"ALOHA", a smile, a hard pat on the back, and firm handshake were how Peter B. Redpath greeted family, friends and strangers. On May 3, 2016, at the age of 82, with his flip flops on, "Pete" left this world after a brief sudden illness for his next adventure in paradise; somewhere over the rainbow. He spent his last years in Kaheohe and Kailua, Hawaii, but always considered Bellingham his home. If only it had the warm trade winds, palm trees and malasadas.... He was a free spirit, a true bohemian, and a nonconformist even during his tenure in the service. His individual outlook shone through in his photography having done two books on Bellingham; City of the North, and Entering Bellingham. He was never out of arms reach of a camera. Pete enjoyed staying physically fit. While living in Whatcom County, he participated in aerobics and racquetball at the YMCA, the "STP" bike ride, and multiple Ski to Sea races, as well as played on many adult soccer teams. While in Hawaii, he participated in many Honolulu marathons. Some of the things that we will most remember him for are his love of his family, spaghetti westerns, moon pies when no one was looking, and his wardrobe selections. Hawaiian shirts and plaid shorts were stylin'. He was always perpetually late or as he would say "on Hawaiian time". His sense of humor and teasing nature combined with his genuine integrity are some of the qualities we are most proud. If only we could follow his lead and enjoy our lives as he did his. Pete is proceeded in death by his parents, Peter H. and Luzenia (Beckwith) Redpath. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Barthlow and her husband Steve and son, Peter H. Redpath and his wife Martha. He was grandfather like no other to Cody, Katie, Kyley, and Keeley Barthlow, as well as a great behind the ear scratcher to his grandpets. He is also survived by his sister Sue Mehler and brother Bruce Redpath, and nieces and nephews. He will also be missed greatly by his life companion and partner, Deann Ford. "HANG LOOSE", our special goodbye, is hard to say, but your family says "MAHALO (Thank You) for making our lives "Mo Bettah" Dad/Papa Pete!" Memorial to follow at a later date.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on May 29, 2016