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Lt. Col. Peter Joseph Sarda (Retired)

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Lt. Col. Peter Joseph Sarda (Retired) Obituary
Peter Joseph Sarda

November 6, 1945 - March 17, 2018


Lieutenant Colonel Peter Joseph Sarda (Retired) passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Transitions Lifecare in Raleigh with family by his side.

Mr. Sarda, a longtime resident of Durham and most recently of Raleigh, was born on November 6, 1945, to the late Gertrude Ormsby and Fernando James Sarda. In 1963, he received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. where he graduated four years later. While serving as an Air Force instructor pilot, he attended Auburn University where he received his Master's Degree in Public Administration. In 1976, he earned his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University and practiced law in Raleigh for over 40 years.

His professional life included being a member of the Wake County Bar Association; the North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section; the American Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar Alumni Committee. He also taught Business Law courses throughout his career as an adjunct professor at both NC State University and Duke University. The highlight of Peter's legal career came when he argued and won a case at the United States Supreme Court in 2004.

In his free time, he maintained his commercial and instrument pilot ratings and instructor's license. He would often be seen flying his Cessna 421 aircraft at RDU Airport or his Pilatus at Franklin County Airport. He was also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight for several years, transporting patients to healthcare facilities throughout the Southeastern United States.

Along with his parents, Mr. Sarda was predeceased by his brother, Fernando James, Jr. He spent his life as a devoted husband and a loving father, brother grandfather, and friend.

Left to honor his memory is his loving wife, Patricia Tudor Sarda of Raleigh, and their three children, Meredith Sarda and husband Eric Larson of Colorado Springs; Matthew Sarda and his wife Carolyn of Colorado Springs; and Ryan Sarda and his wife Margaret of Raleigh. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Noah and Emily.

A celebration of Peter's life will be held at 4:00 pm. Thursday, March 22 at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, where he was a parishioner for over 20 years. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church from 3:00-4:00 pm. City of Oaks Cremation is handling the arrangements. Later in the year, his ashes will be interred at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 20, 2018
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