Cofrancesco, Peter J. III

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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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