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Marion "Peter" Laughlin

LAUGHLIN Marion "Peter" Coe of Lexington, died peacefully at his home on May 8, 2014. The son of the late Dr. Robert Clark Laughlin and Mary Alston Cowan Laughlin, he was born on July 26, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. After his family moved to the Northwest, Peter grew up in The Highlands of Seattle, Washington. He attended the Westminster School in Simsburg, Connecticut and the University of North Carolina where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Peter served honorably in the U.S Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1968 until 1971. After his military service, he moved to Farmville, North Carolina where he started Mandarin Antiques. He became manager of Boone's Antiques in Lexington in 1977 and created hundreds of clients and friends around the country and the world during his 24-year tenure there. An expert in European and Asian antiques, Peter owned the Saturday-Sunday Market in downtown Lexington along with several historic properties in the West Short Street Historic neighborhood. He received the Barbara Hulette Award from The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation for his restoration efforts in the downtown area. "Pete," as his friends knew him, lived life to its fullest. He was a genuine, loving, generous, and perpetually cheerful person with a wonderfully infectious laugh. Pete loved to travel with friends and was a legendary storyteller. He was particularly devoted to little children and generously supported those who were in need. Pete was well loved in return and will be fondly remembered by people of all ages. He is survived by a sister, Alston Sommerville Laughlin of San Francisco, California; brothers Robert "Adam" Clark Laughlin, Jr., Tri Cities, Washington and Christopher Kent Laughlin of Seattle, Washington; niece, Francesca La Posta of Media, Pennsylvania; nephew Peter Alston Vizzini and his wife, Mary Goering Vizzini; and great-nieces Isabella, Pieta, and Mary Rita Vizzini. His family and friends will hold a graveside service at the Cowan Family Plot in Christiansburg, VA. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are to be directed to Hospice of the Bluegrass (hospicebg.org), 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.


Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on May 10, 2014
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