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In Memory of

Peter John O'Malley

September 23, 1950 - June 11, 2017

Obituary


Peter John O'Malley of New Orleans, beloved husband of Pamela Diettel Doell O'Malley and father of Rebecca O'Malley Gipson (Ryland Gipson), passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 11, 2017 following an eleven-year long battle with dementia. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Joseph O'Malley, and by his brother, Timothy O'Malley. He is survived by his sister, Angela Catherine O'Malley of New Orleans, Louisiana. Peter was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on September 30, 1950 and came to New Orleans at the youthful age of 17 to attend...

Peter John O'Malley of New Orleans, beloved husband of Pamela Diettel Doell O'Malley and father of Rebecca O'Malley Gipson (Ryland Gipson), passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 11, 2017 following an eleven-year long battle with dementia. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Joseph O'Malley, and by his brother, Timothy O'Malley. He is survived by his sister, Angela Catherine O'Malley of New Orleans, Louisiana. Peter was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on September 30, 1950 and came to New Orleans at the youthful age of 17 to attend Tulane University and to be closer to the music he loved: Jazz. He graduated with a degree in biology and worked for over thirty years as a Medical Research Specialist at Louisiana State University Medical School's Department of Physiology. Peter enjoyed reading and had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, often winning the weekly Jazz Trivia Contest on WWNO. You could find Peter wherever great live music was to be found or there were mountains to climb. When he wasn't walking in Audubon Park or biking along the levee, he could be found planning elaborate canoe trips for his friends, family and co-workers in the Honey Island Swamp or on the Wolf River in Mississippi. Throughout his life, he travelled to many of the National Parks, spent summers at his favorite beach on Tybee Island in Georgia, and finally got to see Paris in 2008. He was a member of the American Canoe Association, the Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club, the National Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. Although Peter never got to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland, his adventurous spirit lives on through the stories and experiences he shared with his friends and family. As per his wishes, Peter will be cremated and the family will have a private memorial service. The family wishes to thank the staff at Anderson Memory Care in Slidell and Canon Hospice in Covington for the loving care they provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canon Hospice of Covington or the Sierra Club. On-line condolences may be left to the family at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.