Jeffalone, Peter "Pete"
Longtime Tahoe-Truckee resident, Pete Jeffalone, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Sept. 25 at the age of 66 while participating in a bike race. No words can describe all that Pete meant to and accomplished in our area. Arriving in the 1960s, threw himself into the local culture. He worked many years as a carpenter and Realtor and served on the board of the North Tahoe Public Utility District, but his real passions were local history and events and enjoying all the recreational opportunities our great area has to offer. Just a few of the many things Pete accomplished in his time with us were skiing in the Great Race nearly every year, hiking the entire Rim Trail, getting an Oktoberfest going, shoveling off the pond in Tahoe Vista so the community could ice skate, studying Italian, Japanese and tap dancing, and attending historical events. Unbeknownst to many, Pete was an incredible humanitarian who spent many Thanksgivings and Christmases feeding the homeless in Reno. There he met kids living in the shelter and took them ice skating. He had a round of driveways and sidewalks he would shovel on snow days for those no longer able to shovel. Pete was the first to offer his help whenever times were tough for his friends. What separated Pete from all others is that he never expected or accepted anything in return for the many things he did. He lived a simple life, dedicating all his energy and resources to his friends and his community.Pete is survived by his brother Jim of Tucson, his niece Raina of Denver, and nephew Lane, currently in the Navy in Naples, Italy. He also has an Uncle Frank and numerous cousins in his hometown area of upstate New York.Pete has left behind his many friends whom he touched so deeply. He made us all proud of who we are and continually stoked the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood that has always typified what we Old timers know as Tahoe-Truckee. It just won’t be as much fun anymore without Pete.Celebrate Pete’s life and times on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center from noon – 4 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about this celebration, and in the mean time, do an unexpected good deed for someone in the spirit of our great friend, Pete Jeffalone.