Alaska state Sen. Peter Micchiche and his sister, longtime KTUU-Channel 2 news anchor Maria Downey, lost their father “Pete” on Saturday, Oct 26. Pete was 83 years old. A celebration of his life will occur on Nov. 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland Park, Florida.
Here’s the Facebook post that Sen. Micchiche wrote about his father:
“My Father passed away Saturday and I will likely be out of touch for the next few days. Peter Frank Micciche (June 1, 1930 – October 26, 2013) lived all 83 years teaching my family to be better people, to care about those that need us most and to always take the time to do the right thing. I know where he is right now, but miss him nonetheless.
He and Mom spent 62 years together through thick and thin; they never believed in a Plan B for their marriage and taught us the same. He also served our country stateside during the Korean conflict.
My Dad was a loving, colorful, and very tough individual that was always there for us when we needed him. He was larger than life, and I believe than death as well. He is a big part of me that I will miss all of the remaining days of my life. I spoke to him daily in the last days and have no regrets.
My primary message here? Call the people you love, forget the little things and learn to forgive if such an obstacle exists. You never know when the hourglass will run out of sand and having no regrets is a significantly better alternative.
As I told him the day before he died. I am proud to have had him as my father, and I’m extremely proud be his son. I strongly believe he left us with a legacy and the philosophy that helps make the world a better place.”
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