Francis E. ‘ Cheech ‘ Pettigrass, 89 of Hamilton Ave., Auburn passed away peacefully Saturday October 19,2019 at the Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fairport.
He was a life resident of Auburn the son of the late Nicholas and Michelena Pettigrass . ‘ Cheech’ as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was a veteran during the Korean War having served our country honorably in the Army. He received several medals while in the military including the prestigious Bronze Star. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church . Prior to his retirement, Cheech had been employed for more than 45 years by the former J.M.P. Construction Company and later worked for the City of Auburn as a heavy equipment specialist . He was an avid sports fan and especially loved to follow the New York Yankees baseball and NY Giants football , teams. Francis enjoyed running and competed in numerous road races , well into his seventies in which he won most of his races for his age group.
He is survived by his three children, son Mark ( Nancy McKay) Pettigrass of N.Chili, two daughters Jacqueline Short of San Diego, CA and Francine Connors of Mesa, AZ., David ( Christine) Morse, Holly, Paul and Jennifer Short, Michael Connors, a great- granddaughter Madison Morse, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents he was also predeceased by his wife Norma( DeLuise ) Pettigrass in 2016, a son Nick Pettigrass in 2012 , sister Josephine Ferlenda, brothers Peter and Leonard Pettigrass and sons- in law John Connors and Rick Short.
A calling hour will be held this Friday morning from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in the Pettigrass Funeral Home , 196 Genesee St., with his Mass of Christian burial to follow the calling hour Friday at 11:00 am in St. Mary’s Church . Entombment will follow in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, where military honors will be accorded.
Contributions may be made in Francis’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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