Peter Wesley Oliver Jr.

Peter Wesley Oliver Jr.

Peter Wesley Oliver Jr.

ALTAMONT — Peter Wesley Oliver Jr., a Marine who worked on highways and farmed, died, after a brief illness, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, with his wife of over 60 years by his side. He was 83.

“Pete, as he was affectionately known to many, was a proud man and lived his life on his own terms,” his family wrote in a tribute.

He was born in Knox on Dec. 20, 1938 to Peter Sr. and Ora Oliver, the youngest of their three children, all residing in Knox. After school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, then held a number of jobs, including with the Albany County Highway Department and the New York State Thruway Authority from which he retired in 1986.  

He was an active member of the Knox Plank Roaders.

Mr. Oliver moved to Altamont in 1980 with his wife and two sons to create a successful working farm they lovingly named Spring Meadow Farm. “Many years were spent boarding horses and making hay, and lots of it, employing many local friends and family working alongside him,” his family wrote.

He actively met at the Altamont Legion for Tuesday night dinners and card playing.  

“One of Pete’s favorite things to do was go for rides, visiting everyone, and of course eating ice cream,” the tribute said. “He loved popping in on all of his grandkids, and they loved seeing their PaPa. He had a smile and a comment for everyone.

“Pete will be missed by all who knew him.”

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Peter Wesley Oliver Jr. is survived by his wife, Georgiana, lovingly known as Mickey; by his two sons, Steve and his wife, Leah, and Paul and his wife, Theresa; by his grandkids, who were his pride and joy, Heather, Meghan, Katelin, Lucas, Hannah, Dave, Preston — and their spouses; by his 16 great-grandkids; by his sister, Helen Quay of Knox; and by his many nieces and nephews.

His mother and father, Peter Sr. and Ora Oliver, died before him, as did his brother Walter (John) Oliver.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home at 199 Main Street in Altamont. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at the Knox Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Albany County Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY  12205.

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