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Peter J. Kelleher, active in Community Peace Garden in Tonawanda

Aug. 29, 1971 – July 10, 2016

Peter J. Kelleher, of the City of Tonawanda, died July 10 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after an illness of several months. He was 44.

Born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Kelleher attended high school in Eastchester and came to Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo. He majored in English, graduating in 1994. He returned to Western New York approximately three years ago to be near his girlfriend, Michelle Trimper.

Kelleher was an avid gardener and lent his talents generously to his neighborhood, assisting in the Community Peace Garden next to Stamps Bar on Main Street in the City of Tonawanda. He was a member of the Inner Guard of the Elks, a group he joined impulsively one night after stopping in one snowy night to check out karaoke.

He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Getzville but also frequently attended St. Francis Church in Tonawanda.

Trimper emphasized how much Kelleher enjoyed the ambiance of his adopted hometown. He loved listening to local bands and walking and biking in Niawanda Park.

“He could take an ordinary moment and turn it into something so beautiful,” she said.

Their puppy, a big Labrador named KD, was featured in April in a prominent Buffalo News Home and Garden story about first-time pet owners.

Until he became ill, Kelleher was employed by BXI, where he was a computer technician.

He is survived by Trimper as well as his parents, Helen and Peter; two brothers, John and Dennis; and a sister, Mary Ellen.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 18 in Eastchester.

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