Peter LaForte, 89, veteran, doctor

Peter LaForte, MD, 89, of Ridgefield, CT., husband of Jeannette (Grieco) LaForte, died on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his residence. Dr. LaForte was born in Frankfort, NY November 27, 1924, a son of the late Stephanie and Philip LaForte. Moving to Brooklyn, NY at an early age with his family, Dr. LaForte attended Brooklyn schools, Columbia University and graduated from New York University Medical School.

A medical career spanning over sixty years, Dr. LaForte initially practiced pediatric medicine and in later years returned to complete a medical residency pursuing a career in ophthalmology. He maintained a private practice in ophthalmology in Stamford.

A World War II United States Army veteran, Dr. LaForte was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Connecticut Medical Society, Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan and the Country Club of Darien. A resident of Ridgefield for the past sixteen years coming from New Canaan, he was a former member of St. Aloysius Church and presently a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Ridgefield where he was a member of the church choir.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by three children, Peter J. LaForte and his wife, Judy Ratner, of Stamford, CT; Elizabeth LaForte of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Christopher A. LaForte of Bethel, CT; a sister, Faye Reggio, of Howard Beach, NY; and five grandchildren, Olivia Dane, Hannah, Eve and Evan.

Besides his parents, Dr. LaForte was pre-deceased by two brothers, John LaForte and Frank DiMostra and by two sisters, Anna Alfano and Frances Messina.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 28 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. The family received friends at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT. on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions in Dr. LaForte’s memory may be made to the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, MD 20910.