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Obituary of Terry J. Principe
Terry J. Principe
BATH - Terry died suddenly at the age of 61 on June 17, 2018. Predeceased by his parents, Nick & Virginia Principe; brother, Nicky Principe. Terry is survived by his brothers, Richard J. (LuAnn) Principe & Randy J. (Laurie) Principe; nieces, Valerie Principe, Julie (Gregory) Sexton & Nicole (Robert) Jackson, nephew, Anthony Principe; special friends, Bill & Tracy Pellicano, Shelly Russell.
Terry was the managing partner of Pelican Point Marina on Canandaigua Lake. Among his passions were family gatherings, football at his alma mater, St. John Fisher College and hunting. Visit www. bartolomeo.com for details and to learn more of Terry’s extraordinary life.
Terry’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 AM on Saturday, July 14th at the St. Lawrence Church, 1000 North Greece Rd. Interment was held in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a gift in memory of Terry to the St. John Fisher football team. Donations can be made online (alumni.sjfc.edu/principe) or emailed to the office of Institutional Advancement, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618.
Terry was the third of four sons born to Nick and Virginia Principe in Rochester, N.Y. . He grew up in Northeast Rochester and attended #50 school. He excelled at academics at every level but particularly at #50 where he was selected as the top male student in the 7th grade, leading to the honor of being named Standard Bearer. It's probably where he first developed a love for our great American Flag and the country it represents. He also pedaled the Times Union as a newspaper carrier.
Terry went on to attend Bishop Kearney HS, again establishing himself as a born leader and loved by all who knew him. He served as class treasurer and eventually Class President. From there, he moved on to St. John Fisher College. He developed many life-long friendships, centered mainly on his involvement with club football. He served as team manager and played on the offensive line. His walk-on status was irrelevant because Terry distinguished himself with National All American mention.
With an accounting degree in hand, Terry went on to a varied professional career beginning with NCR, and progressing through the labeling business at Monarch Marking and Intermec. Along the way he was a recruiter for Worldco, too, in Philadelphia. He ended his professional career as the managing partner of Pelican Point Marina on Canandaigua Lake the last 12 years of his life where he made countless friends due in large part to his Signature Subs and exceptional service.
Terry never had children of his own but certainly loved kids. He was the ever-willing "horsie" for nieces Valerie, Julie, Nicole and nephew , Anthony, whenever the family gathered at Mom and Dad's house. Later, his expansive rural retreat in the mountain wilderness of Kanona, N.Y. proved to be the perfect playground for any kids visiting "T" with their parents as the many trails, pond and accompanying wildlife fascinated one and all. Terry loved animals, dogs in particular and he liked his canines LARGE! Cybil, Brutus and Gunner were massive pets in various mixes of Rottweiler, Labrador and Shepherd.
Like the rest of the Principe's, Terry didn't eat to live; no, he lived to eat! An outstanding cook, he had his specialties, not the least of which was his artichoke salad that he graciously brought to every family gathering.
Terry had his hobbies, which at times bordered on addictions. Whether he was collecting Santa Claus figurines, antique duck decoys, tobacco tins, sports memorabilia, car license plates or firearms, he did so with a passion rarely seen.
Terry liked golf and followed it avidly in his later years. He always looked forward to golf trips with his buddies, primarily because he loved taking their money as he always played well above his handicap on those excursions!
Terry suffered with the rest of Western NY as a die hard Buffalo Bills fan. His bigger love though was for St John Fisher football. He helped collect $1,000's in donations for the Cardinals and he could not have been prouder at the accomplishments of the program from club days to competing for a national title, due in no small part to his fund raising support on the campus.
Terry's outlook on life and everything he tackled may best be described as such:
Anything worth doing is worth doing at 90mph and 24/7 until you're completely bored of the passion ...or out of cash!