Loved family, music and making a difference.
Bert passed away on October 18, 2023 at home in Lynnfield in the care of his loving family. He was born in Chelsea, MA on January 19, 1938, to Bertram and Luisa (Mariani) Peluso. He was their “Sonny.”
He leaves his wife and best friend Karen McGillicuddy Peluso, and their children Robert of Billerica, Jon of Lynnfield, Mia of Lynnfield, Kim Greene and her husband Peter of Vermont and his granddaughter Maia Greene. Also left behind is his Marine buddy, Dave Jeter.
Bert grew up in Revere and attended Immaculate Conception School, Saint Anselm’s College and Boston University. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
Following his service in the Marines he began his over 50-year career in the commercial construction industry in the role of Chief Estimator or Project Manager at many sites in Boston. He was an avid fisherman and boat owner, target shooter and golfer. He loved adventures and traveling with Karen to far corners of the world and made friends wherever he went. He was a Shriner and member of Aleppo Temple, Past President of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) Boston Chapter and a communicant at Saint Maria Goretti’s Church. Caring, generous and an amazing cook, his house was always open to friends, strangers, foreign exchange students and senior rescue dogs.
Bert’s musical talents were highly acclaimed. He was a classically trained accordion player and at a young age appeared in both large and small concert halls. He loved all genres of music and in addition to the accordion he could easily pick up other instruments, sing Italian songs and be the life of the party. He was funny and enjoyed performing in dinner theater and at many charity events.
He was never one to back down from a challenge, and when the genetic condition neurofibromatosis (NF) impacted his family, he was determined to bring NF out of the shadows and into the public’s consciousness. He was bold and passionate about promoting NF research and along with a handful of patients, families and friends founded the National Neurofibromatosis Network as well as Neurofibromatosis Northeast. Now, thirty-five years later, the two organizations have generated millions of dollars for research. Bert’s vision made a profound difference and brought hope to NF patients and families.
At Bert’s request services will be private and his ashes will be scattered in the ocean off of Winthrop where he met Karen over 60 years ago.
If you wish to honor Bert’s memory with a donation to his favorite charity please do so at www.nfnortheast.org. Or make a difference in your own way with a donation to a charity of your choice.