Peter Tejada

Obituary of Peter Antonio Tejada

Peter Antonio Tejada, a former audio/video engineer for Monticello Raceway, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, December 4, 2020.


Peter loved to laugh.  When he entered a room, he brought with him a positive energy that filled the room with an expectation of Joy and smiles.  Never boring, he had a deep love for people, music, dancing, movies, games, good food and the outdoors.  He was a man full of jokes and card tricks.  We will think of him whenever we try to solve riddles or sit down to work on a jigsaw puzzle. No one could tell a story like Pete. He would captivate his audience with details and laughter.  Known to many as “TV Pete” he was a wizard with repairing electronics, computers and cars and spent much of his free time doing just that.  Above all, he loved his children and grandchildren and always spoke highly of them.  His friends are numerous and his love for God continued to grow stronger. Whether you called him Dad, Grandpa, Gumpa, Papa Peter, Great Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, Significant other, Best friend, Soulmate, or TV Pete, we have so much to remember.  Full of fun and full of kindness for others, he leaves all of us with amazing and beautiful memories.


Ecclesiastes 2:24 says [There is] nothing better for a man, that he should eat and drink, and he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it [was] from the hand of God.


The son of the late Dhimas Maria Paula and Maria Dolores Tejada, he was born June 29, 1950 in the Dominican Republic.


He is survived by his companion, Brenda Nelson; his children: Traci Porter, Miguel Cruz & his wife Melonie, Eve Cruz, Amanda Tejada and her mother Marie Davall; his grandchildren which he raised Brianna Cruz and Marie Cruz, many stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his siblings: Aida Maria Tejada, Claudio Maria Tejada and Josefa Corsino Tejada; and his lifelong best friend, Ishmael “Mikey” Trinidad.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter Marlene Honey Cruz.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 8th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.  Due to the current health crisis, social distancing guidelines must be met - a limited number of people at one time will be allowed in the funeral home, and facemasks are required. 


Memorial contributions can be made to Miguel Cruz.


Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit

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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
VanInwegen Kenny Funeral Home
401 Broadway
Monticello, New York, United States
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