Peter Dominic Forte, 99, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was the beloved husband of the late Julie Sorbo Forte and also the late Frances Liquori Forte. Pete was born in the Upper East Side of Manhattan on June 27, 1918. He was the son of the late Antonio and Anna Trezza Forte. Pete was a radio operator for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. A master craftsman, he was a cabinet maker and also taught the art of woodworking. All of his life an avid sportsman, he enjoyed playing many sports, but mostly baseball. He was a diehard Yankee fan since the days of Babe Ruth. Later on in life Pete took up golf, bowling, and loved to play bocce, however, most important to him was his faith. A devout Catholic, he loved Our Lord and also had a special devotion to St. Jude and to the Blessed Mother, reciting the Rosary daily. Pete loved his heritage and instilled pride of his Italian roots in all of his family, however was also a patriotic American. He is survived by his loving daughter Maryann, and son-in-law Rich. Known as “Pop” to his adoring grandchildren Rich (Alison) DiPalma Jr. and Alicia (Michael) Fraenza, and was the very special “Poppy” to his five great-grandchildren, Julia and Anthony “AJ” Fraenza and Ava, Peter, and Donato DiPalma. He was predeceased by his infant daughter Roseanne and brothers Carmine and John Forte.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue Tuesday morning at 8:45. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road (Route 80) East Haven at 9:30. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 pm. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or the CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.