 1983. He worked the remainder of his chosen career as a firefighter-EMT with the Boylston and Sterling Fire Departments and the Princeton Fire Department where he was presently serving as Chaplain. Peter was the first Call Firefighter to graduate from the Mass Firefighting Academy and served with the Central Mass Fire Service for almost 50 years. He also served with the Mass Corps of Fire Chaplains and the Montachusett CISM Team. Other memberships included the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighter's Association, Chapter 450 - The Northeastern Interstate Forest Fire Protection and the Worcester County Firefighters Association.

Peter was a certified instructor with the State Fire Academy and taught classes throughout New England, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He served on the board of the Mass Forest Warden's Association. Nationally, Peter was a member of numerous associations including the National Fire Academy Alumni Association and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

He honorably served his country from 1974 to 1977 as a Lieutenant with the US Army Reserve. He was a Member of the Harold N. Keith American Legion Post 204 in West Boylston and served as a past camp commander of the Willie Grout Camp 25 and Commander of the 1st Military District, Sons of Veterans Reserve.

Peter was presently serving as a Trustee of Mt. Vernon Cemetery in West Boylston and was a member of the First Congregational Church of West Boylston. In his spare time, Peter held memberships with Central Massachusetts Genealogical, Antique Tractor Society and the Central Mass Postcard Club.

Peter leaves his long-time girlfriend and love of his life, Jane D. Burgoyne of Lancaster; an uncle, Forrest "Woody" McKinstry of Charlton; local cousins including, Judith Roy of West Boylston and Beth Taylor, Sharon Carlson, Paul McKinstry and his wife, Jennifer all of Charlton; and close friends, Wilmer "Wil" and Debbie Dane of Livingston, Texas.

Jane and Peter's families would like to thank the Princeton Fire Department for all their assistance in helping to make Peter's memory a tribute to his life; a special thank you to the nursing staff at Leominster Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Leominster and Whitney Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough, for their endless care of Peter during his stay; a very special thank you to Peter and Jane's families and friends for their very devoted support and love during this painful journey. Peter will be so dearly missed.

Visiting hours for family and friends will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 24 at the Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Rd., Sterling. A funeral service honoring Peter's life will be held at 11 am on Thursday, March 25, at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest beside his parents at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in West Boylston. Peter's service will be available for viewing later in the day on the Miles Funeral Home website, on his obituary page. Appropriate social distancing and wearing of a mask will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton Firefighter's Association, 8 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 01541 or to the First Congregational UCC, 26 Central Street, West Boylston, MA 01583. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 22 to Mar. 25, 2021.
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Jane and family, Pete was a great friend from dancing class in kindergarten thru high school. Also with my dad at fires growing up. Jane, we met you at his moms funeral, and know you were a great strength to him at the end. Sorry this is late, we didn't know till we saw it in the Tribute in the newspaper.
Pat and Guy Jess
April 19, 2021
Peter was a excellent person, very sorry. Rest in Peace Sir.
Greg Baker
April 18, 2021
What a loss! A great person and a great friend. Pete and I were hired at the same time at LSU FETI in `79. We shared a trailer on the training grounds and taught "RookieSchool" together. A firefighter through and through. RIP
Doug Gleason
April 7, 2021
To a wonder, friendly classmate. may people you met through life cherish their memories of you. Robert Ryan Classmate 1964 West Boylston High School San Antonio TX [email protected]
Robert C. Ryan, Jr.
March 25, 2021
My sympathy goes out to the families of Peter & Jane. Our Dad's worked together & I have many fond memories of spending family time with the Rotandos. He was a wonderful guy, always happy & joking around. He will be sorely missed. RIP Peter.
Carolyn Hastings
March 25, 2021
My heart goes out to you Jane. I have so many fond memories of Peter. I was talking to my mom today, and telling her that he was such a rock to us all when my Gram passed away. He encouraged me to speak at her funeral and I remember the wonderful eulogy he gave. He had such a good sense of humor and he was always so fun to be around when I was a kid. I won't ever forget him.
Misty Sutton
March 24, 2021
He was one of the nicest guys i knew.
Fritz Burkhardt
March 24, 2021
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing. We have been friends for many years. He will be in our prayers.
Al (Doc) and Nancy Barakian
March 24, 2021
Chaplain Rotando: A great, generous, kind and caring man. He was the example of being a gentleman and was filled with human compassion. Pete was a person that promoted 'glad tidings' to all. He served his country, fellowman and dedicated his life to serving others. He made a great contribution in this earth. God Bless America.
Mike Martin
March 24, 2021
Rest in Peace, Pete
jeff Lee
March 24, 2021
The room lit up when Mr. Rotando entered. Peter´s good humor, positive attitude, and unalienable helpfulness are his legacy. My sympathies to those who were fortunate enough to know him. His passing leaves a gaping hole in the warm and fuzzy fabric of life. For a man who spent his life putting out fires in field & office, he certainly did cast an abundance of glowing warmth.
Steve Baer
March 23, 2021
Was a pleasure serving with you Pete 187Sep Inf Bde May you rest in the Peace of our Lord. Keep that smile in Heaven
SFC John McAdam
March 23, 2021
Peter was a Very Good Person, Neighbor and Friend to my Family. He gave so much to the Community. Rest In Peace Peter and may all the people you tought over the years continue your legacy.
Paula Belongie (Borden)
March 23, 2021
A dear friend who enriched our lives and who we will miss greatly. Heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones.
Steve and Kim Lambros
March 23, 2021
Pete was such a unique individual, I can't think of him without smiling. He was a wonderful friend and an extraordinary teacher. So proud of his department and it's firefighters. You're relieved now fireman, your brothers and sisters will take it from here.
"Well done good and faithful servant."
Carl Ferch
March 23, 2021
Pete was one of the most decent and genuine souls I´ve had the pleasure of knowing. My deepest sympathy to Jane and family.
Kati Murphy
March 23, 2021
Hud Quistorff
March 23, 2021
Pete, you were one of the nicest, most helpful, and most generous people that I've met. You will be missed.
Hud Quistorff
March 23, 2021
RIP Peter You were such a bright light . You will be so missed condolences to your family..
Mary Marold
March 23, 2021
Im so sorry to see him leave us , I worked with him at his uncles garage for years and remained friends over the years . RIP my friend
Wayne kanerva
March 23, 2021
We´ve know each other for many years through the Fire Service. You´ve answered your last alarm. May you rest in peace.
Jack Holbrook
March 23, 2021
My heart aches to have learned of your passing have always been a very special person in so many lives and we have great memories of you... God bless
Judith Russo
March 23, 2021
My condolences to the family. Peter was a great friend and contributed much to Willie Grout Camp 25 SUVCW.
George Maple
March 23, 2021
To Jane and family; and Judy too. Chuck and I extend our deepest sympathy to you all. Peter was so lovable, comical and encouraging: Hold fast to the memories of Dear Peter. May God Lighten your days as only HE can!
Eileen and Chuck Strong
March 23, 2021
Always a smile and good word from Pete ! Great man to work with ... Godspeed
Wallace Seaver
March 23, 2021
My Sincere condolences to Ms Jane and for your Loss of Peter Rotando He was " Marvelous " Peace Be Still
Vernon Johnson
March 22, 2021
Our sympathy to Jane and Family! May he forever be in peace.
Corey and Mark McKinstry
March 22, 2021
May your body rest in peace and your soul and spirit live in Heaven. Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah
Reynaldo Rodriguez
March 22, 2021
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