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“The Colyer family extends their condolences..We have known Pete more than 40 years..The children grew up with many parties and Irish music.As the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jane Colyer - Bradenton, FL

“Dear Flit, Sorry to read about Peter's passing. Neal and I send our sympathies. He led a remarkable life. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Dana Berntson - Kinderhook, NY

“To Flit and all of your family, my deepest sympathies on losing Pete. He sounds like a fascinating man with a wide world of interests. His...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Wick - Northfield, IL

“Whether it was writing the erudite liner notes for a friend's album (the Adirondack traditional singer Lawrence Older, recorded by Folk-Legacy...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: George Ward - Rexford, NY

“Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Flit. Although we only met Peter once, looking at the photographs from 1967 confirm that he was just...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Nicholas E. Tishler - Niskayuna, NY

“it was a privilege working with peter on the ustart b.o.d.-a bright, caring true gentleman who will be missed. my condolences to his family ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: edward cummings jr - schenectady, NY

“May Pete rest peacefully Flit. I am so sorry for your loss and will be here to support you any way I can. Ann ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Ann Purchase - Delmar, NY

“Sorry to hear of your dear husband's passing... May his memory be a blessing to you Flit, & your family. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: val schultz - friend

Playing music this past September “We always enjoyed Uncle Pete's music and his dry sense of humor. He will be missed but not forgotten. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Matt, Christy, and Anthony - NY

“Fond memories of all those Monday nights and time together playing.Flit, wish you the very best in your loss. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Jenkins - rensselaer, NY

“Dear Flit and FamilyMy sincere condolances to you and Peter's family Peace be with you all ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Rowinski - Albany, NY

“Paul-- I am very sorry to hear your brother has passed on. I beleuve I meet him ones in you DOT Office. I hope you and Cathy are doin well--Ron...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ron Pawkett

“My memories of Pete go back to our youth when we shared our struggles trying to master getting our BS degrees in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering at...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: John W. Cowand, Jr. - Wilmington, NC

“I love you, Uncle Pete. I have so many wonderful memories of summer trips to your home: the loads of food, outdoor games, the "Initial Game" and...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Littman - niece


Peter E. McElligott, 77, passed away peacefully at Ellis Hospital on March 4, 2013. He was born in New York City in 1935 to Edward and Elizabeth McElligott, of Vestal NY. He received his B.S in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State in 1957, and his M.S and Ph.D. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961 and 1966 respectively.

Pete retired from a long career as a physicist, physical chemist and manager at the GE Research and Development Center in 1993. After his "official" retirement, he went on to support a number of small high tech start up businesses at the U-Start Business Incubator at Union College.

Pete maintained a life-long passion for music, and he had reportedly been seen in public playing guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer and concertina (although he never made much money at it). His other passions have included woodworking, competitive handgun shooting, photography and model ships.

Pete is survived by his wife Flit McElligott of Niskayuna NY, brother Paul and Kathy McElligott of Colonie NY, sister Katherine Anderson of Pittsburgh PA, and sons Brian and Denis McElligott of the Washington DC area. He is also survived by his grandchildren Caitlyn and Christopher McElligott, nephews Matthew McElligott & Mark Anderson, nieces Jennifer Littman, Isabelle Kingsley and Kim & Kay Hughes. Pete was predeceased by his brothers in law Robert Anderson & Edward Hughes, and sister in law Isabelle Gijanto.

A viewing will be held at the Jones Funeral Home (1503 Union St Schenectady NY 12309) from 4-8PM on Thursday march 7 2013. The funeral will be held on Friday March 8 at 10AM at the same location, followed by internment at Evergreen Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WAMC-FM (wamc.org) or WMHT-FM (wmht.org) or the Animal Protective Foundation (www.animalprotective.org)