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Peter J. Solari, 94

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Peter "Pete" Joseph Solari, 94, of 7 Ivory Street, North Adams, died Sunday April 25, 2021, at home. Born in North Adams on May 10, 1926, he was the son of Ernest and Severina (Buletti) Solari. He attended North Adams schools and graduated from Drury High School. He worked briefly at the former Sprague Electric before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 5, 1944. He served in the South Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Rockbridge during World War II until his honorable discharge on June 5, 1946. After returning home, he was employed by Arnold Print Works and later General Electric Power Transforming Division in Pittsfield for over thirty-five years until his retirement in 1988. He was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church and St. Elizabeth of Hungary in North Adams. He was a lifelong member of VFW Post 996 in North Adams. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his two dear cousins Fred Solari of Adams and Peter Solari of Waldwick, NJ. We will miss his colorful stories of his life as the son of Swiss immigrants and his service during World War II.

His wife, the former Jane Ann Delisle, died March 14, 2010. They were married on July 21, 1956, in the former Notre Dame du Sacre Church in North Adams. He leaves four daughters; Lynn Nelson of North Adams, Anne Douglas and her husband Glen of Castro Valley, CA, Kathleen Auerbach and her husband Louis of Belmont, and Melissa Pehlert and her husband Craig of Lenox; seven grandchildren, Sarah Maher and her husband Samir of Lanesboro, Seth Nelson and his wife Kate of East Montpelier, VT, Jake Douglas, Caroline Douglas, Jessica Auerbach, Rosemary Pehlert, and Julie Pehlert; and four great-grandchildren; Max and Owen Maher and Jack and Liam Nelson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his beloved son-in-law Stephen Nelson and his four siblings; Armand Solari, Lena Calvano, Alfred Solari, and Rita Lemanski.

He also leaves his longtime caregiver, neighbor, and dear friend, Heather Tooley Durocher, for whom we are eternally grateful.

Services are private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Berkshires or VFW Post 996 in c/o Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapel, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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from: Joe cainon: 05-03-2021

Our sympathy goes out to your family, We will miss seeing Pete at SST sharing his stories and laughs. He was a great guy and will be missed Sincerely, Bob and Linda Cellana
from: Bob and Linda Cellana on: 05-03-2021

He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. My sympathies to the family.
from: Larry Tafton: 05-03-2021

Lynn, Anne and family, I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. My condolences!
Sincerely, Paula
from: Paula Wright LaBonteon: 04-29-2021

My deepest sympathies, he truely was a kind gentlemen. He would light up talking about his family. In my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Pete
from: Nancy Goss O'Brienon: 04-29-2021

To all the Solari family, My deepest condolences on the loss of Pete. My family and I knew Pete from my Mom's side, his neighbors/friends on Lyman St., the Pasotti s whom he had great friendships/cherished moments with, since his childhood up in that neighborhood. He was a very kind /gracious/knowledgably man who I also enjoyed chatting with about those many cherished historical times with them, along with personal gardening /making polenta tips among others too ,with me ..Bill Galli
from: Bill Gallion: 04-29-2021

I'm so very sad to hear of Pete's passing, he was such a wonderful man with the best stories, he was a true Gem! I'm so sorry Lynn, Anne, Kathy and Missy, he thought the world of you, his face lit right up when he talked about you. My deepest sympathy.
from: Annette Guerinoon: 04-28-2021

My sincere sympathy to the Solari Family on the loss of Pete. He was a long time Friend and Neighbor of my Aunt and Uncles, The Pasotti's, on Lyman Street. He stopped to talk with me when I was cleaning out my Uncle's house. They thought the world of him! My Aunt Rosie used to call him Petie! Sincerely, Nancy Galli Shartrand
from: Nancy Shartrandon: 04-28-2021

I my deepest sympathy to all the families. I certainly will miss seeing him, at the family functions, and talking with him.
from: Christina ameen maheron: 04-28-2021