Peter Thomas Goehrke, beloved son of John and Jacquelyn Goehrke of Cary, NC, passed away unexpectedly on April 30 at his home in Asheville, NC. He was 32 years old.
Peter was born in Danbury, CT, and during his life lived in Plano, TX, Lyon, France, and Cary, NC, but he always considered Asheville his home. Peter graduated from Green Hope High School in Cary and attended the University of North Carolina in Asheville where he studied creative writing.
Peter’s friends and family describe him as a special, sensitive, curious, magnetic, caring and kind-hearted person, who had a great sense of humor. He was all of that and more. He loved all kinds of music and playing his guitars. He was an avid reader and could talk in detail on many subjects, sometimes to the amazement of his friends and family. He loved going to movies, collecting classic comic books, Star Wars memorabilia, and traveling. Peter taught himself the skill of knife making and many of his friends received these as gifts over the years. One of Peter’s great joys was his dog, Stella, who was his close companion and gave him great happiness from the moment she came into his life.
In addition to his parents, Peter leaves behind two beloved sisters, Brynn Leone (Keith) of Raleigh, NC, and Jane Curto (Ryan) of Stamford, CT, as well as two nephews and a niece: Dean Leone, and Beckett and Emerson Curto. Peter also leaves behind numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and his grandfather, Relton “Pete” Starr of Greensburg, PA, for whom he was named. He loved his entire family dearly.
Peter will be inurned at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, NC in a private ceremony with immediate family. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year.
The family would like to thank all of Peter’s friends and extended family for the amazing outpouring of love and support we have received during these very difficult times. Peter loved all of you very much.
To support Stella, Peter’s dog, his friends have set up a gofundme page where contributions can be made at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pete-stella. Any donations you would like to make in Peter’s memory to this cause, or any other cause you feel passionately about, would be greatly appreciated.
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