BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Peter J. Ottomanelli, a partner with three of his brothers in O. Ottomanelli & Sons, the meat market founded by their late father that has become a Greenwich Village institution, died June 1 at the age of 65.
He died of cancer in Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island after a brief illness.
Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Peter Ottomanelli learned his trade as a boy working in the family business founded by Onofrio Ottomanelli in 1956 on Bleecker St.
Pete and three of his brothers, Jerry, Frankie and Joey, became principals in the business after their father died at the age of 83 in 2000. Two other brothers, Michael and Nicky, were also part of the business but left to work elsewhere in the industry.
In 1998, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation gave Onofrio and his sons one of its annual awards honoring the people, places and institutions that make the Village the beloved neighborhood that it is.
Peter graduated from St. Leonard High School in Brooklyn and joined the family businesses as a young man. He married the former Joan De Palma 38 years ago. They lived in Staten Island where they raised their daughter, Teresa.
A fan of Elvis Presley, Peter also loved boating and was a Dallas Cowboys football fan. He was a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Huguenot, Staten Island.
In addition to his five brothers and his wife and daughter, his son-in-law, Anthony Treglia, and grandchildren, Giovanna Elaina and Christopher Anthony Treglia, also survive. A sister, Fran Ciringione, predeceased him.
The John Vincent Scalia Funeral Home of Eltonville, Staten Island, was in charge of arrangements. The funeral Mass was June 5 in St. Clare’s Church, in Great Kills, Staten Island, and burial was in Holy Savior Cemetery, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.