Memorial services for Peter Van Longshore, 65, of Madrid, will be held Saturday (December 18, 2010) at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam with Rev. Dr. D. Richard Will officiating. Interment will be held at a later date with Full Military Honors in Evergreen Cemetery, Canton. Peter died December 15, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vt. Peter was born August 12, 1945 to Willard Merton Joyce Elizabeth Carton Longshore in Massena. He attended Massena Central School where he lettered in track and wrestling. Peter later graduated from Madrid-Waddington Central School with the Class of 1964. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of Tech Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge. Peter once proudly refueled Air Force One for then President Johnson. After performing the service he was rewarded with the opportunity to shake the hand of his Commander in Chief.
After discharge Peter worked for Bailey, Banks and Biddle, and later Kraft Inc., before becoming disabled. He was an accomplished woodworker. Peter specialized in the restoration of antique furniture. Peter was an incredible musician who wrote, performed, and recorded original music. His “Ballad of Noah John Rondeau”, and “The Heartbreak Hall of Fame” were two of his favorites.
He is survived by a daughter, Ruth Scher Billski of Pennsylvania; his mother Joyce Longshore of Madrid; his lifelong friend, Wayne Whiston, of Madrid; brothers Willard, of Madrid, Richard and his wife Patricia of Fanwood, New Jersey, David and his wife Carol Ann of Lisbon,Terrance, also of Madrid, and Thomas and his wife Barbara A.Baker of Parishville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Peter was pre-deceased by a brother, Timothy.
He was an avid history buff enjoyed war re-enactments. Peter was proud to be a direct descendent of Soloman Longshore, who fought in the Revolutionary War in the battle of Oriskany.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Madrid Volunteer Rescue Squad, Potsdam Humane Society or Charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com.