It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Schmer at age 61.
After a courageous battle with cancer, he was actively working on his bucket list of novel experiences (including international travel and snow skiing lessons) and we hope to honor his legacy by living our lives to the fullest as well.
Peter was born on 11/23/1960 and passed on 12/20/2021. He was born in Austria and moved to Seattle when he was nine, where he was raised. He moved to Orlando, Florida in adulthood and worked at the Office of the Public Defender where he was well-loved and respected by his peers.
Peter is survived by his longtime friend, Britiane, who was his faithful wife of eight years, and companion for 10. Peter dearly loved his furry, four-legged child, Max, who is being taken care of affectionately by Britiane.
Peter is remembered lovingly by his family in Austria, including his brother Gottfried Schmer, and beloved cousins Monika, Michael, Gerlinde and Nicole. His brother remembers fondly that he had a talent for making people laugh and that he would say things at times that were both surprising and astonishing.
Peter is also remembered by many friends and colleagues who respected him and learned from him. Peter’s mellow, easy-going personality was contagious, but he could also be ferocious in court when defending his clients’ rights. Peter was well known for his intelligence and his gregarious nature. Peter’s pride was in his work as a public servant.
Peter loved music (mostly rock, referring to himself as “Pedro, the Aging Hipster,” but also classical music). He was an avid soccer fan and loved playing and watching soccer, riding his bike, trying new restaurants and watching movies at the theatre.
A Celebration of Peter’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 29, from 11:00am to 1pm at Baldwin Brothers on 1654 North Semoran Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32807. An informal lunch will follow at one of Peter’s favorite dives nearby, Johnny’s Fillin’ Station.
The service will be small (limited, unfortunately, due to the pandemic surge) but we hope to see his friends and loved ones there. We will always carry his memory in our hearts.