Peter Patrick Cefalu, born on February 25, 1948 in West Allis Wisconsin, died unexpectedly and went to the great speed skating oval in the sky on April 27, 2020. Loyal husband to Deborah. Proud father of Amanda (Peter) and Marc. Fun and loving grandfather to Isabella and Salvatore.
Pete started speedskating at a very young age. He joined the West Allis Speed Skating Club and was coached by Lyle LeBombard, who was a treasured friend and mentor. During his skating career he won six National Outdoor and one National Indoor Championships. He also set nine National Outdoor and two National Indoor records. Pete was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1986.
He was a teacher, trucker, unionist, proud member of Teamsters Local 344 and Local 200. Pete worked tirelessly for his fellow union members and retirees. A significant part of his life was his support of unions and working people. Pete helped create the Wisconsin-Milwaukee SE Committee to Protect Pensions, a group he enjoyed meeting with regularly. He traveled to Washington D.C. multiple times to lobby on their behalf and promote the cause of retirement security. Pete was a grassroots political activist and regularly contributed his time and effort to door-to-door canvassing, Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and canvass training. Peter cared about people and fought for equality and justice. And most recently, he was extremely proud to work as a medical courier at MedSpeed supporting the integral work of our health care system.
Pete was a fun guy to be around. He was a dedicated Wisconsin sports fan, always ready to watch a game. He always had a joke to tell, good or bad. You could not drive a few blocks with Pete without hearing him talk about every Ford Mustang along the way and whether or not it had a V-8 engine. He also loved boating and always had a great story about the Muskie he almost caught. He will be missed dearly.
Pete is also survived by additional family members and many dear friends. Predeceased by his parents, Sam and Rose Cefalu of West Allis. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the ACLU, or a charity of your choice. His family will host a celebration of Pete’s life later this year.