Peter P. Duca, Sr.

Dec 5 1927
Aug 28 2022
94 Years

Peter P. Duca, Sr, born December 5th, 1927, in Coatesville, PA, to Nicola Duca and Maria Albert. Pete went to be with his maker on Sunday, August 28th. He was predeceased by his first wife, Gloria Manfredi, as well as his daughter, Doris; brother Samuel Duca, and his sister, Rose Stranieri and stepson Jon Keshuta. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Duca; sons, Peter Duca, Jr. (Mary Anne Pawlowski), Robert Duca (Kathleen Urban), grandchildren Peter Duca III, Courtney Duca-Murphy (Sean), Kelsey Duca-Harrison (Taylor), great-grandchildren Maci and Miles, stepchildren Shelley Keshuta (Marvin), Stacey Mitchell (Kevin), Justen Coleman (Melissa), grandson Colin Keshuta, cousins Paul Ciaccia and Joseph Albert, and niece Barbara Cialini, and many more cousins, family members, and friends. He is also survived by a previous wife Barbara Taylor Steidler and his stepdaughter Cheryl Taylor.

Peter lived in Coatesville when he was young and attended Coatesville schools. He was a self-made man, entrepreneur, inventor, and well-known musician. Pete owned and ran Pete Duca Associated Contractors, was owner of the former VIP Lounge in Thorndale, as well as many other businesses. He was a drummer with his own jazz group for his entire life – music was his life!

He was a property owner and developer in Caln Township for many years. His favorite business was selling Christmas trees at the Ponderosa. He was always chasing another venture, be it real estate, music, racehorses, or the next big opportunity. His last business was his famous “Wooden Roses” which he started and operated during the last seven years of his life. He was almost the last of his generation – assessing, making, and taking opportunities. He had a number of sayings, but his two favorites were “Tell ‘em you know Pete Duca” and if he was making dinner reservations, he would say “It’s for Doctor Duca.” He will be missed - his sense of humor, laughter, and the feeding of his horses! Heaven is getting one of the best dealmakers ever! But most of all, Pete was a loving husband, father, friend, and human being.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, which will take place starting at noon until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM. Interment will be private at convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Sep 2 2022 - 1:00pm
Service Location: 
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church 80 S. 17th Avenue • Coatesville PA 19320


Bobby, Kathy and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless, Chris, Lynne and family

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Pete (aka "Petey"), Mary Anne & Family......sending prayers of comfort and peace in the loss of your loved one.

Bonnie Dickinson (former co-worker VAMC C'ville)

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I’ll bet God has Pete in time out already. Wawa, Pete Gracia, and Carmen are probably making too much noise and I’m so glad that they have each other. RIP PETE. You know I love you for all you did for us. Louise

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Bobby and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.




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Dear Bobby and family,  we were so sorry to hear about your Dad.  He was definitely one of a kind! He was such a nice guy and so talented.  Please find peace knowing that he is with the Lord now.  Love, Vonnay and Jessica Chambers 

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Sending prayers and deepest sympathy.!!

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Dear Bobby & Family, sending our sincere condolences and our prayers will be lifting you up through this sad time, love you all  Michael, Marisa & Family





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Dear Pete, Bobby and extended families,

My condolences in the loss of your father.  What a life! May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead, thinking of you all.



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