Peter Hazlett

Peter J. Hazlett

Sunday, June 6th, 1943 - Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Peter James Hazlett "Pete", 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday December 29, 2019 with his loving wife and close friend by his side.

Born in Washington D.C., Pete lived the past 27 years in Bordentown NJ. He was a proud member of the Vasella Musketeers and Blue Rock Drum & Bugle Corps. In 1963 he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a Signalman during the Vietnam War.

Pete had a passion for sports, music, model trains and fast cars. He loved to travel to St Maarten or explore new islands and could often be found entertaining family & friends. Employed as a Scientific Glassblower with Bristol Myers-Squibb, Pete retired after 42 years of dedicated service.
The son of the Late James and Dorothy Hazlett, Pete is survived by his beloved wife Evanne Cuzzocrea, son Matthew Hazlett, sister Judith Gledhill, nephew Douglas Gledhill and niece Robyn Gledhill.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ST JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

A Celebration of Peter's Life will be held on Friday January 17, 2020 10:00 am at the Bordentown Home for Funerals 40 Crosswicks St. Bordentown NJ 08505. A gathering of friends and family will be held that morning from 9:00 am until the time of service. Burial will follow at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery Wrightstown.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Bordentown Home for Funerals
    40 Crosswicks St.
    BORDENTOWN, NJ 08505
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  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Bordentown Home for Funerals
    40 Crosswicks St.
    BORDENTOWN, NJ 08505
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Deacon Thomas Shea
  • Interment

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 11:30am
    Brigadier Gen. WIlliam C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    350 Provinceline Road
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Peter Hazlett

Posted at 05:55am
I love you Pete and miss you every day. I miss your laugh, your smile and your blue, blue eyes. I miss your courage, your strength and your guidance … a true coach. I’m truly grateful for all your love and support during our life together. My only comfort is that you are no longer in any more pain. I will forever cherish the friends & memories we made, the beaches we explored and all the incredible courses we played. You’re my world … my one true love … my valentine forever.
Love always,
February 14, 2020

Peter Hazlett

Posted at 09:58am
I am sorry I could not be there with you to honor the life of my father Peter Hazlett. Living in NH I did not get to spend much time with my dad, but we did stay in contact via telephone. Despite the distance he was always available to help me in whatever way he could.

One thing I will always remember is while vacationing at the cabin in Vermont; we discovered a sailboat left by the owners of the cabins. I was so excited and wanted to sail in the lake. We managed to get the boat in the water and I successfully sailed back and forth between the docks. After I was done, I asked my dad how I did -- He replied, "let me show you how it’s done". Being a navy man, he was confident in his abilities. He sailed out and almost immediately capsized, he had failed to duck as the boom of the mast swung while he was trying to turn the boat. When he came back in, we couldn't stop laughing, he had shown me how not to sail!

Laughter is how I would like to remember my dad. Having fun going to hockey practice (where he was coach), our deep-sea fishing boat trips, on vacation or wherever we were.

I will miss him,
Jan 17, 2020

Larry Kerchner

Posted at 08:18am
While I had many friends in Blue Rock, Pete Hazlett was one of those on my short list. He was funny, smart, easy to get along with, and though not a musician, possesses a musical soul which he channeled through his playing, making a one-piston bugle sound like Urbie Green’s trombone.
I think Pete spent as much time at my house as he did at his. One night, while my parents were out, Pete and I gathered up all of my Mom’s crystal stemware, filled each glass with the right amount of water to produce specific pitches when tapped. We then added leaves to the dining room table so it extended almost into the living room, and on it placed the various glasses and goblets in the configuration of piano keyboard. I proceeded to create a four-part arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” for four hands – each wielding a dinner knife, I taught Pete his two parts by rote and added my two parts. Then, after some fine-tuning with water level adjustments, practiced “Satin Doll” until we were ready for Carnegie Hall. The whole process was about a five-hour production. We called ourselves “The Opticians” because we played the glasses!!! I know … clever!
When my parents arrived home, The Opticians jumped into action, taking our places at the side of our stemware keyboard. Then as my parents stood taking it all in, I counted off and Pete and I pounded out “Satin Doll”, beating the sides of the glassware with the sides of our dinner knives! Duke Ellington HAD to be bursting with pride up there in Heaven! It was a musical ambrosia!...until our virtuosic performance was interrupted by my Mom’s horrified scream! Not the kind of scream one would emit at the sight of a Tarantula in ones bed or Godzilla destroying the neighborhood – more of a muted-but-mortified sound of disbelief, followed by a 100-decible “STOP!!!” It became apparent that my mother’s love for her mother’s mother's crystal outweighed her love of the arts. It was an event that Pete and I vividly remembered when we reconnected almost 4 years ago. I know he and Duke have already laughed about it and will be great friends and kindred spirits until the end of time.
And like that.
With a heavy heart,
Larry Kerchner
Jan 02, 2020

Michael Batten

Posted at 07:43am
Such a sad day! When I joined Blue Rock in the later part of 1959 Pete Hazlett was already one of the finest baritones in the nation. Pete competed in individual contests all over the east coast. He beat many of the greats back in the day with an occasional loss to St. Catherine’s Queensmen’s Bill Hightower. Pete grew up in a house on the Delaware river. It was not unusual for the river to come over the sea wall and into the house. The refrigerator was on the back porch; needless to say things were never easy. He went on to become a very successful scientific glassblower. Pete loved Drum Corp, like many of us it was a big part of our lives! I’ll never forget the going away party for Pete when he left for the navy. Many of us struggled through an extremely hot parade the next day! Pete’s nickname in those days was light bulb because he always answered a question with “What”. We stayed in touch and I had plans to talk with him today…little did I know. I spoke with Evanne this morning and Pete wanted drup corp music at his service. Pete was such a great influence on a young boy in drum corps back in the day…one of my earliest heroes and later a really good friend. Pete and Ted will be united once more! Rest in peace my friend!
Michael Batten
Dec 29, 2019

Michael Thibeault

Posted at 07:42am
Thanks for the memories my friend. Every time I shoot a 9 I will remember you 😊
Michael Thibeault
Jan 16, 2020

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