Peder Behan, Sr.

Obituary of Peder H Behan, Sr.

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With great sadness we announce the passing of Peder H. Behan Sr., 71 of Hurleyville. Peder passed away on September 9th at Good Samaritan Hospital after a short illness with his family by his side.

Peder was the son of the late Charles and Eleanor Behan Sr., born in Long Island NY on August 29, 1952.

Peder owned and operated BEHAN’S Garage in Hurleyville with his family for over 40 years. Peder was able to fix, weld, or repair just about everything. When it came to Mopar cars, Peder was the answer man as he had a great love of Mopar and the American Muscle Car. If it didn’t go fast, Peder made sure it did. Peder touched so many lives, helping customers and friends fixing their mechanical issues. Many times, not charging and when people didn’t have the money, he would say “catch me next time.”

He loved spending time working on his cars and trucks but most of all spending time with his Family and especially his granddaughter Hailey Noelle.

Peder was a quiet man with a heart of gold. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 48 years Miranda, whom he called the love of his life, his children Patricia (George Gibson), Peder Jr., (Jenn) and Colette (Jake Good) and his partner in crime, his granddaughter Hailey Noelle Behan Gibson. He also leaves behind his sisters, Susan, Kris and his special baby sister Barbara, sisters-in-law Ann Gardner and Claude Johnson (Phil), as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind hundreds of customers he considered his extended Family and Friends. “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends!”

Peder was predeceased by his parents Charles and Eleanor, brothers Charles Jr., Jeffrey, Sisters Jean and Phyllis as well as his in laws Jean and Josephine Sammartino who treated him like a son.

A memorial visitation and celebration of life will be held on Sunday September 17, 2023, from 2-5pm at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne NY. The family will hold a funeral reception, immediately following at the Hurleyville Fire House, 166 Main Street, Hurleyville NY.

The Family will be starting the Peder H. Behan Sr., community scholarship. Peder believed that not every child was destined to go to college. Peder would say if you didn’t have people that were able to work with their hands, you wouldn’t have anything. The scholarship will be set up for community students going into or that want to go to a technical school to work with their hands. The family asks that any donations will go towards this scholarship and can be sent to Peder Behan Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 45, Hurleyville NY 12747.

Arrangements under the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, for further information call 845-434-7363 or visit

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 17, 2023
Colonial Memorial Funeral Home
396 State Route 52
Woodbourne, New York, United States
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Peder Behan, Sr.

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Peder Behan, Sr.

1952 - 2023

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