In memory of
Peter Wells September 25, 1936 – July 26, 2020 Peter Wells passed away suddenly on July 26, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of his family and extended family. A prominent and dearly beloved pillar of the Mendocino community for almost fifty years, Peter was a force of nature. He was an engaging storyteller with tremendous warmth, ageless energy and a profound love of life and humanity that inspired deep friendships spanning decades and across continents. Born and raised in London, England, to Edna Loder and Ernest EJ Wells, he spent his childhood surviving World War II and the Blitz, events that shaped his life and world view forever. As a teen he excelled in cricket, trained as an actor at the prestigious National Youth Theatre and at 18, joined the Royal Air Force until traveling to North America. He arrived in San Francisco's vibrant North Beach scene in the summer of 1958, meeting Annie, the mother of his first daughter, Sydney. He felt immediately at home and thrived in the exciting community of young writers, artists and activists. He worked at the iconic Old Spaghetti Factory where he met his first wife Ricki, mother of Gavrilah and David. After living in London, Spain and Barbados they settled in Marin where he managed the Kingston Trio's Trident in Sausalito and flourished in real estate. He met Diane, his second wife, in Sausalito in 1968 and they journeyed together around the world, including an overland trip across Europe through Afghanistan and India where he had a poignant and life defining meeting with J. Krishnamurti. They made a home in the mountains of Northern California and finally settled in their forever home in Mendocino where they raised Sally, Scott, Juliet and Anthony. Peter was a renaissance man. He was a proud founding owner of the world-renowned Albion River Inn for 40 years, and a writer, actor, composer, producer and realtor. With a spirit of a visionary, Peter's indefatigable belief in a harmonious way of life and faith that we are one human family inspired his many writings, talks, podcasts and music, including his musical Blue Dove, short film The Cage and recent book, Notes from the West Pole. Peter's enthusiasm, optimism and deep appreciation for his fortunate life, and especially his seven children and eight adoring grandchildren will live on in his memory. He touched the lives of all who have been blessed to know him and will be forever missed by his large family and extended community near and far. Predeceased by his wife Diane, his mother Edna, father Ernest Edward James "Big Peter" Wells, and biological father Clarence Scott. Peter leaves behind his partner Joanie, sisters Valerie, Jacqui, Gilly, Trish and their families; children Sydney, Gavrilah, David, Sally, Scott, Juliet, Anthony and their partners; grandchildren Chelsea, Marisa, Ziana, Isabella, Dylan, Luke, Evelyn, Brooklyn, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and treasured friends stretched across the globe. Peter's life will be celebrated in the coming months. Please contact Gavrilah at 415-637-5874 for updates. Please do not send flowers or gifts.
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