Peter B. Zuhoski Jr. of Wading River entered into eternal rest July 19, 2019.Cherished husband of Christine for 44 years, he was a most dedicated father to Peter B. Zuhoski III, Krystyna Bory (Daniel) and Larissa T. Zuhoski. He was a proud “Dziadzi” to Brielle and Caleb Bory. Peter was 68 years old.
The son of Dr. Peter B. and Alice (Rosko) Zuhoski, Peter was born in Riverhead and was raised in Jamesport. He is survived by his siblings, Charles P. Zuhoski (Marcia), Louise Scott (Robert) and Lorraine Miller. He was a beloved “Uncle Pete” to many.
A 1969 Riverhead High School graduate, Peter received his degree of bachelor of electrical engineering from Villanova University in 1973. He went on to be employed by LILCO and Harris PRD, before devoting nearly 39 years as an employee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, most recently as senior electrical engineer, a job which he truly loved and from which he had yet to retire.
In service of his community, Peter eagerly and efficiently accepted many challenges and his tireless efforts encompassed several roles. While his children attended St. Isidore School, he was president of the Parents’ Club, coached numerous sports teams, and managed the track and field program there. A parishioner of St. Isidore R.C. Church, he organized the annual chicken barbecue for many years. He was a lifelong member of the Polish Town Civic Association and both a member and former director of Riverhead Polish Hall. In recent years, Peter thoroughly enjoyed his Riverhead Yacht Club membership.
A passion for music was a strong thread throughout his life. Inspired and guided from a young age by Riverhead music teacher Mr. Howard Hovey, Peter became a skilled tuba player and was recently the president of the No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band, as well as a member of the North Shore Community Band, Sag Harbor Community Band, Bay Brass Quintet and Greenport Community Band, with whom he performed his final concert earlier in the evening last Friday.
Peter possessed a curiosity for the mechanisms of life matched by few. He was the co-designer of the Harrison Transplanter and was always employing his engineering expertise, be it for work projects that brought him across the country and around the globe or building Legos with his grandchildren and great-nephews. He devoted himself to living a life fulfilled by giving his all to the people he so loved and his treasured endeavors, yet Peter still had much more to give. He will be profoundly missed by all whose lives he touched.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, July 25, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Riverhead.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting contributions toward a memorial scholarship to be awarded to high school members of their community bands.
This is a paid notice.