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Peter Cournan
  • September 11, 1932
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  • July 30, 2023

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In Loving Memory

Peter Pierce Cournan

September 11, 1932 – July 30, 2023


Peter Pierce Cournan died peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at age 90.

Peter was born in South Buffalo, NY to Pierce and Marion (née Crane) Cournan on September 11, 1932.  He attended St. Martin’s as a child and was a 3-sport athlete in the first graduating class of Bishop Timon High School. He attended Notre Dame University before enlisting in the United States Army in 1953. Peter is a veteran of the Korean War, where he had the unique experience of also playing in the overseas service members’ baseball league.

On June 23, 1956, Peter married the love of his life, Mary Patricia (Pat) Troy, also of South Buffalo. Together they had five children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 (and counting) great-grandchildren. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary shortly before Peter’s death.

Peter was the founder and President of Buffalo Imprints Inc, a promotional products company that serviced local Western New York clients as well as national customers for 25 years before his retirement.  He was a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus of Buffalo.

Peter was an accomplished golfer, achieving numerous tournament wins and hitting a hole-in-one at age 72 at Vasari Country Club in Naples, FL. He was also a passionate Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan, holding season tickets for each from the Rock Pile and early “Aud” years.

Peter is survived by his loving wife, Pat, his children; Michele Adams (Fred), Peter (Holly), William (Suzanne), Mary Katherine Overfield (Paul), and Patricia Fitzsimmons (Eric); his grandchildren; Lauren O’Rourke (John), Michael (Vanessa), and Matthew Adams; Kevin (Daisy), Brian (Emily), Christopher, and Elizabeth Cournan; Courtney Coulter (Chad), and Chase Cournan; Jake and Emma Overfield; and Matthew and Kate Fitzsimmons. His children and grandchildren were a great source of pride for Peter, and he was blessed to enjoy the addition of seven great-grandchildren during his last years.

Peter is also survived by his in-laws, Elaine Cournan (late John) and Carol Cournan (late Martin), William and Susan Troy, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents; and 4 siblings, Margaret Foley (Joseph), Helen Coyle (Larry), Martin Cournan, and John Cournan.

Peter will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna NY. A memorial will be planned for a future date.


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  1. Michael Coyle says:
    13 Aug 2023
    Deepest condolences on loss of Uncle Pete… love and prayers to the whole family… Love, Mike Coyle and family

  2. Bob Lawler says:
    13 Aug 2023
    Very sorry to hear of Mr. Cournan's passing. Prayers and sincere condolences for the Cournan Family. God bless

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