Peter Miller Wilson

January 10, 1969 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 51)


Even in the darkest cold of nights we can still see a star so bright and beautiful, shining his light on all that knew him. 

Peter was taken from us all too soon on Dec 19, 2020. He was born in Rochester, NY on Jan 10, 1969 to John and Patricia Wilson, who preceded him in death. Peter is survived by his 5 adoring siblings, Mike (Diane), Jack (Lois), Abby (Jay), Suzy (Brian), Polly (Art). He is also survived by his 14 nieces and nephews, as well as 11 great nieces and nephews.

Peter proudly graduated from McQuaid Jesuit HS in 1987 and from Bentley College (University) in 1992. Professionally, Peter worked for Charles Schwab on the Pacific Stock Exchange for many years. He transferred with Schwab, to the Boston Exchange. Peter later returned to San Francisco and traded for several San Francisco Hedge funds.  

Peter loved spending time with family, and often it would include large family picnics at Mendon Ponds Park, a location that came to be known to us as Wilson Mountain. 

One of Peter’s passions was music and playing his Stratocaster guitar. From an early age he played in bands, including “Don’t Shoot” (1986-88) and “Daisy Chain” (1992-93). As a left- handed lead guitarist, he learned everything his own way. He was so talented. He loved David Bowie, and the genius music that he created. Queen, Foo Fighters, the Struts and Radiohead were also favorites.  

From childhood to adulthood Peter had many friends and spoke of his friends often. He loved you all, and you know who you are.  

His kind and gentle personality never wavered despite being stricken with MS years ago. Peter fought for the right to accessibility for people with disabilities and made changes that improved the lives of many. Never once did anyone of us hear Peter say “why me”, but we all heard him say “why not me”? Peter was a wordsmith, and had such a smart, witty sense of humor that was loved and appreciated by all. He also had the uncanny ability to bring calm and reassurance to everyone around him. Peter selflessly helped take care of his beloved mother in her final years.  

He adored his cat, Enzo, who was always by his side. Peter called him his “Little buddy”. Peter loved Ferarris, and hence, the name Enzo.  

In more recent years Peter liked splitting his time between the East and West coasts, and often bounced between the two. He lived in San Francisco during his early professional career and it was there he gained the nickname Butter, aka P D Butter. 

When in California, Peter loved taking advantage of all that the Bay Area and beyond had to offer. taking in the city vibes, rocking out at The Fillmore, going to clubs or visiting wineries and restaurants of The Napa Valley. Peter loved it all.  Ludy Khomitcha, a dear family friend, helped Peter maintain his independence. He cherished their friendship. A special thank you to Trisha Borodij for her support of Peter and Enzo. Maureen Zimmer was a lifelong friend to Peter.

A celebration worthy of Peter’s life will be held at a later date.  In Peter’s memory you might consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 900, Rochester, NY, 14620.  (link below)

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring” David Bowie


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