Peter Joseph Plate

peter plate

August 9, 1934 ~ April 9, 2023

Born in: Pianello, Italy
Resided in: Kings Park, NY

Peter came to the US and the Bronx, NY at the age of 12 years old, with mother Clara and father Rudelfo Plate, older sisters Mary and Rose, and younger sister Joanne and brother Charlie (the older family members initially lived in Brooklyn but moved to Italy before Peter, Joanne, and Charlie were born).   Their return to the US with a family of seven, began by staying with relatives at first but eventually their home became the right side of a two-family house at 4109 Paulding Avenue in the north central Bronx.  Peter went on to graduate high school and then earn his associate degree in electronics from Westchester Community College.  In 1957 at the age of 23 he was drafted and joined the Army where he served through the post war winddown in Korea.  He applied his knowledge of electronics to become a communications radio technician and operator and was decorated with a Medal of Good Conduct and honorably discharged after two years of service. 


Peter went to work at General Precision Laboratories after his return to NY, and while working there met the love of his life, Anita Todaro.  They created a life together that took them to Commack Long Island, and Peter to an eventual 30-year career with Grumman Aerospace during which time he went to night school and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New York Institute of Technology.  Peter’s passions in life revolved around is family, friends, and the community.  He enriched the lives around him with his humor and wit and was approachable to all with his infectious smile and easy-going nature.  Peter prided himself on his hobbies and interests which he shared with loved ones such as fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, and spectating sports.  His legacy is rooted in Long Island and beyond with the many fig trees he has planted and cared for, and with the long-lasting taste of the best clams and oysters dug and served by him at every possible event.


Peter leaves behind his amazing wife Anita of 60 years, and two children Peter and Patricia, who now have seven beautiful sons of their own.  Peter is married to Nancy (Dobek) Plate, where they live in Fort Salonga, NY, and have sons Nicholas, Charles, Will, and Andrew.  Patti is married to Saul Cruz, where they live in Fair Haven, NJ, and have sons Christopher, Matthew, and Luke.  Peter was predeceased by his parents, Rudelfo and Clara (Grassi) Plate, his sister Mary and brother Charlie.  He is survived by his loving sisters Rose DeSpirito and Joanne DeSpirito and many nieces and nephews. 

Peter passed peacefully in the early hours of Easter morning.


Visitation: April 14, 2023 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Commack
2115 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725

Mass: April 15, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Joseph RCC Kings Park
59 Church Street

Interment: April 15, 2023 12:00 pm

Gate Of Heaven Cemetery
10 W Stevens Ave

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Peter Joseph Plate 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN

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  1. Many fond memories forged on Anna Maria Island – from Super Bowls to Valentine’s Day dinners, St. Patrick’s Day parades to burgers at Duffy’s,, biscotti and shared recipes. “How Lucky AMI” for our friendship. Rest in peace, Peter. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  2. candleOur hearts go out to the whole Plate family. We will miss Peter and will send prayers to you in this difficult time. We will cherish our fig tree even more since Peter gave us our tree and all the advice on how to care for it. May it be fruitful for years to come. Again, with our deepest sympathy. Love, Ellen and Skip Hempel

  3. candleI will always treasure my beautiful memories of you Uncle Pete, you were always loving & caring and your smile always so bright and beautiful. You will be missed xo Sending my love to you Aunt Anita, Peter & Patti, Love you all very much xo

  4. It was always a treat visiting you in Long Island when we were kids! I remember going out on the boat and water skiing and clamming. I will always remember your beautiful smile and gentle laugh. I will miss you. My prayers are with you Aunt Anita, Peter, Patti and children. Love you, cousin/niece Lisa ❤️

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