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 Cofrancesco, Peter J. III
Died: 08/01/2017
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Cofrancesco, Peter J. III

               Cofrancesco, Peter J. III age 46 of Sparta, NJ passed away peacefully Monday August 1, 2017 at the Morristown Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Paterson, NJ, Peter has resided most of his life in Sparta Twp.  

               A graduate of the Pope John XXIII Regional High School Class of 1989, Peter had also attended the Delaware Valley University as well as receiving his Honorary Doctorate from Centenary University. Owner of the Grinnell Companies of Sparta, Peter was a dedicated member and Past President of the American Quarter Horse Association where in March 2017 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. A leading exhibitor with the AQHA he was the World Champion eighteen times as well as a record holder.

               Mr. Cofrancesco was the youngest and longest standing member of the NJ Horse Racing Commission. He was also a member and past President of the NJ Quarter Horse Association as well as Past President of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association in 1990. In addition Peter was a founding member of the World Confirmation Horse Association.

               In his youth, he enjoyed playing football and Wrestling for both Pope John High School and Sparta Elementary School. A former Board member for both the Newton Memorial Hospital and the Sussex County Community College Foundation, Peter was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend to many. He was an ardent supporter of his children’s activities and sports teams as well as a generous philanthropist through the community. Mr. Cofrancesco will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

               Pre deceased by his father Peter J. Jr. in 2001, his maternal grandparents Nicholas and Margaret Fierro, his paternal grandparents Peter and Florence Cofrancesco. Peter is survived in life by his beloved wife Carmen (Welker), his daughters Ireland and Emma, his son Peter IV, his loving mother Peggy of Sparta, his sister Daria and her husband Ron Koester of Sparta, his brothers Jason of Sparta and Jarrod and his wife Roey of Ogdensburg. Also surviving are his many aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

               Visitation will be held Monday August 7th, 2017 from 2 to 8 PM in the Our Lady of the Lake RC Church #294 Sparta Ave. Sparta, NJ. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church Tuesday Aug, 8th at 10 AM, immediately followed by interment in the St. Thomas of Aquin RC Cemetery #53 Kennedy Ave. Ogdensburg, NJ. In lieu of flowers memorials in Peter’s memory may be made to the Pope John Angel’s Fund #28 Andover Rd. Sparta, NJ 07871. 
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We were shocked and saddened when we were told last night of peter's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carmen, the children, Peggy and the boys. We are so very, very sorry.
bill and shawn vacca
Although I did not know Peter personally ,I was so saddened by this passing and said many Prayers when I heard he was ill. Such an Upstanding, Selfless young man and Beautiful Family Man. I once had a FB conversation with him about horses. I said We all had a disease I call Equineitis,that nothing can cure it,not an empty wallet,or loss of time, nothing can come between our Love of Our Horses etc. He told me he loved that so much and asked me if he could could use that in his speeches ,I said sure because one day we ,All of Us, devoted Horse Lovers will all succumb to Equineitis. Peter I salute you and we will all miss you,but we will All be with You someday My Prayers and Thoughts to Your Wife Carmen, and Your Children
Mimi Combel
Peggy, Jarrod, Jason, and John, Please accept my condolences for another untimely family passing, especially in view of Peter's new family since I knew him. I know you will "keep the chins up" as the passage of time begins to ease the pain. Mason
Mason Ford
I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from the words of our Heavenly Father, JehovahGod, found in 2 Corinthains 1:3,4 and remember the hope we have in the fulfillment of His promise in Acts 24:15 of the resurrection. With my sincere and deepest condolences.
Carmen, Ireland,Peter and Emma, I am so sorry to hear about Peter's untimely death. He was a wonderful man. Im glad I came into Ron's life when I did so I got to know Peter and the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Warm hugs for you all.. You have another Angel watching over you.. Love, Beverly and family..
Beverly Mulhall

Loretta Nichols

Loretta Nichols
Carmen and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Peter was a wonderful man. Loretta Nichols
Loretta Nichols
My heart is broken to hear of Peter's passing. Peter, you are a generous and loving soul. I was blessed to have you in my life. I think of you often and with the fondest of memories. May God keep you and hold you. My thoughts and prayers are with Carmen, Ireland, Peter, and Emma, Peggy, Jason, Jarrod and Daria. May you find comfort in each other. Love, Lisa and family.
Lisa Winters
Dear Cofrancesco Family, I am so sorry about the passing of Peter. He was an amazing human being with a heart of gold for his friends and family. I have so many memories between showing Quarter Horses and going to high school together and cheering for him during his wrestling matches. Listening to my mom and Peggy screaming for him and watching Peggy hide her face while he wrestled. He will sorely be missed as a friend, son, brother, father, husband, and a true horseman. He is with his dad watching over all of us. Heaven has another angel. God bless you Peter. You are truly loved.
Leann Snyder Rodriguez
I haven't known the Cofrancesco family long, but it only takes a moment to be struck in awe of and touched by their kindness and lovingness as a family. My heart aches for you, Carmen, and for all of Peter's family. Sending you sympathy, prayers, and love. Hoping God's grace and your lifetime of beautiful and wonderful memories of Peter will serve as comfort to you at this truly sorrowful time. It is very clear that Peter's inspiring works and vast achievements will live on and he will be remembered, appreciated, loved and missed always.
Shelley Zambardi
Dear Peggy, Carmen, Peter Ireland Emma, Jason, Jarod Daria words can not express the sadness my family feels for your family at hearing about Peter passing. I always remember seeing Peter as a child playing down by the barn. He was so enthused with the horses. We will pray for you all at this time. "Sorrow is not forever, love is". God bless Peter and give his loving family comfort and peace Walter and Diane veit and family
Diane Veit
Dearest Peggy and family On behalf of the yoga community at the YMCA we all express our deepest sympathy We are so sorry for the loss of Peter a son a husband and brother and uncle and father Our hearts break along with yours Namaste Karen Oakes Yoga teacher YMCA
Karen Oakes
Dear Carmen and family, I know your heart is aching as is ours! You know him as the kind and wonderful caring father and husband. We remember him as the first to greet us at Tulsa at the Yourh World Show. The young man who always had a smile and a "good luck" for all of us. No matter where we came from he always made us feel glad we were together and that he was happy to see us. He always gave of himself for the greater good of all. He guided us as youth president and then later as the AQHA president. He taught us to be gracious losers and humble winners. He holds a special place in our hearts and we know that heaven has gained a mighty angel! May God be with you and care for you! Your loving friends, Ray, Marilyn, Erin and Matt Randall
Marilyn Randall
To the Cofrancesco Family, Sorry for your loss. We celebrate the life of a good man. Though he is physically gone his memories are forever and may you find peace in the knowledge that he loved his family and friends. Treasure every memory, and we express our deepest condolences.
John James and Mykole Tate
To the Confrancesco family: The Jones family would like to send our deepest and dearest condolences to the entire family. God makes no mistakes! Cherish all the great memories you all have created with Peter. He may be gone from the present, but his memories will live on forever. We will continue to pray for the family and friends strength through this most difficult time. Thomas, Heidi, Thomas, and Terrance Jones #37
Heidi Walker Jones
Our entire membership morns your loss and remembers well the support that you gave our organization. We will hold you in fond memories and offer our services to the entire Cofrancesco family in whatever we can do to lessen your loss. Please accept our condolences. The Sparta Chapter of UNICO National.
Ray Shupak, President UNICO
Dear Cofrancesco family, we are so saddened by the news of Peter's passing, and our heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family. We hope the memories you have of happy times you all shared can help ease your loss and bring comfort to you now. We will pray for your family during this most difficult time.
Beth and Will Squier, and family
Carmen and family. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. I just read about it tonight and was so shocked. I can't imagine how all of you are feeling and I pray God will ease the sadness you are feeling right now. If there is something we can do, please contact me. On behalf of all in the Galbraith family, our condolences.
Teresa Galbraith
Peggy, So sorry for your loss and for the loss to your family, especially his young children and wife. My thoughts are with all of you.
Mary Konzelmann
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