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Peter Joel Siegel

Peter Joel Siegel, a resident of Seattle for more than 20 years, passed away suddenly on July 25, 2013, in Hamlin Park. He was 46 years old. Born in New York, NY on July 25, 1967, Peter grew up in Short Hills, NJ, with his parents, Anne Siegel, a psychiatrist, and Joel Siegel, a research chemist, and his sister, Erika Siegel, a clinical psychologist practicing in Falls Church, VA. Full of humor and delight, Peter was a resourceful, intuitive thinker all his life, building structures from a range of materials and cooking independently from the time he was a young boy. He was a loyal and devoted friend, beloved by all who knew him, unfailingly kind and considerate. His wry, witty sense of humor, rooted in a lifelong interest in film and animation, was valued and enjoyed immensely by family and friends. Peter's abiding interest in technology, too, began in his teens, as he tinkered with the earliest computers and pored over their manuals. He enjoyed travel and exploring the world, starting in his own back yard. Peter loved music and, from his youth, his wide-ranging interests were known to all. He enjoyed live performance, in particular, and followed this interest with passion. Likewise, his love of animals began in childhood and continued throughout his life; he was attuned to animals of every conceivable kind.

Peter received both a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Inquisitive and creative, Peter went on to earn his Master of Arts in Technical Communication from the University of Washington. It was during his graduate school years that Peter fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, making it his home. He especially enjoyed the outdoors and the area's many beautiful parks; he was captivated by Mount Rainier. Loved deeply by all who knew him, Peter surrounded himself with new and old friends. He spent many years in the software industry, as a programmer and technical writer, later adding animal care and advocacy to his working life. He was utterly devoted to the animals in his care and to their families. He was a kind, patient, and loving guardian to his dog, Wabi. Dedicated to his community, Peter volunteered at both PAWS and Food Lifeline. He remained an inventive cook, frequently creating his own recipes, and enjoyed chess, darts, and rounds of trivia with a wide group of dear friends. Peter is survived by his parents, Anne and Joel Siegel, his sister, Erika Siegel, her husband, David Pomper and their children, Zachary and Nora Pomper, and his partner, Marianne Cavelti. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alice and Cornelius Shuttleworth of Detroit, MI, his paternal grandparents, Henrietta and Maurice Siegel, of Baltimore, MD, and his maternal uncle, Peter Joseph Shuttleworth, for whom he was named. A memorial service will be held on September 15, 2013 from 2-6:00 p.m. in Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, WA (the orchard picnic area). Donations made in his name to PAWS or Old Dog Haven would be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 4, 2013
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