Posted: July 2, 2012 in WOD

I lost a friend last week to brain cancer. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He had a sense of humor that was dry and subtle but would leave you grinning from ear to ear for a long while. He loved his family so much and knew how to enjoy their company. He taught me so much about the importance of family and familial traditions. During a crisis at work where I was working insane hours, he would remind me not to forget those at home. He really drove home the importance of family and it still resonates today.

Just before Memorial Day 2011, Pete’s wife called me at 6am crying and said the doctors thought he had brain cancer. That started a year of treatments that included operations, chemo, and radiation. Infections and fever got in the way of the treatments and by the time that was all resolved, his body no longer responded to the medical protocols. He spent the remaining couple of weeks with hospice before finally passing on to better things.

His wife has got to be the strongest person ever in terms of faith and positive reinforcement when it comes to dealing with something so traumatic. If I ever have to experience something like this for my family, she will be my role model. His kids were able to spend the last year of his life in close proximity so they could maximize their remaining time together. He will be missed, but if I know Pete, he will be scouting new and exciting places to take the family when they are reunited with him.


February 14, 1958 – June 25, 2012



As a memorial to Pete, I created a Tribute WOD and on July 1st, ten of us at CrossFit Tulsa took part in the grind that I will do annually for as long as I can.

2000m row or 1 mile run then
2 rounds of
14 wallballs 20/15
58 squats
6 tire flips (jump through)
25 paralette push ups feet on 16″ box
12 deadlifts 225/155
13 pullups
54 situps
13 thrusters 65/45
12 toes to bar
25 kb swings 53/36
6 burpees
58 double unders
14 dips
2 handstand pushups

53:23 RX’d (row)


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