Obituaries

Peter Micali

Peter Micali, age 76, passed away on 8/5/21.  Peter was born in a small town, Millitello, val Catania, Sicily on May 19, 1945.  At the age of 9, his family imigrated to the U.S. and made their home in The Bronx, N.Y. 

It was there Peter began his legacy.  At the age of 15 he met his wife to be, Lucille Campanaro, at Theodore Roosevelt H.S. 

At the age of 17 he bought his first business, an Italian deli/grocery store, while completing his H.S. education at night. 

At 19 he received his first draft notice and within 3 months was on his way to basic training, A.I.T. and then Vietnam.   Upon his return home in 1967, he and his H.S. sweetheart planned their wedding and in August 1968, they were married. 

The following year he bought another business, in Astoria, Queens.  His successfully built that business and then moved on.   He opened a hugely successful deli, pizzeria and in-house catering in Bayside, Queens. 

With his wife, Lucille at his side, they raised 2 sons, Peter and Paul.  Both sons would grow to spend their teen years helping dad in his catering business.  Together as a family and with their extended family they had a 20-year success story. 

In 2001, they made their move to Virginia and with his son Peter, opened the successful Bellissimo Pizza in Williamsburg.

He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.  His generosity, kindness and friendship were felt by all who knew him.

Peter is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucille; sons, Peter and wife Shannon, and their 2 sons Aedan and Luca, and Paul and his wife Kimberly and their 2 daughters Grace and Ruby; brother, Enzo; and sisters, Lucy, Mary and Lisa.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News.  

8 Comments

  1. Peter Giambrone

    My deepest condolences to the Micali family. I met Peter when I was just a kid in Astoria, Queens and then later in life. I had the privilege to work for him in Bayside, Queens. I have never met a human being that had so much ambition,work ethic and drive as Peter. Throughout the years working for him he brought out the ambition in me and taught me a lot about life, business and true friendship. He was always kind and was quick to help me out when I needed it. I’ll never forget the phone call I got back in 1995 from Pete inviting me to go with him to the Super Bowl in Miami. That memory will stay with me for the rest of my life due to his generosity. May God Bless him. Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.

  2. Peter Giambrone

    My deepest condolences to the Micali family. I met Peter when I was just a kid in Astoria, Queens and then later in life. I had the privilege to work for him in Bayside, Queens. I have never met a human being that had so much ambition,work ethic and drive as Peter. Throughout the years working for him he brought out the ambition in me and taught me a lot about life, business and true friendship. He was always kind and was quick to help me out when I needed it. I’ll never forget the phone call I got back in 1995 from Pete inviting me to go with him to the Super Bowl in Miami. That memory will stay with me for the rest of my life due to his generosity. May God Bless him. Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.

  3. Joan Sweeney

    Lucille you were my first real friend you and Pete were so good for each other May God guide you through your sorrow. We will keep you close in our prayers. Love you

  4. Don Dinse

    The York County / City of Williamsburg / City of Poquoson / James City County Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics and 911 Dispatchers send our deepest condolences to the Micali Family. Peter was a generous supporter of this area’s First Responders. He was always asking “What can I do for Your Guys?”….. As President (Don Dinse) of this Professional Organization. I always enjoyed sharing our stories about growing up Italian in the north. The Food, Family and Things to do…While i enjoyed his food, i equally enjoyed our conversations. He will be sorely missed by me, my family, our members and their family members as well. Rest in Peace Piason…..The Family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Adam Czajka

    Peter was family. When I was going through a low point in my in my early years as a kid starting out, he gave me a job to put some money in my pocket and help keep me afloat til’ I got a better job leading up to the career I have now as an Automotive tech. I’ve worked on his Windstar and other vehicles and he was always fair and insisted on giving me a couple slices of my favorite pizza the Bronx Bomber @ Bellisimo in Williamsburg off Mooretown Rd. He will never be forgotten and certainly always remembered as the good hearted, Army Veteran Italian Uncle I knew him as. May you be in Heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead! Salute!

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