Paul Robert Tesoro, longtime morning show host of Central Hudson’s "Almanac" radio program, died Sunday after a long illness surrounded by his family and closest friends. He was 66.
Born in Mount Vernon, on Feb. 7, 1951, Tesoro was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Grace Tesoro, in-laws William and Teresa Scotti, and son, Andrew Tesoro.
Tesoro attended Saint Ursula Grammar School, Mount Saint Michael Academy, and Marist College, where he later earned a master's degree in Public Administration.
A passionate patron of the local art scene, lifelong Yankee fan, music aficionado, writer, reader, and proud Marist Red Fox, Tesoro served the local community nearly as devotedly as he served his family.
"We mourn the passing Dutchess County icon Paul Tesoro, whose warm voice greeted so many of us each morning as the host of Central Hudson’s ‘Almanac’ radio program from April 1987 to April 2016," said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. "Paul worked tirelessly for nearly three decades at Central Hudson, leading corporate communications and serving his neighbors in Dutchess County and the surrounding region.
"He dedicated his spare time to his community by volunteering and giving of himself to the causes he held dear. Dutchess County is a better place because of Paul Tesoro’s active role in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul’s family and friends, and the countless lives he touched. "
He served on the board of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley; the Regional Food Bank Board of Directors; and the Dutchess County Arts Council (now known as Arts Mid-Hudson). He also volunteered on behalf of the Heart Association of America; Literacy Volunteers of America, the Italian Center, Mount Carmel Church, and Poughkeepsie City schools. He served on the Mount Carmel Church Parish Council, was inducted into the Marist College Theater Hall of Fame, and served as a board member of the Valley Theater Company, where he met his wife in 1974.
Tesoro joined Central Hudson in 1981 as its director of advertising. In 2004, he was promoted to director of corporate communications, the position from which he retired after 29 years of service.
For nearly 30 years, Paul was the voice and creative inspiration behind Central Hudson's popular "Almanac radio program." His thousands of fans will forever cherish memories of his observations on natural phenomena, local history, and weather insights. In his final days, Paul spoke often of the show he would have created for the solar eclipse.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Celeste; his daughters Carla Tesoro and her husband Brian Rudner, and Julie Shook and her husband, Nathan Shook; grandchildren Gabriel Paul, Emilia, Theodore, William, and Daniel; sister Janet Tesoro; brothers and sisters in law Ronald and Marianna Peek, and Frank and Ann Scotti; nieces and nephews, Stephanie and Sabrina Scotti, Gregory and Kayla Chenoweth, and Ryan, Dana, Adam and Billy Peek; great nieces and nephews, Alice Scotti, Sam, Hayden and Kate Peek, and Elizabeth, Brody and Charlotte Peek. He is also survived by many cousins, his godfather, Robert DiLorenzo, and countless friends.
In the final years of his life, Tesoro enjoyed visiting baseball stadiums across the country with lifelong friends Brian Doyle, Robert Ingraham, and Vincent Borelli.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main St., Poughkeepsie. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arts Mid-Hudson or the Hudson Valley Regional Food Bank. If you wish to send an online condolence visit www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com .
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