Peter Beaudry Eppolito, son of Dr. John S. Eppolito, and father to John Wayne Eppolito passed away at home surrounded by family on October 24, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Peter was born November 19, 1968, and is the only child of John and Betsy’s born in Clayton.
Peter Eppolito graduated from Thousand Islands Central School in 1986 and then attended SUNY Potsdam. In 2000, Peter graduated from Jefferson County Community College, receiving his degree as a Registered Nurse. Following the death of Peter’s mother Betsy, Peter dedicated himself to caring for others. Peter worked at the River Hospital as a nurse in the emergency room and most recently as a nurse in the progressive care unit at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.
Peter Eppolito was a life-long river rat spending most of his free time on Grindstone Island. Grindstone Island was special to Peter. As an infant, Peter played on Potters beach, swam with family and friends, and developed his life-long love for the sunsets on Potters beach. He developed an attachment to Grindstone’s special beauty; it’s wonderful and kind residents, the events at Dodge Hall, and the tranquility it provided both during good and bad times. While the river and Grindstone were home, Peter’s joys of life were his son, family, extended river family, and his belief that we all share the same space. Peter was a wide-eyed wanderer who loved to explore, listen to wild stories, sit before a camp fire and make friends, and help anyone in need. Most importantly, he firmly believed in living life to its fullest, in dancing the good dance, and in helping each other, because despite our differences we all share in this planet together.
Peter is survived by family and friends to many to mention, with the exception of one, his beloved son, John Wayne Eppolito, the joy of his life.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Tuesday, October 27th at the T R Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Clayton Opera House on Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dodge Hall in care of Phil Marra, 320 Mullin Street, Watertown, NY 13601, or the River Hospital Foundation, PO Box 567, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.
The Eppolito Family would like to express their special thanks to John J. Poggi, M.D., and Karen Nevills, F.F.P., and their staff, the staff of Hospice of Jefferson County, and the ER staff at River Hospital for the wonderful care and support. That type of care and support is what motivated Peter to become a nurse.