In memory of
Peter John Dolby
Peter passed away on October 11th at age 84 on a beautiful fall day with a view of Lake Norman at his home while he was surrounded by love and support from his wife and three daughters. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only two months earlier. Peter was born May 13, 1932 in Oakham, the county town of England's smallest county, Rutland. After parochial school, he enjoyed studying for seven years at the renowned Oakham School as a local scholar, then gained his degree in chemistry from Leeds University. He served in the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals stationed in Germany, where he learned to sail on Drummer Lake. In 1955, he joined Imperial Chemical Industries in Manchester, England as a textile color chemist and moved with his work to the US in 1961. Janet Holloway of Lichfield, England and Peter met while sailing on Lake Windermere and were married just prior to departure for Providence, RI where the first of their three girls, Jennifer, was born in 1962. When the textile business moved south, Peter was promoted to lab manager and transferred to ICI's new Charlotte, NC plant where he worked for over 35 years. Sarah and Josie were both born in Charlotte. Peter's interests were in sailing, tennis, and bridge. He was a Commodore of Lake Norman Yacht Club in its formative years and a vestry leader in St. Martin's Episcopal Church. After consulting on a world-wide basis for a decade or more, the family retired to Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC where he remained a competitive sailor, active member of LNYC, and avid bridge player. In retirement he decided to prove that the county of Rutland was the center of the civilized world since many world leaders and events had local associations. He wrote the book to prove it called, It's a Small World. He is survived by Janet and his daughters: Jennifer Dolby of San Diego, CA and her daughter Chelsea (7); Sarah Woods of Baltimore, MD and her sons Peter (20) and Andrew Benjamin (17); and Josie and Frank Delker of Carlsbad, CA and children Emma (14) and Marcus (12). A celebration and thanksgiving of Peter's life will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m. in St. Patrick's Episcopal Church (164 Fairview Road, Mooresville, NC 28117) with an informal reception immediately following at Lake Norman Yacht Club (297 Yacht Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117). In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation in Peter's name to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church (c/o The Rev. Dr. Sally Brower) or Lake Norman Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program (c/o Ken Corsig, 1642 Hertford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207).
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