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Friday, June 24, 2022

Peter Arthur Gearing

Peter Arthur Gearing died peacefully on May 28, 2022, after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on March 22, 1939, in the Village of Portscatho in the Cornwall section of England.

In 1955 at the tender age of fifteen and ten months, Pete joined the Royal Navy’s Apprentice Engineering Program. Upon completion of training, he was assigned shipboard duty aboard the HMS Forth, stationed at the submarine base in Malta. He also did tours of duty aboard the HMS Hermes, aircraft carrier, and the frigate HMS Lowestoft.

At age twenty-three Pete obtained Chief Petty Officer rating and later joined the submarine services having done tours on the submarine Odin ad Osiris. His position was Chief, and he oversaw all mechanical systems not related to propulsion. In 1987 and 1988 Pete was a crew member aboard the HMS Superb that came to the United States to participate in sound drills off Andros Island. It was during this time he met his future wife, Marge, while she was vacationing in Fort Lauderdale with her daughter. That same year Pete was aboard one of the three NATO subs that surfaced at the North Pole.

In 1988 Pete left the Navy and married the love of his life, Marge Roundtree. They initially settled in Dobbs Ferry, New York, but returned to Florida later that year. He worked as the Director of Maintenance at a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, and managed an exclusive condominium in Highland Beach, Florida, before ultimately retiring.

Pete was predeceased by a daughter, Annelise Spinelli. He is survived by his loving wife, Marge, of Mount Dora, Florida, a son Chris (Liz) Gearing and daughter Caroline Gearing, who live in the United Kingdom, and son-in-law, William D. Spinelli, Jr., of Wappingers Falls, New York. In addition, Pete is survived by grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Prahach and Alexis and Billy Spinelli of Wappingers Falls, New York, and Charlie, Freddy and Samantha Gearing of the United Kingdom.