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Law-Enforcement Officers Pay Respects To Putnam Undersheriff Peter Convery

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies give salutes (in foreground) as as Undersheriff Peter Convery's casket is brought inside a Mahopac church for his funeral (pictured in background).
Putnam County Sheriff's deputies give salutes (in foreground) as as Undersheriff Peter Convery's casket is brought inside a Mahopac church for his funeral (pictured in background). Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Pallbearers bring out the casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery following his funeral inside a Mahopac church.
Pallbearers bring out the casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery following his funeral inside a Mahopac church. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith, center, arrives at an outdoor service for the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith, center, arrives at an outdoor service for the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
State Sen. Terrence Murphy and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell go outside following the funeral services for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
State Sen. Terrence Murphy and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell go outside following the funeral services for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Bagpipers line up to perform at a funeral process for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Bagpipers line up to perform at a funeral process for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Sheriff's deputies line up for a procession for the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Sheriff's deputies line up for a procession for the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Police and sheriff's deputies from across the Hudson Valley line up for a procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Police and sheriff's deputies from across the Hudson Valley line up for a procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Sheriff's deputies line up for a procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Sheriff's deputies line up for a procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A color guard of sheriff's deputies assembles for an outdoor ceremony held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
A color guard of sheriff's deputies assembles for an outdoor ceremony held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
New York State Troopers and police line up for a procession held in connection with the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
New York State Troopers and police line up for a procession held in connection with the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Police line up for an outdoor procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
Police line up for an outdoor procession held as part of the funeral of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
New York City police give salutes at an outdoor gathering held as part of the funeral for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
New York City police give salutes at an outdoor gathering held as part of the funeral for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A row of law-enforcement vehicles are parked diagonally on East Lake Boulevard in Mahopac in connection with the funeral for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery.
A row of law-enforcement vehicles are parked diagonally on East Lake Boulevard in Mahopac in connection with the funeral for Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery is placed into a hearse following indoor funeral services at a Mahopac church.
The casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery is placed into a hearse following indoor funeral services at a Mahopac church. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A hearse containing the casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery prepares to leave the grounds of a Mahopac church following a funeral.
A hearse containing the casket of Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery prepares to leave the grounds of a Mahopac church following a funeral. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -- Law-enforcement officials from far and wide gathered en masse in Mahopac on a blustery morning earlier this week to honor Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery at his funeral.

Convery, 65, died last Nov. 15 from an apparent heart attack, the sheriff's office previously said. He was a Tarrytown native and graduate of Sleepy Hollow. He earned his BA in History from Iona College and a Masters in Public Administration from Pace University.

The funeral was held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, which overlooks Lake Mahopac. Scores of police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers lined up for ceremonies before and after the funeral inside. The processions featured bagpipes of the movement of Convery's casket, which was ultimately placed into a hearse.

Convery, who had worked in the sheriff's department since 2002, had a 40-year career in law enforcement, the sheriff's statement noted. Prior to that, he worked in the Westchester County Department of Corrections. Additionally, he served as a Mahopac volunteer firefighter; several firetrucks were also on hand at the funeral.

Officials came representing sheriff's departments and police departments from across the lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

Elected attendees included Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and state Sen. Terrence Murphy.

In addition to his wife Luanne, Convery is survived by his daughters, Caitlin and her fiancé Rachid Saad, Courtney and her husband Peterson, Kerry and Tara, his son Connor and his wife Kelly, his grandchildren Colin, Isabelle, Peterson Jr. and Jackson, his sister Maureen Beale and her husband Tony, his mother-in-law Edna Piscitella and his sisters-in-law, Janice Demarest and Linda Ortiz.

In addition to his nieces and nephews he is survived by Katelyn Murphy Corsitto and her husband Matthew whom he considered as a daughter and whom his children consider as their sister. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother John William Convery and his sister Rosemary Nisco.

Photos of the outdoor ceremonies are attached.

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