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Peter Roth 1948 - 2013

Peter Roth

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April 05, 2013
Mr. Roth will be greatly missed! He taught me and many of my fellow classmates toe love of folk music at Stayton Middle School. It broke my heart when I heard he passed away!
March 18, 2013
It was a wonderful celebration of Pete's life and spirit last Saturday--an amazing gathering of people with whom Pete shared his life and his gift of music.

I will always remember first meeting him at the Haystack Songwriting Workshop at Cannon Beach in 1979. That meeting led us to an incredible musical collaboration partnership. We co-authored a boxcar full of music and lyrics for individual songs, for the musical "Halfway Home," and for Pete's Christmas musical adpatation of "The Gift of the Magi."

I have so many wonderful memories of Pete. Our Friday night video game marathons; countless Pietro's "Bartender's Special" pizzas (absolutely NO mushrooms!); Ripoff the cat; rehearsals of our musical "Halfway Home" in his apartment in Salem; introducing him to the music of Bill Staines; going to the Barbershop Singing Competition at Willamette University; meeting his future bride, Elaine, for the first time at dinner at Jake's in Portland; and always trying out a new song or a lyric on him--his opinion was invaluable.

Finally, I must include one of Pete's humorous poems here. It's one that I first heard at the Haystack Workshop and have never forgotten:

"It goes without thinkin'
That bars are for drinkin'
And yet, somehow, that's absurd.
They're also for givin'
Musicians a livin'
But in bars, it's sure hard to be heard."

Well, I heard you Pete, and I'm so thankful I did. You were fine musician and my steadfast friend.

Thanks so much for everything buddy.
March 16, 2013
Pete and I were at Willamette together. I rember fondly the serenades when the Kappa Sigs came. They were always
Good. After graduation I stayed in Salem and Pete and I maintained a friendship that was just that.

He would sometimes call just to talk about world affairs. I remember when he worked at the pizza parlor so he could play the piano after hours.

Sometimes we went fishing up the canyon. Pete also drove me out to the farm house area of Marion county for Stan B's campaign. He didn't want to talk to voters but he knew I didn't have a car.

He had a little bit of competition in him. I had caught a 13 inch cut throat trout on a trip to Idaho with a guy I was dating and his family. Pete wouldn't take me fishing again until he caught a bigger fish.

We both got busy with careers and life. The last time I saw him was the big do in Turner near his retirement. You could tell that he was a much loved teacher that night. Reading the other comments has only cemented in my mind his calling as a teacher.

Marcia Kelley Willamette 70. Lee House Salem
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March 16, 2013
Who could forget El Don Gato or Big Blue... You saved me from boredom and encouraged me to express my creativity. You taught us all how to take learning and growing seriously but not to take ourselves too seriously. You taught us to appreciate and respect each other's individuality - as well as to love music! I have taught many of those fun and silly songs to my son and I am sure he will share them with his children someday. The Nash girls will ALL ALWAYS remember you fondly and your legacy will live on through all of us. I know You will be missed for now but I am certain that I will see you again someday, Sir. Thank you!
March 15, 2013
Thank you so much for leaving messages on the guest book. You were all very important to him and you would be surprised at the little mementos he kept to remind him of you.
Elaine and Ben
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