Peter Edward Sercer Sr.
October 19, 1936 – June 3, 2018
Memorial Service for Col. Peter Edward Sercer, Sr., (USAF, Retired), will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with burial in the church’s adjoining Memorial Garden. The Rev. Jill Biemdiek will officiate. A reception will follow in the church’s Parish Hall. Peter Edward “Eddie” Sercer, Sr., 81, of Columbia, South Carolina, peacefully passed away on June 3, 2018, surrounded by love. He is survived by his loving wife, Lesley W. Sercer, and sons, Peter E. Sercer, Jr. and Paul L. Sercer. He is also survived by his sister, Frances Smoak, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pete was predeceased by his parents, Peter E. Sercer and Marie Blaze Sercer, as well as his siblings, Helen Ross, John Sercer, Richard Sercer, Teresa Sercer, Jesse Shirah, and Caroline Croft. Born on October 19, 1936, in Columbia, South Carolina, Pete graduated from Columbia High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of South Carolina, immediately joining the United States Air Force. After serving over 26 years in the Air Force, Pete became the Director of the Irmo High School Air Force JROTC program for 22 years. In addition to his education at the University of South Carolina, Pete earned a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Education. Community service was an integral part of Pete’s life. He served as a Commissioner of Midlands Technical College for over 26 years and was named Commissioner emeritus. He was active in the Association of Community College Trustees in many capacities, culminating in his serving as National Chairman of the organization in 2010 - 2011. Pete was a founding member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and served on the vestry, building committee, and rector search committee many times. Active in the St. Andrews Rotary Club, Pete served as Club President and Assistant District Governor and was a Rotary Benefactor, 10 - Star Rotarian, and multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He was a strong supporter of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, volunteering as a Gamecock Ambassador and Press Box Assistant during football games for many years. During his military career, Pete was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and other decorations. In 2006, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in recognition of extraordinary achievements and service to the State and Nation. He was instrumental in the creation of the Irmo High School “Celebrate Freedom Gardens and Courtyard,” dedicated in his honor. Pete Sercer was a good man, a kind man. He never spoke ill of anyone. He was a happy man, an optimistic man, and always had a smile on his face. Pete will be greatly missed, but the memories of the tremendous joy he brought to our lives will always make us smile. The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff of Palmetto Health Parkridge and McLeod Home Care. To honor Pete’s life, memorials may be made to the Midlands Technical College Foundation or St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Please visit our online website at www.dunbarfunerals.com to share a memory with the family.
- Memorial Service Friday, June 8, 2018
Peter Edward Sercer Sr.
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June 22, 2018
My deepest sympathies to this family, to Paul (whom I taught in Sunday School), To Pete Jr and to Lesley. It is with sorrow that I was unable to attend his final mass. Pete was a good friend, well respected in all circles of life. He instilled nothing but good qualities and oh what an advocate for ST Mary's, our beloved Church Home. After my divorce years ago he asked me to judge the Miss Irmo High Pageant which I cautiously accepted. As he had previously grilled me over accomplishments (these for his introduction) especially any athletic ones, I revealed I had once won the doubles city championship in ping pong, finished second in the city horseshoe championship and had actually won the city wide marbles champion ship (age 13). Nothing would suit but for him to insert those into my otherwise humble introduction adding as he would do, at the end, much to my chagrin but to the delight of the audience: "What an athlete!" My local friends heard about my selection as a judge and one of the mother's whose daughter would be competing called me to rake me over the coals for want of what she described over the phone as blatantly lacking in any semblance of qualification for such a high honor. All three judges voted her daughter Miss Freshman . Afterwards I recall asking her what she thought of my qualifications now! I can thank the Colonel for those memories. To tell the truth, I would not have ventured into the world of pageants had it not been for his persistence. Blessings to you all. Peace unto you.
June 8, 2018
I remember all of our Class Reunions and after we had a ball, Eddie and I and our wife would go up to my room and we would sit and laugh and have a drink until 5-5:30 in the morning. We had fun and it did not require a lot of effort. We enjoyed each other's company.
Eddie was the kind of guy you could not help but like. He was so friendly and out going.
He will be missed by all.
June 8, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was an awesome teacher, and was an inspiration to my daughter, and to thousands of other kids who participated in AFJROTC and COLS over the years. I know he will be missed, and I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.
June 7, 2018
I knew Pete Sercer for only a few months before he passed but I am so glad I did. I truly enjoyed being his hairstylist at Wellmore. Such a special man!
June 7, 2018
I met Col. Sercer when I was a Freshman at Irmo High School. My grandfather knew him for many years and always spoke fondly of him. He was glad to know I was in Col. Sercer’s ROTC class when I started my freshman year and said that I was in good hands.
Col. Sercer was a great instructor and a wonderful person. He has been one of the instructors who had the greatest influence in my life.
June 6, 2018
Mr. Peter Sercer,
I remember the first time I met you at Wellmore, I told you my name was Bert and you laugh and said that a great name I like that name. You will be missed here at Wellmore.
June 5, 2018
Col. Sercer will always hold a special place in my heart for the guidance he gave to my sons and countless others at Irmo High School. He was a man of integrity and expected the same of others. His influences will last for generations to come as young men and women follow his standards in their lives.