Peter Burghardt Bandy, 84, formerly of Rochester, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019, in Joliet, Ill.
Pete was born on March 9, 1935, in Columbia, Mo., to William and Alice Bandy. Pete spent his childhood in Washington, D.C., then in Madison, Wis. Pete’s fondest memories were summer trips up to Wayne, Maine, where the family owned three cabins on Lake Androscoggin. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1953, then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, in the Electrical Engineer program.
In February 1955, he noticed the beautiful eyes of JoAnne Lucille Wilson and they began dating. Two and a half years later, they were married on April 26, 1957. After graduating in 1958, Pete was hired by IBM and began a 36-year career with a job he loved and excelled at, first in New York State, and later in Minnesota. He had a unique ability to create ways to design and build many of the new products IBM was engineering at the time and even had several patents. He was most proud of his work in helping to develop the airline reservation system. Pete was especially proud to have his son, Bob, join him as a fellow employee at IBM.
After retirement, Pete enjoyed several years of volunteering at the Mayo Clinic, greeting visitors and patients with a warm smile and offering assistance when needed. He especially enjoyed his time singing Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” in the atrium of the Gonda Building. Pete loved to fix things, and you would often find him putzing around in the garage with his to- do list in hand. Both Pete and JoAnne enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, maple syrup making and stained glass making.
They felt so fortunate to be able to spend this last year with their daughter, Kim, and her family, when they moved to Joliet, Ill.
He was hard working, creative, generous, and loving. He had a way of making people believe in themselves when they couldn’t and always made them feel valued and loved.
He will be missed by all who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill, and two sons, Tom and Dale.
His legacy will live on in his survivors: his wife of almost 62 years, JoAnne; his daughter, Kim (Mark) Murphy of Joliet Ill.; his son, Bob (Amy) of Wayne, Maine; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; as well as his four sisters, Jane (Burr) McWilliams of Northfield, Helen (George) Spiegelman of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Carol (Mike) Oberdorfer of Dickerson, Md., and Cindy (Larry) O’Brien of Morgantown, W.V.
A celebration of Pete’s life will take place this summer, in the place he loved most, a place where you can’t look any direction without seeing evidence of his handiwork: the Bandy family cottages in Wayne, Maine.