It is with profound sadness that the family of Peter Hughes Kirkpatrick (62) shares the news of his passing on July 7, after a courageous struggle with kidney disease and cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Erma Hughes Kirkpatrick and Charles Atkinson Kirkpatrick. Peter is survived by his brother Jim Kirkpatrick and his sister Molly Raymond, both of Chapel Hill, by nephews Galen, Jared and Asher Kirkpatrick, nephew Devin Raymond, all of Chapel Hill, and by niece Megan Raymond of Santa Clara, California. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Peter studied at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany and at the University of North Carolina. He was a resident of Chapel Hill, NC.
Peter’s life-long passion for the arts and for history, coupled with his avid curiosity and commanding intelligence, made him a talented writer, as well as a treasured source of reference on matters as varied as family genealogy, political issues, or modern poetry. He was a proud and devoted uncle who faithfully supported his niece and nephews in all their endeavors. He was a dear friend to many. Whether it was in his interactions as a volunteer at the Interfaith Council Food Pantry, his camaraderie with the close knit community at his gym, or in his daily contacts with his myriad of friends, Peter had the unique gift to touch the best in each of us. His humor, kindness, and unflagging optimism will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know him. He leaves a legacy that those whose lives he touched were both improved and forever changed by his generosity of spirit, and his deep and abiding compassion for those around him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Church of Chapel Hill at 106 Purefoy Road.
Memorial contributions can be made in Peter's name to the MFNC/Kidney Gift Fund, 880 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.