Brother was born December 20, 1949 in New York and was raised in New Rochelle. He attended Iona Grammar School, Blessed Sacrament High School and Iona College in New Rochelle, where he received his B.A. degree in History in 1972. He continued with graduate studies earning an M.S.Ed. in Social Studies from Iona (1976) and an M.A. in History from New York University (1981).
In 1972, Brother Pellegrino entered the Congregation of Christian Brother and made his First Profession of Vows in September of 1973. His pronounced his Final Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience on June 27, 1979.
As a Christian Brother educator, Brother served at St. Cecilia’s Grammar School, Power Memorial Academy, All Hallows High School and Rice High School in New York City, and Essex Catholic High School in Newark, NJ. For the past twenty plus years he has served on the faculty of Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle as a member of the History Department, also immersing himself in numerous activities in the school community. His dedication to his classes and students, his religious community of Brothers and his faithfulness to his religious vocation was apparent to all. Up until his final diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in December, he remained active and involved, a trait he never lost despite frequent bouts with poor health throughout his adult life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Margaret Pellegrino. He is survived by his sister Angela Rogalino, his brothers Vincent and Robert, nieces and nephews and the members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers with whom he shared life for 43 years.
Wake and Visitation will be held at the Iona Prep Chapel on Tuesday, January 20 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 21 at St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at the Brothers’ cemetery in West Park, NY.
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