Pete Fornatale was my friend, and it is very hard to reconcile his passing although I know, as a pastor, death is a very real part of life. Even Jesus as He was preparing for the death He would go through at Calvary, prayed to the Father “if there’s any other way let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.” And so it is we all come to death’s door on this journey of life.
Pete and I met through music and I can say without any hesitation, because of him, Poco had an opportunity to be heard in the northeast. Pete loved music; he loved Poco and it meant so much for me to know that “someone got it” and wasn’t intimidated to say so when our music was first introduced. Our friendship would grow over the years and certainly a testimony to that is – he would write the liner notes to three albums I was a part of (two Poco albums and most recently my solo album called Alive). In addition to his radio shows, Pete and I did many things together. He was comfortable to be around I can say we sincerely enjoyed each other’s company. Pete could do an interview without you ever thinking you were doing one; it was just casual conversation – it was always comfortable around Pete. I would never come to NYC without hoping to see him. We had many good times together – and I’m very thankful for those special moments.
When I brought my RF band back to NYC after many years of being away the music scene – Pete introduced us on the stage at BB Kings; just a couple of years ago up at Bethel Woods we did a live interview together; and just six short months ago we were together for a concert in Short Hills where he shared from his book on Simon and Garfunkel. It’s hard to believe those days are forever a memory now – but they will always bring a tear of joy to my eyes – it was and is a good feeling to know Pete Fornatale – my friend.
PS Thanks to Claudia Upton for the photos I have with Pete.