Edward J. Petrillose

October 24, 2012       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  —  Edward J. Petrillose, 88, of Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Watertown and the family cottage on Pillar Point, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Lakeland Memorial Hospital in Florida. 

Mr. Petrillose was born April 26, 1924, in Ithaca, the son of James and Marcella Goff Petrillose.

Ed moved with his family to Watertown in 1941, the same year his father opened Pine Cleaners on State Street. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1942 and attended the Dry Cleaning Institute in New York City. 

He joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Concetta M. Capone on Oct. 31, 1946, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. She  died Dec. 5, 1999. 

Mr. Petrillose worked with his father and brother, Vincent. They purchased the business in the 1940s moving to Franklin Street in 1951. In 1990, he and his brother sold Pine Cleaners to their sons, Steven and Vincent.

Mr. Petrillose was a communicant of Saint Anthony’s Church in Lakeland, Fla., All Saints Church in Chaumont and Holy Family Church in Watertown. He volunteered for bingo and sang in the choir at Holy Family Church. 

Ed was a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge, Rotary Club of Watertown, Watertown Council 259 of the Bishop Conrad Assembly 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Watertown Islander Barbershop Choir and the Keynoters. 

He enjoyed making wine, golfing, fishing, and making jewelry.

He piloted his own private plane.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Sandy, Black River; a brother, Vincent, Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Vivian Briggs, Zephyrhills, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Morgan, Erica Hallisey, Toni Davis and Charles Locke, his companion, Gloria Smith; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

A daughter, Mary Locke in 1997, and a granddaughter, Amanda, both died before him.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the funeral home with a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

Contributions may be made to Watertown Lyric Theater, P.O. Box 8133, Watertown, NY 13601. 

Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.

Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and Newzjunky.com, Watertown.