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November 26, 1937 - August 28, 2021

U.S. Veteran

A celebration of life service will be held on September 5, 2021 at 2pm. It will be held at Calvary Baptist Church 2980 N Wickham Road Melbourne, FL 32935

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers you can send a donation via Venmo to @Diane-Harvey-1 and we will split the donations between Alliance Defending Freedom and Calvary Baptist Church missionaries.

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Peter Portanova went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 28, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida.

Peter was born on November 26, 1937 in Floral Park, NY to Ralph and Celeste. He graduated from Adelphi University and spent most of his career working for Grumman Aerospace. He also served our country in the Army National Guard.

On October 28th, 1961 he married Phyllis Anne Jocher and they had 3 children who they raised in Northport, NY and their kids collectively gave them 12 grandchildren.

Phyllis preceded Peter in death on July 2, 2019.

He was blessed to find love again when he met Rickie Gallippi in 2020. They wed on April 3, 2021 and shared a brief but loving relationship.

Pete is survived by many friends and family including his wife Rickie, Son and Daughter in Law David and Wendy Portanova, Daughter and Son in Law Cara and Roger Wynn and Daughter and Son in Law Diane and Brett Harvey. He is also survived by his grandchildren Garrett 24, Taylor, 24, Jacob 23 and wife Neva 22 (expecting Pete’s first great grandchild 3/22), Caleb 22, Peter Jackson 21, Reagan 20, Noah 19, Zachary 18, Danielle 18, Jessica 16, Shelby 13 and Micah 10.

Pete dedicated his life to serving the Lord and loving his family. In his spare time he enjoyed playing and watching golf and he had an amazing singing voice that sounded like a combination Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

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