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☛ Peter J Cofrancesco III passes at age 45 – 8-5-17


Aug. 5, 2017

Peter J. Confrancesco III passes at age 45

AQHA lost a staunch supporter with the death of Peter J Cofrancesco III, 45, Sparta, N.J.≤ when he passed away  after falling ill on Tuesday, Aug. 1. His death came only days after a case displaying his memorabilia was unveiled July 26 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.  He had been inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in March.

The son of another AQHA Icon, Peter Confrancesco Jr., Peter was raised with Quarter Horses and became the President of the (AJQHA) American Junior Quarter Horse Association on his way to becoming the President of the AQHA, an office he served from 2011-2012. In 2008, Peter was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee.

Peter and his family competed in 4-H with horses and purebred Hereford cattle, but switched their focus almost exclusively to horses as Peter moved into Amateur competition, showing halter horses. It was while competing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress that he met his wife Carmen and they were married in 1999. The couple have three children: Ireland, Peter IV and Emma.

When his father died in 2001, Peter and his siblings assumed leadership of The Grinnell Group of Companies, the family’s manufacturing, waste and recycling company. Peter also took his father’s place on the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission and, with his mother, developed a popular horse charity in Sussex County.

Peter was also influential in forming the World Conformation Horse Association, an AQHA alliance partner that holds an annual futurity, as well as classes at major shows including the AQHA World Championship Show.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen, their three children, all at home; his mother, Peggy Confrancesco; two brothers: Jason and Jarrod; a sister Darla and many friends and family.

Viewing will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Sparta Township on Monday, Aug. 7 from 2-8 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Our Lady of the Lake at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately followed by interment in the St. Thomas of Aquin RC Cemetery, #53 Kennedy Ave., Ogdensburg, N.J.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peter’s memory may be made to Pope John Angel’s Fund, #18 Andover Rd., Sparta, NJ 07871.

An account has also been established as a college scholarship for Peter’s three children called the Peter J. Confrancesco III Scholarship Foundation. Contribution can be mailed in that name to 320 N. Church Rd., Sparta, NJ 06871.

Information for the above article came from the AQHA as well as other sources.

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