Peter Thaddeus Sweet, age 74, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2011.
He was a resident of Canandaigua, NY and formerly of Little Falls, NY and Phoenix, NY.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Serena Ferlito Sweet; six children, Lisa Ruth Sweet, Sarah Sweet Christianson and husband David Christianson, Mary Sweet Celebi and husband James Celebi, Leigh Douglas Sweet and wife Lisa Sweet, Catherine Sweet Walsh and husband Michael Walsh and Alexander Leigh Thaddeus Sweet and wiffy Catherine Sweet; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Ross, Michael, Mackenzie, Jessie, Jack, Samuel, Conner and Gracie; five step-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Whitney, Ryan and Amanda; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Molly, four step-great grandchildren, Brianne, Rylee, Madilynn and Lily; his brother, Kenneth Wayne Sweet and his wife, Esther Sweet, their four children, Kenneth, Caleb, Samuel and Ella and many, many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends he considered family.
He was pre-deceased by his mother, Mary Wikoff Sweet and his father, Berton Wayne Sweet.
Mr. Sweet was born in 1936 in the Village of Phoenix, NY and was the son of Berton Wayne and Mary Wikoff Sweet. He attended school in Phoenix, where he met his wife, Serena, and graduated in 1954. He attended college at Colgate University, Oswego University and Penn State University, graduating with his Masters Degree. He discontinued his Doctorate coursework when his sixth child, Alexander, was born.
His professional career showcases his love of people and his desire to care for them. He served as a police officer for the village of Phoenix, A New York State Trooper, and a teacher and Administrator for another 29 years. He retired in 1995 to care for his father.
Mr. Sweet was a dedicated family man, living every day of his life for his family. He loved Camp in the Adirondack mountains, history, education, farming in Texas, a beautiful sunrise and a beautiful sunset. He loved to cook and invent new recipes. He lived a good man and he died a good man.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is now at peace. There will be no calling hours. Services are private. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, in memory of Peter T. Sweet, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642.
Arrangements are by Blessing Funeral Home, Mansfield, Texas. Condolences may be offered at www.familyowned.net.