Peter N. Letang
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Peter N. Letang, of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Throughout his illness, Peter always kept a positive attitude and managed to maintain his legendary sense of humor.
Peter was born in Wilmington, Delaware on March 8, 1948 to Nicholas and Elsa Letang. Peter graduated from Friends School, Bucknell University, and Baylor Law School. He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Debra; two children, Nick and Samantha; his sister Lisa and her fiancé, Kevin of Seattle, Washington and their children Carson, Cooper and Cutter. Peter is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Cricket, who never left his side during his illness and a wealth of great friends. Peter was predeceased by his parents.
Peter spent much of his career as a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice, retiring from the State as Chief New Castle County Prosecutor. He prosecuted many high-profile criminal cases, and he took great pride in his work. In addition, Peter also served as an Assistant Public Defender and Court-appointed counsel. Most recently, he had his own private practice of law.
Peter's reputation as a distinguished and respected trial lawyer was known throughout Delaware. While he was well-respected, he was also loved by everyone. To know Peter was to love him. He will be remembered for his quick sense of humor, and his willingness to help anyone. Nothing seemed to be a problem for Peter - he approached any problem with a smile and always asked "how can I help?"
Peter loved life! He spent many happy hours at the beach in Lewes with his family, and sailing the Chesapeake and Caribbean. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. He also enjoyed a good party and loved to socialize and share his funny stories and great wit. Anyone who had the opportunity to talk with Peter soon realized that his family was his most important treasure. Peter attended his children's school events religiously, even while he suffered from this horrible disease. While he is gone, his spirit will live on proudly cheering on the sidelines for Nick and Sam throughout their lives.
While he had a distinguished and honorable career, he will mostly be remembered for his kindness, humor, and friendship. His life will always be cherished by family and friends - he will never be forgotten. The family would like to thank Dr. Adam Raben, Dr. Mark Garcia, and Dr. Charles Schneider of Christiana Medical Center and Dr. Charles Yeo of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for their special care, support and friendship during Peter's illness.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Peter's life which will be held on Friday, November 30, at 10 am at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 S. Justison Street,, Wilmington, DE 19801. There will be a reception following the service where the family will recieve friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peter's memory to the Pancreas Cancer Surgical Research Fund , Thomas Jefferson University Hospital located at 925 Chestnut Street Suite 110, Philadelphia , PA 19107.
Published in The News Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2012