Peter's Story

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Peter G. McKown, 65, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, in the house that he built from the ground up.
He leaves behind his wife of 37 years of marriage, Esther (Smith) McKown; his daughter, Melissa McKown and her partner; his son, Michael McKown and wife Heather; his sister, Fran (McKown) Wilhelmson and husband Eric; his brother, John McKown and wife Debbie; brothers Thomas McKown and Philip McKown; sister-in-law Marion Smith and brother-in-law William Smith; many nieces and nephews and two grandchildren who were able to make him smile at times when nobody else could, Madison (Maddie) McKown and Brayden McKown.
Pete was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Marge (Helms) McKown, mother and father-in-law, William and Luella (Hughes) Smith and brother-in-law, Allen Smith.
Pete was born in Ticonderoga Hospital on May 19, 1951. He grew up and lived his life with his family in the Town of Moriah. Pete was employed at International Paper for 43 years. He co-owned a hunting camp in North Hudson with his buddies and was an avid hunter and fisher. He was also a volunteer fire fighter for the Town of Moriah for many years. He enjoyed country music (not the new stuff, the older good stuff) and he was the guy who waved to everyone when he drove around town in his truck. Pete was knowledgeable about many different things in life and could tell you anything you wanted to know about history.
Pete taught Melissa to drive in, what was, the field next to their house. He helped Mike build a go-cart that all the kids enjoyed racing around. Every time he talked with Melissa (once it was legal for her to drive) he would remind her to drive slow but I think that is because he remembers that he is the one who taught her how to drive! Mike followed in his father's footsteps and enjoys hunting, fishing, history and can put together anything you need him to. Pete, more so known as Grampy these past four years, was one of the best Grandfathers a kid could ask for. A Hershey Bar will never just be a Hershey Bar and the bond and love that he shared with Maddie will always be strong. The love in his eyes when he held Braydon will be something we will be able to share with him when he is older and able to hear the stories about the love his Granpy had for him. This is only a few of the memories we will treasure about a man who was a Husband, Father, Grandfather and so much more.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at the Harland Funeral Home in Port Henry. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 20, at St. Patrick's Church in Port Henry. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Town of Moriah Ambulance Squad. To leave condolences for the family please visit www.harlandfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 18, 2017
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