Obituary of Peter V. Ramundo, Sr.
Peter V. Ramundo, a Former Rockland County legislator, businessman and community leader from Haverstraw, died December 30, 2022 at his winter home in Naples, Florida. He was 85 years old.
Mr. Ramundo, the youngest of 14 children born to late Sabatino and Josephine Ramundo, was born on August 15, 1937 in Suffern, NY and lived most of his life in the Haverstraw, NY area until his retirement in 1994.
A graduate of Haverstraw High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, where he majored in Communication Arts. From 1960 to 1969, he was employed as a newspaper reporter, night city editor, and assistant city editor for The Rockland County Journal-News.
In 1969, Mr. Ramundo embarked upon a political career which extended over two decades. He served as administrative assistant for Haverstraw Supervisor Philip Rotella, commissioner of the Haverstraw Joint Regional Sewerage Board, Director of the Rockland County Real Property Tax Services and Director of Tax Delinquent Properties for the County of Rockland.
When John Grant was elected Rockland County’s first County Executive in 1985, Mr. Ramundo was appointed to fill Grant’s vacancy on the County Legislature and was twice elected as a County Legislator.
While on the Legislature, Mr. Ramundo served as chairman of a special committee formed to investigate Rockland’s possible withdrawal from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
Mr. Ramundo also served on the Rockland County Democratic Executive Committee and the New York State Democratic Committee.
In the business world, Mr. Ramundo was a real estate broker at Miller & Ramundo Real Estate in Stony Point, NY, part owner of T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home in Haverstraw, Nyack, and Congers NY, and a partner in Parkway Mobile Homes, Inc., in Mt Ivy.
Mr. Ramundo was very active in community affairs in North Rockland and Nyack. He was past chairman and member of the North Rockland Father and Son Athletic Committee and a member of the Haverstraw Knights of Columbus and the Haverstraw and Naples Elks Clubs.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Rockland County Board of Realtors and the Rockland County Multiple Listing System, as well as the Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Nyack Rotary Club and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, serving on their Board of Directors.
Mr. Ramundo was active at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, serving as chairman of the President’s Council and later as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Ramundo and his wife of 46 years Mary Ellen (Fee), spent their summers at their home in Sag Harbor and their winters in Naples, Florida.
In Sag Harbor, he was a member of the Noyac Golf Club and a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Church. In Naples he lived in the residential community of Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club where he served as president of the Club’s Board of Trustees. He was also a member of St. Peter the Apostle parish in Naples.
Mr. Ramundo’s wife, Mary Ellen (Fee), died in 2008. He is survived by his son, Peter V. Ramundo Jr. (Amy) of Naples, FL and his two daughters, Tracy Brosnan of Sag Harbor, NY and Jill Ramundo of Montauk, NY.
He is survived also by six grandchildren, Nicole and Jack Brosnan of New York City, and Gabriel, Peter, Hannah, and Michael Ramundo of Naples, FL and many nieces and nephews.
His survivors include a sister, Virginia D’Agostino of Bradenton, FL and his companion of 13 years, Lois Farber of Nyack, NY.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by five brothers, John, Michael, Joseph, Thomas, and Sabatino (Sal) Ramundo and seven sisters, Catherine Ryder, Theresea Felice, Mary Crow, Mary Ramundo, Christine Squillini, Josephine Marino, and Liberata Marino.