Philip Pepper

Philip Gordon Pepper

Wednesday, May 22nd, 1935 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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Philip Gordon Pepper, 85, of Torrington, passed away on September 2nd. Born in Torrington, Philip enjoyed his time on the farm in Milton and attended New Milford High School. After one year at UCONN’s Vo-Ag program, he joined the Navy on the USS Cadmus where he served our country for nearly 4 years. Once back home, he worked as a dairy farmer in his younger years and later began working as a construction excavator. He worked alongside his son, Gordon Pepper, at P&G Pepper Construction in Torrington.
Although “The Duke” was known as the hard worker that he was, he was also an avid gardener and was known to surprise people around town with the amaryllis that he so lovingly grew.
Philip is predeceased by his son, Gordon Pepper of Torrington, his daughter, Janice Pepper of Harwinton and his step-daughter Suzan Wallace who passed away a day after him.
He is survived by his life partner Nancy Derwitsch of Torrington; his sister Helen Loomis of Goshen; his youngest son, Gregory Pepper (Stephanie) of Apopka, FL; his daughter-in-law Kathleen Garrity-Pepper of Torrington; his granddaughter, Alyssa Pequignot of Boston, MA; his grandson, Aiden Pepper of Apopka, FL; his step-children James Derwitsch (Claudia), Edward Derwitsch (Fran), Robert Derwitsch (JoAnne), and Dolores Derwitsch. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews from the Loomis, Pepper, Zawadski, and Derwitsch families.
Calling hours will be held at the Thurston-Rowe Funeral Home on September 8th from 4-7pm. A graveside service will be at the Milton Cemetery on Blue Swamp Road in Milton at 10am on Wednesday, September 9th. We ask everybody attending to please wear a facial covering and follow social distancing guidelines.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thurston Rowe Funeral Home
    283 Torrington Road
    Litchfield, CT 06759
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Milton Blue Swamp Cemetery
    Address Not Available


  • US Navy


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Mike and Liz Wolford

Posted at 08:07pm
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Ken and Betsy Beyer

Posted at 07:58pm
Our condolences to all of your family members in your loss. In sympathy, Betsy and Ken Beyer

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Posted at 11:27am
With deepest sympathy for our mutual families. All our love. Rest in Peace, Phil!
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Barb Buice

Posted at 03:01pm
I was a teenager when I first met you with Nancy by your side. Then less than 20 years later, I was your secretary with my 2 daughters, by mine. I last saw you at my Grandma’s funeral, she was 100 when she died. And Nancy was there, by your side. God Bless the Derwitsch and Pepper family. You will always be in my thoughts, as time goes by.
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Patsy Capuano

Posted at 01:55pm
So sorry for you loss. Bob and I really liked Phil! Bob and he were good friends! May he rest in peace! Pat and Bob Capuano

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