Gouverneur - Peter M. Hilts, 71, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Gouverneur Hospital.
Peter was born July 28, 1943 in Gouverneur, the son of Robert and Glenrose Calnon Hilts. He graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1961. Pete married Patricia J. Rumble on July 17, 1965 at St. James Church in Gouverneur with Fr. Bailey officiating.
Pete was an assistant manager at P&C Foods for 5 years before opening Pete's "Big M" Supermarket in Gouverneur. He retired from the store in 1998.
He lived in Gouverneur all his life and enjoyed golf, hunting, and fishing. Pete was a member of the Gouverneur Country Club, Gouverneur Elks Lodge, Pine Tree Club, and Spotted Deer Hunting Club.
Pete is survived by his wife, Pat; three daughters, Heather and Clark Burdick of Silver Springs, MD, Hedy and Terry Collins of Knoxville, TN and Holly and Matthew Bishop of Gouverneur; five grandsons; three brothers, Timothy and Mary Hilts, Tom and LuAnn Hilts, and Sandy and Nona Hilts, all of Gouverneur; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Patrick Hilts.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 8th at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Rocker officiating and burial in Old St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Calling hours are Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. James School, 164 E. Main Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.