Monday, 16 July 2018 15:05

Longtime BIA director Peter D'Errico remembered for contributions to community Featured

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BANGOR - On July 11, former longtime Bangor International Airport Director Peter D'Errico passed away at his home.

He had served more than 20 years at the airport as well as with a variety of organizations throughout the city of Bangor.


People who worked with him say he left a lasting impact in the region.


"Everything he did here was certainly very remarkable," current Airport Director Tony Caruso said Monday.


Born on Feb. 21, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, D'Errico was known around these parts as the "father" of Bangor International Airport.


"Peter was certainly here in the stages to help guide the airport and really put us on that path and really helped build some of the renowned industry reputation that we have today, and I think a lot of us here at the airport understand the importance and the significance of that," Caruso said.


Much of D'Errico's life revolved around BIA.


He spent more than two decades in the United States Air Force and in the Maine National Guard and another two decades as airport director, the longest tenure of anyone in that position.


In 1960, he helped lead the project that would eventually convert the airport from a military base to a civilian use airfield.


"Obviously he was a visionary," said Caruso, who had the chance to work directly with D'Errico in the late 1990s. He described D'Errico as a mentor and a friend, adding that he always seemed to steer the organization in the right direction.


"He understood the strategic role that the airport played and the aviation industry and how this region would certainly benefit from that," he said.


In 2016, Bangor International Airport honored D'Errico's by dedicated a terminal in his name.


Bangor City Councilor Dan Tremble worked with D'Errico as a member of the Bangor City Council in the 2000s.


"The city took a tremendous risk to take over the airport and he made it work," Tremble said. "He went wherever he had to go to get business to the airport and he got it, he made it happen."


He also described D'Errico as a visionary who loved his family.


"He was really a family man, not just with the city, but he's very proud of his kids and his grandkids he never forgot where he grew up in the Flatbush section of New York, but he loved Bangor, too, and he loved New York. He was just a great guy," Tremble said.


D'Errico leaves behind three children and two grandchildren.


He was 87 years old.

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