OBITUARY: Karl Peter ‘Pete’ Sillay


Karl Peter “Pete” Sillay was a loving father, grandfather, brother and son. He was a sailor, inventor and entrepreneur that sought to make the world a better place. Pete was born October 15, 1941 in Rochester New York and passed away peacefully on August 1, 2023 in Nashville, TN.

Pete is survived by his sons, Karl Arthur Sillay (m. Elizabeth Gernert Sillay) and Alan Peter Sillay; grandchildren, Andrew Karl Sillay, Caroline Alexandra Sillay and Elizabeth Grace Sillay; mother, Irene Adams Sillay; siblings, Mark Helmuth Sillay (m. Barbara, children Jennifer, Stephen), Pamela Sillay Perotto (children Ronald and Rosemary) and James Arrow.

Pete’s funeral will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 in Rochester, New York. Please visit Walker Brothers Funeral Home’s website for more of Pete’s story and details of his funeral:

A celebration of life will occur at a later date in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Sail to Prevail foundation which serves to provide therapy through sailing for people with disabilities-a cause to which Pete also devoted his time, talents, dedication and compassion.


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