Peter Swift Lesh (1946 - 2013)

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Peter Swift Lesh

Pete Lesh, age 67, passed away peacefully with family at his side on November 21, 2013 finally succumbing to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Born on June 15, 1946 in Stamford, CT, he moved with his family several times before they made the big move from Massachusetts to Juneau in 1960. Pete was a 1964 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School where he was an outstanding member and captain of the Ski Team. He joined the Army in 1966 and served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Viet Nam.
Pete worked at many jobs over the years: construction, plumber, welder, equipment operator, fisherman. He had a sense of adventure that he kept alive even when he no longer could venture far from the house. In recent years he could be found nearly every winter exploring any road he could find in Baja California, often with his mom and dad along. He was always up for a challenge, especially if it was dangerous. Pete will be remembered by many for his creative, gentle and somewhat wry sense of humor. He loved words, puns and playing with language, worked crossword puzzles in pen and could often be heard reciting limericks from memory. He was making his nurses laugh right through his last days.
Pete is survived by his father Jack Lesh; siblings Mike (Marline) Lesh, Jon (Carolyn) Lesh, Jim (Melanie) Lesh, Dave (JoAnn) Lesh, Sally (Tom) McLaughlin, Betsy Lesh and Tom Lesh; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews who loved him and his jokes; his 17-year-old dog and constant companion, Big Eddie and many long time friends. His mother, Sally Lesh, preceded him in death. According to his wishes Pete will be cremated; some of his ashes will be spread on the waters of Icy Strait and the remainder buried in the Gustavus Cemetery.
Contributions in his honor may be made to the Gustavus Cemetery.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Dec. 4, 2013
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