Gerard Peter (“Pete”) Micera of Hastings passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at age 93, following a 10-day admission to Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. Prior to his admission, he had been nonresponsive to ongoing efforts at communication. The issues were high levels of carbon dioxide and low levels of oxygen, cycling up and down for several days.
A lifelong New Yorker, Pete was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, where his family owned a grocery store during his younger years. His bi-lingual skills and religious training and background also earned him years of success in Puerto Rico. He then returned to the U.S. to marry and raise a family. Pete earned a master’s degree in English and was a dedicated teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal for more than 20 years in various New York City public high schools. Pete enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and all things culinary. His travels also included Belgium and Italy. He purchased a house in Cape Cod, which is still a favorite family spot.
Pete is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, Gerard and Stephen; daughter, Annemarie; and grandchildren Kyle, 18, and James, 3. The evening before his death, his wife, daughter, and son Gerard spoke to him and prayed with him, letting him know how much he was loved and appreciated. Memorial services were held Sept. 4.