My Friend Pete Johnson Has Died

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peter, originally uploaded by The Cay.

I met Pete back in 1994 when Cay and I were living in an apartment complex of three buildings in Pacific Palisades. He moved in across the way from us soon after we did and within the first week he was throwing a dinner party mixer for all the neighbors.

Thanks to Pete we met people who would become lifelong friends and he was one of them.

Pete was one of the most creative guys I've ever met in my life. He got into photography, puppetry, collage, fashion, cooking, and more. He was also one of the most natural surfers I've ever seen take a wave and make it his own.

At the time of his accidental death he was living at the old Pacific Gas and Electric building in downtown Los Angeles. After leaving the Palisades he bounced around Topanga, Venice, and Beverly Hills. I heard that he was planning on moving back to the Westside and I would have loved to have seen him more.

Cay and I could always count on Pete to dazzle us with his wardrobe, his dance moves, and his eclectic personality. Every minute with him felt like an adventure.

He died on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008 after accidentally falling from his fourth floor loft apartment on Los Angeles Street at 6th. He would have been 36 this April.

I love you, Pete! You will be missed.

Cay has a set of pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecay/sets/72157604251939605/
and I have some pics of him here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/nig3l/sets/72157604261749968/

There will be a memorial paddle out at County Line on Saturday, March 29 with a memorial happening in North Hollywood. Details coming.

UPDATE: (copied and pasted from his brother Nate's email)
Please send this to everyone that wants to be a part of Pete's day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me - Nate Johnson (818) 426-8534. Thank You.

Peter Llewellyn Johnson
(April 3rd, 1972 – March 23rd, 2008)
Please join us in memorializing Peter’s life on Saturday March 29th, 2008 at Deer Creek Beach on P.C.H.
(1.5 miles north of County Line Beach / 10 miles North of Malibu Beach )

We will be starting the service shortly after11:00 amand ask that all guest do their best to arrive a few minutes early to assure that parking and the short walk to the beach do not prohibit them from being a part of all the remembrance of Peter and his extraordinary life.

Anyone who would like to speak on Peter’s behalf is encouraged to do so and we look forward to hearing the kind words all his family and friends have to say. We only ask that you take some time to prepare those thoughts in advance, allowing all who do speak to have the proper time.

Also, anyone who would like to participate is again welcome to bring their surfboards, boogie boards, or just swim out solo to take part in a ceremonial releasing of Peter’s ashes into the ocean. Peter believed the ocean was his temple and where he found peace of mind. For this reason he will forever be one with his sacred love and be free to ride the waves for eternity.

At the completion of the memorial service Peter’s family and friends will gather at3:00pmfor food, festivities, and continued remembrance of his wonderful and exciting life. This will be offered to us all generously by Mike Muller and Nicole Jordan at their home.

The address is 22301 Schoolcraft in Canoga Park , 91303. Their home on Schoolcraft can be accessed from either Topanga Canyon Blvd or Shoup Ave. and is one block North of Vanowen St . If you do not have good knowledge of the West end of the San Fernando Valley we believe mapquest will help with more detailed directions. You are also welcome to call Nate Johnson (818) 426-8534 or Nicole Jordan (818) 378-1475 if further assistance is needed.

We thank you so much for sharing in Peter’s life and showing him you care by participating in this memorable and eventful day.

Memorial – 11:00am / Wake – 3:00pm

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