Peter Charles Cernansky, 18, of Stamford, Conn., died of an injury sustained in an accident on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Burlington, Vt. Peter had just begun his freshman year as a business major at Champlain College, where he was awarded a Trustees Scholarship.
Born on March 11, 1994, in Stamford, Peter attended Westover Elementary, Cloonan Middle and Westhill High Schools. He was the cherished son of Charles J. Cernansky and Sharon L. Burley. Peter was active in sports throughout his life and enjoyed the camaraderie of his team and classmates. He had an incredible smile, beautiful blue eyes, a joy for life and an ability to make others around him happy. He loved to surf and always appreciated the beauty surrounding him.
In addition to his parents, Peter is survived by his grandparents, Richard and Carol Burley, of Muncy, Pa.; his aunts, Marion Cernansky, of Arlington, Va., Susan Savard and her husband Robert, of Manchester, Vt. and Lecanto, Fla.; his uncle, Donald Cernansky, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; his cousins, Christina Cernansky, of Washington, D.C., Kyle Dailey, of Boston, Mass., and Collin Dailey, of Burlington, Vt.
Peter Charles Cernansky
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Elinor Burley, of Muncy, Pa., Charles and Irene Cernansky, of Lakewood, Ohio, and his aunt, Eileen Mortenson, of Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, Conn.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at Holy Spirit Church, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, Conn., with interment at Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Esrkine Road, Stamford, Conn. A reception will follow at the Italian Center, Newfield Road, Stamford, Conn.
Online condolences may be expressed at leopgallagherstamford.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter Cernansky's name to: Brain Trauma Foundation, 7 World Trade Center, 34th Floor, 250 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007, 212-772-0608, www.braintrauma.org, or Fletcher Allen Foundation, FAHC Medical Center Campus, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, Special Gifts, Brain Trauma Research, David Warren, David.firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-847-5592, www.fletcherallen.org/about/foundation.