Peter Louis Tovoli Peter Tovoli, a longtime resident of Edgewood, WA, passed away December 25, 2016. Peter was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Dianna. Born in Tacoma, WA September 9, 1935, Peter was the oldest of four siblings: David Tovoli (Mary), Rose Blalock, and Julie Dahlby (Doug). He was a graduate of Holy Rosary School and Bellarmine Preparatory School. Pete, as he was known by all, spent countless hours farming the fields of Fife as an employee of Colonial Gardens. It was in those fields that Pete's love of plant care and gardening grew and his training continued after he was hired by Don Miller, owner of A-1 Spray Service. By the Seventies Pete was confident his experiences, skills, and abilities were strong enough to support his own spray company, so in March of 1971 the first Pete's Spray Service truck was seen on the streets of Tacoma. Together Pete and Dianna built the company in the family room of their Edgewood home. It was truly a family business, as their four children answered phones, filed invoices, and stamped envelopes to help. When the company outgrew the family room, Pete purchased ten acres in the Puyallup Valley (The Farm) where the company continued until its sale to Whitworth Pest Solutions in July of 2014. As a businessman Pete was known to be hardworking, honest, and conscientious. He enjoyed a personal connection with his customers, often walking their yards sharing his knowledge, teaching, and visiting. Pete understood and appreciated the value of his loyal customers and dedicated employees. Pete belonged to many organizations - the IPAA, Sons of Italy, St Martin of Tours Parish, and he was a proud sponsor of numerous youth programs including the Edgewood Athletic Association. Full retirement was never really part of Pete's plan, but he and his wife vacationed extensively throughout the years. They joined friends on cruises, travelled the United States, and toured Europe - even managing to locate relatives in Italy and the gravesite of Pete's uncle, who died in World War II. In his leisure time Pete loved to garden; cultivating a large, meticulously maintained vegetable garden on "The Farm." Between his garden plot and fruit orchard Pete harvested plenty of produce to share, taking great pleasure sending visitors home with armloads of fruits and vegetables. To his grandchildren Pete was Grandpa Tovoli; the man who watched your games, grew giant pumpkins, let you drive his truck around "The Farm," and was willing to stop at McDonald's any time. Pete was a loving husband, quiet patriarch, and true friend. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the beautiful landscapes of Pierce and King Counties. A celebration of Pete's life is set for Saturday, January 28, 2017, at St Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 2303 54th Ave. E, Fife WA. Rosary will begin at 10:30am with a Memorial Mass at 11:00am. A luncheon reception in the Church Hall will follow the service. A private inurnment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. Tribute gifts in Pete's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association by mail at PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011; by phone 1-800-272-3900, or on-line at act.alz.org . It is with tremendous gratitude we thank Pete's faithful friends, family, and care givers; those who generously gave their time, encouragement, and love to Pete as he navigated the challenges of his illness. A special thank you to the staff members of The Cottages of Edgewood and Mountain View Adult Care Home; to Tracy Raymond, John Peschek, and his sisters, Rose and Julie - all for their thoughtful devotion to Pete's well-being and comfort. Thank you to Curnow Funeral Home (253-863-2800). Please share your memories of Pete online at www.curnowfuneralhome.com .
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