Peter N. Renzi, who lived in East Sandwich for many years, died November 9 at JML Care Center in Falmouth. He was 94.
He was the husband of Rosemary (D’Aloia) Renzi. The couple married in May 1951 at the St. Ursula Church in Mount Vernon, New York. His wife died in July 2015.
Born in the Bronx, New York, he was the eldest son of Albert and Mary Renzi.
He graduated with degrees in mechanical engineering, earning a bachelor’s from the College of the City of New York and a master’s from Columbia University. Being the first in the Renzi family to graduate from college he brought a great sense of pride to his father, mother and the rest of the family.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Navy aboard the USS Massachusetts, achieving the rank of Seaman 1st Class.
Mr. Renzi had a career in engineering that spanned 40 years. He was a teacher at the Fort Schyler Maritime Academy and at the College of the City of New York. His industrial career included managerial and research responsibilities at American Standard Corporation, Rockwell Corporation and ECA Corporation. His contributions to the advancement of consumer plumbing products, sophisticated industrial valves and flame deflectors used in the solid rocket propulsion launching systems were heralded as significant advancements in each of those fields. At the age of 90, he was awarded a patent on the subject of flame deflectors for rockets.
Although Mr. Renzi was a contributor of note in the industrial fields in which he worked he was most proud of his ability to be a teacher and mentor to his associates. He also spent considerable time with his grandson, Jeffrey McQuillan, sharing knowledge and patience that was instrumental in his grandson’s later achievements in advanced engineering fields.
In addition to his grandson, he leaves his son, Peter A. Renzi; his daughter, Lynette Stellrecht and her husband, George Stellrecht; and a brother, Nicholas Renzi.
A funeral service was Wednesday, November 17, at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Sandwich.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.