Peter Nagainis

Peter and I, maybe 1969-70?

Peter Nagainis, in his 71st year. Gone, but not ever forgotten by those he leaves behind. Wife, lover, true companion, and friend till the end Roberta Gottlieb. “I wish I had known you sooner so I could have loved you longer”. Brothers Charles Nagainis and Marc Nagainis, both of Canada, will miss their Big Brother and will cherish his memory in their hearts.

Peter, born like so many of his age into a world of endless possibility, was a man who lived his life on his own terms and at his own pace. Photographer, traveler and adventurer, nothing was out of reach for Peter; be it scuba diving, auto racing, surfing or skydiving. Peter enjoyed fine food, a good cigar and time spent with his chosen people. He was known as a kind, gentle and quick-witted soul, who valued living for the day and would offer simple advice. “If you can, do it: don’t put it off for next year”. Peter did it, over and over. He had a good life; well lived and experienced, and while we miss his presence, his memories live on in each of us.

Hunter S. Thompson said: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Peter embodied that sentiment fully.

“I held a dandelion that said the time had come, to leave upon the wind,not to return when summer burned the earth again”

Elton John – Curtains

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