Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Madison, Wis. - Louis "Lou" R. Pellitteri, age 52, passed away surrounded by his family on December 5, 2012 in Miami FL following a tragic motorcycle accident while on route to the Cops Ride for Kids on December 1, 2012. Lou loved to ride his Harley Davidson Street Glide and participated in many charity rides in Florida and California. Lou enjoyed these rides with his friends of the Vice City Riders and Bikers of Broward, Florida, and the Desert Riders Association of California. He planned to ride in one of his favorite events, the annual Christmas Toys In The Sun Run, on Sunday December 9th. His brother Steve enjoyed motorcycle adventures with him in California.
Lou also enjoyed boating, jeeping, fun in the sun, playing his drums and many guitars. He was extremely close to his mom. In recent years, he encouraged her to embrace technology so they could share life's fond moments through email. She especially loved the pictures he would send of himself and each of his new "toys". Whenever any of us came to visit, Lou was always a gracious tour guide, sharing the color and culture of the beautiful places where he lived. Lou had a special bond with his niece Jenni. They loved doing many things together, especially skiing ever since he taught her how to tackle the slopes when she was very young. Lou was really looking forward to spending Christmas with his family in Wisconsin this year.
Lou was born August 12, 1960 in Madison WI and graduated from James Madison Memorial High School. He was currently the Director of Engineering at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. He was very proud to be a part of such a fabulous hotel and enjoyed working with wonderful friends. Previously he was with the Hilton in Miami, and the Marriott at many locations around the country where he made a number of life-long friends.
Lou was preceded in death by his father, Louis J. Pellitteri, in 2004. He will be terribly missed by his mother, Hazel Pellitteri, of Madison; brother, Paul, of Madison; sister, Lorraine "Lori", of Madison; brother, Steve, and sister-in-law, Lori, of Oakland, CA; niece and Godchild, Jennifer "Jenni", of Fort Collins, CO; niece, Cindi (Jason) Stampfli, of Verona; niece, Melanie, of Oregon; and great-nephews, Blake and Jackson, of Verona. Lou is also survived by one uncle, several aunts and many cousins. He also leaves behind his large extended family of friends and coworkers in Florida and around the country.
While we were in Florida this past week, we were very fortunate to experience the incredible love and respect his friends as well as past and present coworkers had for him. We would like to thank all of them for their support through this extremely difficult time. We also appreciate the efforts by the first responders and the staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. A very special thank you to his amazing nurse, Martha, who helped us all through Lou's final ride.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, WI 53705. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Following the service, Lou will take his "Last Ride" to Resurrection Cemetery in a Victorian "Harley" Funeral Coach.
Memorials may be made to Toys For Tots or a charity of your choice. We will miss you Lou!!
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We worked and lived together in Tinton Falls, NJ. For a brief but unforgettable time, you were my friend. I feel so horrible that I find out now of your passing. I only wish I had stayed in touch. You will ALWAYS be a part of me and who I am. I will miss you. Chris
I will always love you and I will keep you in my heart
I miss you Lou!!!!
Lou, it has taken some time for me to write this, mostly because it has been hard to grasp you are no longer with us. The W Fort Lauderdale team truly misses you and laughter. Never took life too serious. You started at the property during one of the craziest times (Brand Summit) and was not scared away but rather embraced the opportunity. Always one to show support and lend an ear when needed. We know you are in a better place now...most likely talking shop with Harley's founding Fathers!
Lou, you and I have worked together in 1995 at Residence Inn in Orlando, FL. We always stayed friends and I just heard the news that you have left us. I spoke to you Thanksgiving day and talked about meeting up to catch up one of these days. I know your in a better place and I am very proud to say you were a good friend. RIP Lou Lou... God Bless you and your family. My condolences to you.
Lou was my Manager at Marriott but more than this he was a great friend. We went on many rides together... Lou was truly a blessing to so many. I will miss you my firend!
Just wanted Lou's family to know that this next Sunday, the Desert Riders Association will be taking a Memorial Ride to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. We will be delivering a truck full of toys and $200.00 all in Lou's name. On behalf of our President, Gregg Rall, I am respectfully Yours, Ken Fort, Public Information Officer
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Lou while riding with Vice City Riders. He was always so nice to everyone and we are deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family. He will be missed greatly.
My sister and I were welcomed into this wonderful family for 10 years. Without any hesitation. They loved us like we were one of there own. I remember all the Christmas we spent together as a family. Lou always had a way of making you laugh and putting a smile on your face. He will be greatly missed by so many. Rest In Peace, Lou....
I treasured lots of laughter and smiles with Lou. He was a free spirit and loved riding. He always had something to talk about and share. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; I will always remember you.
I was lucky enough to share part of his life with him for a while, he was a good man and will be greatly missed. RIP my Love.
i met Lou when i interviewed for my position and from that time he was someone i could call a friend.In the time we worked together we fought many wars and survived some rough times. He was a great friend and co-worker.. My condolences to his family..
We used to talk and share experiences about the pleasures of being outdoors, fixing things around the yard, going for motorcycle rides and feeling of freedom that comes with the air in our faces while riding, good honest person, you will always live in my heart. May he rest in peace, my thoughts are with his family in such difficult time.
I had a wounderful time working with Lou the time we had to reprogram over 200 rooms with new TV remotes he was so amazing, and a joker.He will deeply be missed.My condolences to the family.
My family and The Orlando Jeep Club family were saddened to hear this news. We only had the pleasure of Lou in our jeep club for a few years, but he was an awesome addition and we all have wheeling stories we could share for hours. He always had a smile on his face and probably still does watching over all of us. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this sad time.
I had the honor of riding with Lou often. I remember one day we got caught in heavy rain coming in from the Keys, being a new rider I was nervous but Lou watched out for me and had me laughing all the way back.He was always smiling and never an unkind word towards anyone. He has so many friends and will be greatly missed. You are now an Angel, my friend. My condolences to his family.
We have just heard this dreadful news about Lou. Life is taken in an instant, but memories live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Peace.
u have moved on
The stars will shine a little brighter and the heavens will be filled with the sound of laughter as our world grows a little dimmer. You can take him from this earth, but you'll never take him from our hearts.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of "Sweet" Lou. He was a devoted member and officer of our charity motorcycle club in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, CA). I was just looking at old photo's of us guarding flags during Veteran's Week at 2:00 AM. So many great times and great rides. I never doubted that you would come walking through the door on the second Saturday saying "what's up everyone, where are we riding"? You are loved my brother and missed already. May you rest in eternal peace and we will ride together again some day.
Starwood's North America Engineering family will miss Lou very much. Our condolences during this very difficult time.
I knew Lou from seeing him at rides from time to time. All I can say is that he was an amazing person. He will deeply be missed. May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to his family.
We just learned this terrible news and want to offer our deepest condolences to the family.
We met Lou last year when he moved across the canal in Lauderdale Isles.
We were happy to meet such a gentle and genuine person who would share our love for boating.
We were looking forward to go boating together.
God Bless You...
Will miss you ~ and our canal-side conversations.
You were the kind of friend that would always have my back,and would give me the shirt off your back. You made me laugh and smile for the years we hung together, which will always be good memories. Like the river tubbing trip, and staying up all night after closing Buds West. Have a sweet rest now my old friend. You will always remembered.
I love you and will always miss you little brother!!!!
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