Peter M. Elliot, 59

Peter M. Elliot, 59, passed away at his home in Pacific Grove, Calif., in April 2016, lovingly surrounded by family and close friends.
Peter was born in Oak Park, Ill., growing up in Saugatuck and Holland, Mich.  
Peter studied at the University of Chicago and at California State University, Monterey Bay. In the early 1980s Peter moved to San Francisco and for many years lived between California and Saugatuck where he operated The Poster Store. After working at Dreamworks Los Angeles Peter secured a position at Paramount Studios as a team member in worldwide business affairs group.
Peter lived between Los Angeles and Pacific Grove for more than 20 years. He always took an active interest in politics, starting in high school where he was elected Mayor of the student body.  He worked at holding public and private officials accountable as few can-with facts and firm diplomacy.
Peter wrote a political activist blog, His final article, written a few days before his death, explored the differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:
In 2015-2016, Peter became a docent at the Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. His passion for history and efficacy as a skilled researcher made him a natural and respected public speaker.
Preceded in death by his parents, Elmore and Helen Elliot, Peter is survived by brother Tom Elliot of Zeeland; sister Sue and her husband Bill Brockington of Whitehall; sister Jane and her husband John Granberry of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister Ginger Elliot and her life partner Cathy Jones of San Francisco; niece Melissa Brockington of Ann Arbor; nephew Matthew and his wife Liz Brockington of Rochester Hills; and Peter's best friend Patrick V. Brown of Pacific Grove.
Peter's compassionate and loving nature, his authenticity and focused presence will be missed beyond what words can convey. Peter Meredith Elliot was deeply loved by many and his life was a life well lived.
An open house is scheduled for Aug. 20, in the Douglas Schoolhouse Gardens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Peter's friends to meet and remember him. The schoolhouse is at 130 Center St., Douglas.


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