Peter Caldwell Mayo

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Peter Caldwell Mayo, age 60, of Lawrenceville passed away Oct. 10, 2012, in Suwanee, of an apparent heart attack. He was born July 24, 1952, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Richard Henry Mayo and Elizabeth (Traub) Mayo, who predeceased him.
Over the course of his life he also lived in New Jersey, grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received his degree in History and American Literature from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He received his teacher training from the University of California, San Diego. He was in his 24th year of teaching and his ninth year at Sharon Elementary in Forsyth County, where he taught fifth grade math and was a revered Master Teacher.
Prior to that he taught for 10 years in Gwinnett County and four years in the San Diego, Calif., area. Before entering educational training, he managed bookstores in the San Diego area and eventually opened up his own bookstore, Wordsworth Books, in Encinitas, Calif.
Teaching was not just a profession for Peter; the encouragement and education of his students was forefront in his life. He was lauded by faculty and students alike for his ability to teach mathematical concepts and to encourage students to believe they could master them.
An avid tennis player, reader and cook, Peter's house was full of books and there was always a gardening or landscape project in progress. During school breaks he could often be found hiking and camping. He was also an animal lover, "parenting" many cats over the years. His current "Alphabet Cats" A, B, C and D, will certainly miss him.
Peter is survived by his sister, Jacqueline (Mayo) Hatch and her husband Randolph of Wellesley, Mass.; brother, Richard Michael Mayo and his wife Tina Feingold of Brookline, Mass.; nephews, Geoffrey Randolph Hatch and his wife Katherine (Haggerty) Hatch of Frisco, Texas, Stephen Thomas Hatch and his wife Lorraine (Serritt) Hatch of Atlanta; nieces, Meredith (Hatch) Bouton and her husband Owen Capers Bouton of Dunwoody, Willa Rose Mayo of Cambridge, Mass.; as well as six great-nephews and nieces. As part of his close extended family, he is also mourned by Jon Mayes, his wife Nancy Butler and their children Julia and Colin of Lawrenceville; by his school family at the Sharon Elementary School in Forsyth County, and those from Suwanee Elementary in Gwinnett County.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at Flanigan's Funeral Home in Buford, preceded by visitation hour at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Sharon Elementary School, 3595 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. The school is creating a memorial to Mr. Mayo in the D.I.G.S., an outdoor learning environment, to celebrate his life and love of gardening. Mr. Mayo also had a passion for literature and any remaining donations will go towards the renovation of the school's media center.
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Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory in Buford is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Forsyth County News from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19, 2012