BLOOMINGDALE - Mr. Cecil Pelkey, known to everyone as "Pete," passed away July 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family and under the care of hospice.
He was born in Jay on Nov. 7, 1939, the son of Kenneth and Jennie (Denton) Pelkey. He grew up in Wilmington and had resided in Franklin Falls, Bloomingdale, for the past 48 years.
He attended school in Wilmington and later in Lake Placid. He worked many jobs and wore many hats including skiing, working construction, owning his own logging company (he was known to many as the mayor of Franklin Falls), partners in a construction company, and skiing industry. He acquired three skiing certifications while working at Paleface Mountain Ski Center: graduated-length skiing, Canadian Alliance Ski Certification and Eastern Ski Certification. At Paleface he was a ski instructor, assistant ski school director and later had his own ski school at Woods Valley near Rome, New York. He taught and coached many local children in the school programs at Paleface. At Whiteface Mountain he taught skiing, was assistant ski patrol leader for many years and later was supervisor of the host patrol and interim assistant manager. In his early years, he was also one the first employees there under the direction of Otto Schniebs to cut the first trail on Whiteface Mountain. He had also acquired a joint pilot and engineer license for operating large vessels. Many will remember Pete for his skiing abilities and taming the bumps at Whiteface.
His greatest joy was traveling with Alice to Alaska, panning for gold and going around the United States and Canada visiting his many friends. He loved all outdoor activities: fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing. He retired 18 years ago and spent every day enjoying his retirement years with these activities and added playing cards at exquisite lunches with his sisters, brother-in-law and niece. He was known to many as "Uncle Pete."
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Alice Smith; three children: Dale (Debria) Pelkey, Tracy (Gary) Morgan and Penny (Bob) Sampson; five grandchildren: Chad, Peter, Veronica, Dylan and Alison; three great-grandchildren: Cheyenne, Amanda and Rose; and four sisters: Arlene Franton (George Conant), Rocky (Cal) Ward, Sandy Galbraith and Mary Pelkey (Terry Avery).
He was predeceased by his parents, one brother Kenneth and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Catherine (Francis) Peck, Betty (Rod) Cooper, and Frances (Frank) Mason.
Services are to be held at noon Saturday, July 26 at Thwaits Zaumetzer Funeral Home in AuSable Forks with calling hours from 11 a,m, to noon prior to the service. A reception will be held immediately following at the Whiteface Range Hall in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic, AuSable Forks, or the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh NY 12901.
Online condolences may be made at tzfunerals.com.