Peter Thomas Donofrio

April 2, 1943 - May 10, 2018
Peter Thomas Donofrio

Peter Thomas Donofrio, 75, of Wilmington, passed away on May 10, 2018 at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Peter was born in New Rochelle, NY, April 2, 1943, the son of the late Carl and Gertrude Mangin Donofrio, and was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament HS and the University of Connecticut, where he had earned his degree in Political Science while serving in the ROTC program. He had served in the US Coast Guard as a Lieutenant JG for 4 years.  Peter spent the majority  of his career as operations manager for the ports of Elizabeth, NJ, Genoa, Italy, and Wilmington, NC.  He retired as owner/operator of the Goddard School in Owings Mills, MD with his wife Diane.

He was a volunteer at the Fort Fisher Museum and North Carolina Aquarium and was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church. He had a special love for his family and friends and enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing, golf and the outdoors. He was loved and will be missed by many.

Peter is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane Fego Donofrio; his son, Peter Donofrio; daughter Laura Donofrio Mercer; daughter-in-law, Jovita Tiskute Donofrio, son-in-law, MAJ Christopher Mercer, and several nieces and nephews in Wilmington and the northeast.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church 6650 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403.



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  • May 12, 2018
    David Ruthford says:
    So sorry for your loss.

  • May 12, 2018
    Jack Jados says:
    Chookie, Laura and Pete Jr. ...... We are all saddened to hear of the untimely loss of Pete. We have many fond memories of our times with him and the family. Our deepest sympathy. The Jados Family

  • May 13, 2018
    Rick Statile says:
    So sorry, He was a good friend and will be missed.

  • May 13, 2018
    Fizers says:
    Our deepest sympathies. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  • May 14, 2018
    Ed Pretre says:
    I knew Pete well, we worked at Sea-Land and US Lines together. He was a great guy and I am so sorry for your loss.