Peter James Cario, 80, formerly of Port Jefferson Station, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Melbourne Florida. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Lynne, and their children Pamela and her husband Peter Sayles of Colonia, NJ, Peter and his wife Cheryl Sena of Santa Clarita, CA. He is also survived by his brother Samuel Cario of Englewood, Florida as well as three grandchildren, Elliot, Gabriella and Bella who fondly called him Papa.
Pete retired US Army National Guard CWO whose military service spanned 40 years. He was also a civic activist in Port Jeff Station where he and Lynne lived for 35 years. His civic involvement included being a Comsewogue School Board member for six years. He also served as a Brookhaven Town civic member for 13 years and volunteered for Suffolk County Special Olympics.
Pete was very active in sports including the Town of Brookhaven Youth Board, Eastern Suffolk Baseball Umpires Association, Suffolk County Wrestling Referees Association, as well as the Terryville Baseball Board of Directors. Pete also coached for multiple little league and travel ball teams.
Pete and Lynne were active members of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Port Jefferson for over 25 years. Pete served on the council and Lynne sang in the choir. Together they attended various church conventions as well as serving as delegates to the Eastern District Convention-American Lutheran Church.
Pete and Lynne moved to Melbourne Florida in 1998 where they have been active members of Advent Lutheran Church. Pete’s civic involvements continued. Pete was a member of the Suntree Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and was also on the Board of Directors of Renaissance Pointe HOA.
Pete and Lynne were happiest when traveling together. Their favorite destination was Cancun, Mexico where they spent many happy hours together, enjoyed relaxing on its beautiful beaches, and swimming in the serene blue waters. Cancun became a home away from home with the gracious staff at the Riu, their second family. In October, Peter celebrated his 80th birthday in Cancun with Lynne and their children.
A celebration of life for Peter James Cario will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at Advent Lutheran Church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Advent Lutheran Church.
Advent Lutheran Church
7550 North Wickham Road, Melbourne FL 32940