ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Peter Crego, 80 years old, born on May 11, 1941, and passed away on November 20, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Kim Crego on December 4, 2021
Peter was a wonderful man, father-in-law and Grandpa. We are fortunate to have so many great memories. He will be very missed. My thoughts are with you Chris, Heather and Geoff.
Posted by Cara Gordon Potter on December 3, 2021
When I think of Peter, I smile. He always seemed so happy to see me. He was inclusive, warm-hearted, and caring--as so many have already shared. When I'm with Chris, I will feel his absence.
Posted by Lela Gahwiler on December 3, 2021
How our hearts are broken at the passing of Peter..perfect Peter.
We met Peter when he was rather new in the Kankakee area. He was raising 2 bright and charming teenagers, Heather and Jeff. We grew to love them all..often through encounters in Leon's dental office.
When Peter and Chris, Lela's dear friend, began dating, all her friends knew they were perfect together. They married and Peter was instantly a treasured friend to all Chris' family and friends.
We recall many wonderful social ocassions together, at our home or theirs.
When Cregos began wintering in SW Fl, we were close by in our new year round home. What a joy to again have the pleasure of joyful times spent together.
We thank God for the years of this great friendship with Peter. We will miss his smile and charming ways.
Our love and sympathy goes out to Chris and all the family.
C hris, keep smiling with the the grand memories of this dear man who loved you so well. We know he greatly appreciated your love and care in the rough sick years just finished. We are as near as your phone if we can help.  Love you ...and Perfect Peter.
Posted by Heather Heckman on December 2, 2021
If you would like to make a memorial donation in honor of my father, please donate to the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra at:

https://www.kvso.org/product/donate/

Posted by Kay Green on November 30, 2021
When I think of Peter, I think of someone who was always congenial and ready to lend a helping hand. Gourmet Club allowed us to share many memorable evenings as well as delicious meals over the years including some fun-filled days on a couple of Caribbean cruises. Don and I always enjoyed being in Peter’s company. There is no question he was one of the good guys who will be dearly missed by all of us who knew him.
Posted by Allan Dennis on November 30, 2021
Peter was a great friend and colleague. He would do anything to help me and was always there to talk with and share experiences with. I looked forward to being with him. I only wish I would have had more time to be with him. Thinking of you, Chris!
Posted by Sandra Hodgdon on November 29, 2021
It has been a tough week, a lot of tears and now I can finally share. I lost my American dad last Saturday. This is how I always call Peter. When I was 16 years old I moved with Peter and his family for a year from France to Illinois. The next year I went back for the whole summer. Then kept going back for vacations . When I was dating Matt (my husband) we flew to Chicago for him to meet Peter and Chris. Peter always treated me like a daughter. I always felt safe, loved and knew he would always show-up at the airport even with 2 days notice .
My friends were always welcome to the Cregos and everyone loved being at the Cregos’ house.
Through my adults years Peter and Chris were there, cruising with me in the baltic, at our wedding, visiting us few times at our place in FL and meeting our first Baby Boy.
More important Peter was an incredible exemple in my teenage years. He had so much integrity and a big heart. He is the one that made me realize that actions were so much more important then words. He volonteered so much to help people that were less fortunate through an organization and took me along to fix, clean, paint people houses that could not afford much.
I have only incredible memories of Peter. I do feel so grateful he was in my life but extremely sad he left us . RIP Peter ❤️.
Posted by Christine Crego on November 28, 2021
I always would tell my friends how Peter was always helping me, cleaning up after a dinner party, always thoughtful. even helping with the cooking. I asked him just one time for a favor and it was done—not just the first years we were married but after 20 years too! So some of the friends began to call him “Perfect Peter” The name stuck because it was just so true!

Peter always said "a happy wife makes a happy life."
Posted by Heather Heckman on November 23, 2021
To honor my dad’s memory, please fill your bird feeders. He loved his birds!
Posted by Heather Heckman on November 23, 2021
A friend told me that death is like a sunset. When the sun goes down it shines on the other side. Oh how you brightened my life, dad.

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Posted by Kim Crego on December 4, 2021
Peter was a wonderful man, father-in-law and Grandpa. We are fortunate to have so many great memories. He will be very missed. My thoughts are with you Chris, Heather and Geoff.
Posted by Cara Gordon Potter on December 3, 2021
When I think of Peter, I smile. He always seemed so happy to see me. He was inclusive, warm-hearted, and caring--as so many have already shared. When I'm with Chris, I will feel his absence.
Posted by Lela Gahwiler on December 3, 2021
How our hearts are broken at the passing of Peter..perfect Peter.
We met Peter when he was rather new in the Kankakee area. He was raising 2 bright and charming teenagers, Heather and Jeff. We grew to love them all..often through encounters in Leon's dental office.
When Peter and Chris, Lela's dear friend, began dating, all her friends knew they were perfect together. They married and Peter was instantly a treasured friend to all Chris' family and friends.
We recall many wonderful social ocassions together, at our home or theirs.
When Cregos began wintering in SW Fl, we were close by in our new year round home. What a joy to again have the pleasure of joyful times spent together.
We thank God for the years of this great friendship with Peter. We will miss his smile and charming ways.
Our love and sympathy goes out to Chris and all the family.
C hris, keep smiling with the the grand memories of this dear man who loved you so well. We know he greatly appreciated your love and care in the rough sick years just finished. We are as near as your phone if we can help.  Love you ...and Perfect Peter.
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Obituary

Peter Crego, born May 11, 1941 died of complications from COVID on November 20, 2021. He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed.

Peter was born in Syracuse New York. After high school he served in the Army. After the army he earned a degree in landscape architecture from Delhi. He worked in the pool business and had his own business selling architectural water fountains. 

Peter was a loving husband to, and survived by, Christine Crego. Survived by siblings Joyce and Ted. He was a wonderful father to Geoff and Heather, caring grandfather to Finn, Violet and Juniper.  Step children include Marc, Marshal and Heidi. Step grandchildren include Maria, Nicholas, Micheal, Nicole and Samantha and seven step great grandchildren. 

Peter was the president of the Kankakee symphony board and a member of Kiwanis. He was a lover of the arts, holding season tickets to theaters, symphonies and the opera. Peter traveled the world with his wife and his friends. He was a talented craftsman who could make or repair anything and a avid gardener. He enjoyed bird watching and, in the later years, hunting. He was known by friends and family as “Perfect Peter”. He was a friend to many and kind to everyone and will dearly missed by all who knew him.

In light of the COVID pandemic, there will not be a memorial service at this time. There is a memorial website where people can post stories and photos. The website can be found at: peter-crego.forevermissed.com

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Shared by Nancy CAPPS on November 23, 2021
My sister adored Peter. And he spoiled her rotten. Peter could do or fix just about everything. My sister needed a handyman after our dad passed and Peter stepped right into the role. Each visit to their Kentucky home started with "where's the list?" And he get the projects done. Yup, it always felt that he could do everything...and don't get us started on his cooking!!! Roasting, grilling, baking...he was fearless! He will be missed always.