PETER NAZARENE TASCIO

PETER NAZARENE TASCIO

Peter Nazarene Tascio was born Dec. 5, 1951, 20 days before Christmas. All his life he loved the Christmas season — the hymns, the lights, the movies, the presents, the decorating of the tree, and the sweet, holy miracle it all builds up to. Peter grew up in Silver Lake, N.Y., with a younger sister, Nancy, whom he teased from infancy onward, and whom he was mercilessly teased by. He was an excellent student, a Boy Scout and an altar boy. Very early in his life Peter fell in love with music, especially the guitar. In high school he and his three best friends, Al, Rocco and Tony, formed a band, with Peter on guitar and vocals. They covered Beatles music and played parties and events. Peter studied electrical engineering at Manhattan College, working at a nursing home to pay tuition. There, he met his future wife, Anne Carr. They honeymooned in Cape Cod, and moved into a White Plains apartment across the street from Nancy and her husband, Bobby. A few years later, now with three children — Elizabeth, Marian and Peter — Peter and Anne bought a home in Putnam Lake, N.Y. Around the same time, Peter lost his mother, Anna, whom he adored. Family life was busy and full. Two more children — James and Clare — came along. Peter often ferried the kids to their own band performances, to dance class and karate class and baseball games, to early morning drill practices, to birthday parties and family gatherings. He helped them learn to ride bikes and played games with them at the lake. He shared his love of movies with them, including anything featuring John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart, and had yearly screenings of favorites like “The Quiet Man” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”