BARSKIS, Peter Andrew, 59, of Deerfield Beach, FL, passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2009. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Peter's family moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1958 where he mastered his lifelong joys of surfing, auto racing and boating. Peter attended Little Flower Grammar School and was a 1968 graduate of Chaminade High School, where he was a proud alumni and avid supporter of the school. Peter was predeceased by his dear parents, Eleanora and Pete, his sister-in-law Janis McBride, and her husband Mac, who was one of Peter's closest friends. Left to grieve Peter is his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 35 years, Cathy Spodnick Barskis, his daughter Lauren, who was the light of his life and his son-in-law Brian. Most of all, the newest joy of his life was his granddaughter, Cameron Kathleen. Peter is also lovingly remembered by his sisters Joyce, of Boca Raton, Florida, Carole of Chicago, Illinois, and his brother Bob (Dee) of Tucson, Arizona. Also left to mourn him are his mother-in-law Yvette Spodnick and an extended family of sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and his very dear lifelong friends. Peter was the proud owner of Deerfield Suzuki for over 30 years. His zest for life was varied and joyful. From his Sunday morning motorcycle rides with Cathy, vacationing on Captiva Island, fishing with his brother-in-law Steve, or patiently teaching the newest drivers in the family, he always gave more of himself than was asked. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Dear One. Your love lives on in your family and friends. A celebration of Peter's life will be held on Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6:00-7:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family will gratefully accept donations to the Dance Program at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, 500 Chaminade Drive, Hollywood, Florida, 33021. Please visit www.mem.com
to view a video tribute of Peter's life and to sign an online guest book. Arrangements entrusted to: Kraeer Funeral Home, 1199 East Sample Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064 (954) 946-2900.