Peter J Cousino II

Peter J Cousino II

Peter J Cousino II changed addresses on September 30, 2023. He now resides in Heaven with his Savior.  Peter was born on August 11, 1955 to Peter and Bernadette (Blaise) Cousino. He spent his formative years attending schools in Bristol, VT and graduated from Mt Abraham Union High School in 1973. He entered the USAF and was in basic training within 2 weeks of graduating. Peter spent his first years of service in San Bernadino CA. Where he married Susan Lawrence. His next tour was in Lakenheath England where his son Peter John the III was born. He also spent a tour in Mildenhall England before coming back to the US where he was stationed in Albany NY. Where his daughter Marcie was born. Peter’s third child Linsey was born in Little Rock, AR where he served his last active duty. Peter then returned to Bristol VT where his last son, Andrew was born and he finished his military career by serving 12 years in the Air National Guard as a medic. He retired from the service in 1994. After returning home and purchasing his family farm, Peter became an LPN. He worked for many years as a nurse at Helen Porter Nursing Home and Porter Hospital while simultaneously taking care of elderly people in his home. Although Peter’s first marriage did not work out, he and Sue raised their 4 children with love and respect separately. In May of 1994, Peter met Gail Bushey, the love of his life. Along with Gail, he fell in love with her two children, Kayla and Cody Brown. He grew to love these kids like his own.   Gail and Peter were a match made in heaven, and on July 24, 2010, they were married.  She was able to put up with his non stop teasing and his barrage of jokes, both clean and questionable. She complimented him perfectly with a shared love of animals. Peter could deny her nothing so they had alpacas, ducks, cows, horses, rabbits and many other farm animals. It was a true Old Mc Donalds homestead.

There was nothing in the universe more important to Peter than his family. He adored his wife, children and especially his grandchildren. If you knew him, you knew that there was never a child who he didn’t love OR who didn’t love him. They were all his favorites and his kids. The sheer number of people who came to visit him and joke and laugh and love with him is mind boggling. You could count on hearing a joke or being pranked or scared by Peter every single time you saw him. Many of you have likely experienced his kindness through vegetables grown in his own perfect garden. The porch was full of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers  and squash to be shared with anyone who stopped in. And you had to go out and look at his Greenhouse to watch the vegetables grow every time you stopped in. Those vegetables even made it to campgrounds where Peter shared them with fellow campers. He had a love of camping and spent many summers making new friends in campgrounds.  Every 3rd of July, Peter and Gail hosted a huge party. Everyone brought something and the kids swam while the adults talked and then watched the fireworks together. He loved that party and he enlisted the help of anyone he could get when he started planning it.  But Christmas was his favorite holiday by far!  He decorated extensively both inside and out. No less than 4 full sized Christmas Trees were decorated every year. The living room was packed with presents for his family and his eyes were shining throughout the entire season. Large family dinners were a common occurrence at the Cousino house. Peter loved to cook a turkey dinner for his family. He started listening to Christmas Carols in September so thankfully he got to hear some of his favorites this year. Last year, Gail and Peter were able to knock a few things off his bucket list when they traveled to Yellowstone and to England where they visited his old stomping grounds. He also visited Alaska last year and caught a huge Salmon,

Although Peter fought hard to stay with us who are still on this Earth, he eventually accepted that he would join the family who has gone before him and be there to welcome us when our time comes. Peter is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Bernadette Cousino and nine siblings. Eugene, Joseph, Lucius Sr. Guy (Pauline), Ambrose, and Thomas Cousino. He is also predeceased by two sisters, Marjorie Paquette (Emile) and Veronica  Mayer (Raymond).

 Peter leaves his devoted wife, Gail Bushey Cousino of Bristol, his four children, Peter John Cousino III (Tomomi) of Huntington, Marcie Cousino of Bristol, Lindsey Williams (Nicholas) of Middlebury and Andrew Cousino of Bristol. His step children Kayla and Cody Brown of Bristol, his precious grandchildren, Peter John Cousino IV, Lucus and Leah Williams  and Sydnie Cousino.

He also leaves seven siblings. Yvonne Morgan of Middlebury, Roger Cousino (Denise) of Vergennes and South Carolina, Charles Cousino (Susan) of Vergennes and Florida, Anne Myrick (Peter Perlee) of Bridport, Patricia Atkins (Victor) of Lincoln, Linda Roscoe (Kirk) of Bristol and Mary Bingham (Robert) and Peters favorite of Bristol. Peter leaves his best friend and partner in crime Lucius Cousino Jr. with great reluctance. He also leaves in Peters own words. “the daughter who adopted him” Gina Wrest of Essex Jct. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Java and Sassy, the two special dogs who guarded him and loved him as much as he loved them. Peter leaves a multitude of nieces and nephews and special friends whom he loved dearly.

Peter, “We will think of you as if you are in your prime, Handsome, Strong and always on time.  A man admired by people far and wide. And especially to us who knew you inside.” 

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 4th from 5 to 8 Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Interment will be at Mt. St Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. To send online condolences to his family please visit

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Sherri Muzzy
6 months ago

We would like to send our sincere condolences. Peace be with you and the entire Cousino Family. Kitty & Lou Muzzy

Laurie Baird
6 months ago

We send our love and condolences to the family
Even though I didn’t know Peter I feel I knew him through his beautifully written obituary and his loving daughter Linsey Williams
Deepest sympathies

Sandy Greear Finnet
6 months ago

My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Cousino family. May the spirit of God comfort you. Peter was a great guy and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Peter John Cousino III
6 months ago

Miss you Dad.

Kiesha Lyday
6 months ago


Elaine Fregard
6 months ago

Peter will be missed by all who knew him. He was a pleasure to work with even with his jokes. I am so glad that I was able to make him one last dish of corn chowder that he said he missed. He also was a wonderful classmate was so glad to see him at our 50th class reunion in August.

Kiesha Lyday
6 months ago

RIP Uncle. The 4 years I spent with you and Aunt Sue changed my life. I went camping for the 1st time, learned how to ride horses, listened to endless christmas music….and I loved every minute in that big house. Thank you for treating me like one of your own…💙

Carol wood
6 months ago

Praying for comfort for Peter’s family…sincere condolences to you all.

Eldon & Pauline Atkins
6 months ago

So sorry for your loss .

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