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Peter Pallas

Peter was the only child of Bill and Jenny Pallas of Sunderland. England. Peter grew up in Sunderland and worked initially as an electrician in the coal mines of County Durham. He then joined the Merchant Navy and ultimately became First Electrical Officer with P & O serving on their cruise ships all over the world. After marrying his wife, Gerry Sue, Peter settled in the USA. In 1977 he began his shore based career with port agents Williams, Dimond and Co and he held management positions with them in Long Beach, California and Seattle. The firm was later taken over by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) but Peter retained his position and served in various management roles spending two years in Istanbul setting up a new office. He went on to become Executive Vice President (Regional Director) with ISS covering the huge are4a of USA East and West Coast and Canada. He was well known for his diligence in his work and was greatly respected by those in the industry. Peter and Gerry Sue had two sons, William and James and they had a settled home in beautiful Lake Forest Park near Seattle. Peter was a committed Christian and lived by those principles and they served him well in both his work and personal life. He travelled extensively and always kept in touch with his UK family, visiting his parents as often as he could. A lovely grandson, Peter Lee, was born to elder son William and brought great joy to his grandparents. At a time when he should have been looking forward to nearing the end of his working life Peter contracted pancreatic cancer and battled for several months against this awful illness. He died at the age of 58 years on 1 August 2006. At his own request donations in his memory were given to the RNLI whose work he greatly admired.

Added by: Kathleen Gill on 26 February 2010.

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