Peter Giancola, MSJ Community Leader and Supporter 07/27/66 ~ 03/06/20 (This article appeared in the MSJ April Easter Monday Email Newsletter)
Peter Giancola was a man of many gifts and talents, and he offered his gifts to his community in many ways. Some remember him as a wonderful musician, some as a knowledgeable engineer, and some as an active, engaged and generous community member. His family misses a dedicated and loving son, brother and father. For the Christ the King and MSJ Community, we have lost a dedicated alumnus, parent, and leader. Peter was the son of Joseph and Barbara Giancola, both MSJ graduates, he attended Christ the King School and graduated from MSJ in 1984. After being away at college and in early engineering jobs in Massachusetts, Peter returned to Rutland and worked for the family businesses. He and Kelly had four children, Grace, Gabriella, Mollie, and Joey, who all attended Christ the King School and MSJ. Peter was the Chair of the Rutland Catholic Schools Board, then became Board Chair of MSJ in later years. In his role as President of these two School Boards, Peter provided the leadership and vision that was needed to maintain the excellent Catholic education offered by both schools. He was responsible for overseeing the infrastructure and support that was needed at a time when there were both enrollment and funding challenges. He and the Giancola Family provided many in-kind services and repairs to the buildings and care of the facilities. He believed in the well- rounded and faith-based education that Christ the King School and MSJ offers and worked hard to ensure its future. Pete was a man of strong faith, and had a wonderful, positive outlook on life. He battled brain cancer for over ten years, but always had an upbeat greeting and a big smile. The CKS and MSJ Communities have lost a tremendous supporter, and we grieve his loss. Please remember Peter and his family in your prayers.