A memorial tribute will be planned for the first weekend of May in his hometown of New Hope, PA
Born September 14th, 1938, in New York City, George Edwards Price Jr. “Peter” of New Hope, PA passed away Monday, March 20th at his home in Port Charlotte, FL.
Born to Dancer Loraine Swor and Vaudevillian, Radio Star and Recording Artist Georgie Price, Peter began his professional film career in 1950, appearing in Love That Brute starring Cesar Romero. In 1951, Peter portrayed the young Enrico Caruso in The Great Caruso starring Mario Lanza. Peter went on to featured rolls in Phantom Stallion, New Mexico, Please Believe Me and Annie Get Your Gun.
Peter attended Hofstra University in 1956, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. After serving two years in the Coast Guard on an ice breaker in Lake Michigan, Peter went on to Syracuse University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Broadcasting. Putting his performing experience and broadcast training to use, Peter moved to Chicago to work as a program producer for WGN-TV, concentrating on Live Broadcasting. Producing celebrated series such as Bozo’s Circus and Jazz Legends Live with Duke Ellington, Peter produced and directed some of the station’s most nationally viewed programs. Before leaving WGN Peter worked as a Producer for the famed Phil Donahue show.
In 1973 Peter moved to New Hope, PA—the home of his sister Penny and then brother-in-law John Larsen. Having a successful café and cabaret in New Hope, John was looking for a partner to expand the business and transform the venue into a nightclub that featured the country’s best live music. With the purchase of the liquor license, Peter officially joined John in business and established the now iconic “John & Peter’s.” As Co-Founder of John & Peter’s, Peter was responsible for providing a venue to thousands of legendary artists and musicians for nearly 50 years. An avid lover of Blues and Jazz music, Peter spent much of his time travelling to festivals around the country, where he would enjoy the performances of both famous and new musical talents. With a passion for international travel, Peter crisscrossed the globe several times over, experiencing hundreds of countries and cultures. His collection of art, books, religious artifacts and music continued to amaze and delight everyone who visited his home.
Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Belinda Mazzetta (Port Charlotte, FL), nieces Karen Larsen (Boston, MA), Liz Larsen (New York City) and Stephanie Vine (New Hope, PA); sister Jordan Wright (Alexandria, VA); brother George Marshall Price (Miami, FL); and longtime business partner, brother and friend John Larsen of New Hope.
He will be remembered by countless friends, neighbors, staff and family, who cherish his stories of an exceptional life well led, and an incomparable sense of humor and adventure. His friends and loved ones take comfort knowing that he is with his departed friends and family, greeting them with his signature “Hiya, Baby!” and walking around in his favorite clogs.
A memorial tribute will be planned for the first weekend of May in his hometown of New Hope, PA.
Friends may visit www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte, Florida.