Peter D Hollinger

October 12, 1947December 17, 2020

Peter’s life was filled with what he loved most, family, friends, the water, boats and planes. His first boat was a small pram and gradually the boats got bigger. He had a trawler, a Portofino, a Grady White fishing boat and a beautiful old 46ft Chris Craft Commander that slept six., plus many other boats in between. He was especially proud of his 46ft Chris Craft with its teak interior in the living room and staterooms. Family and friends had many wonderful trips out in that boat, which was named the “Panecea.” Peter loved taking his boat to the Florida Keys during lobster season, catching and cooking as many as he could. Peter loved being able to water ski every week-end while growing up. He was very accomplished on water skis, as well as barefoot skiing. Peter was an accomplished swimmer and high board diver. He was a lifeguard at the Bath Club on Redington Beach, as well as the Northwest Recreational Center. Peter graduated from Seminole High School, attended St. Petersburg Junior College and graduated from the University of South Florida. His love of planes started at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. After obtaining his college degree, Peter went into the officer candidate program in Pensacola, Florida. Peter then served six years as a Navy pilot. After leaving the Navy, Peter began a career as a commercial airline pilot for 30 years, ending with Delta after the merger with Northwest Airlines. Peter flew all over the world and had many wonderful experiences and he always landed safely. All of his life, Peter had a love for magic tricks. He loved entertaining family and friends, especially with his disappearing quarter trick.

In retirement, Peter enjoyed his family and friends. His best friend that he grew up with John (Charlotte) Brown continued to be his best friend throughout his life. They both shared a love for boats and airplanes. Peter also had a very close friendship with his cousin, Tim (Donna) in Pennsylvania. Many fond memories were shared at the cabin in the woods. Family was very important to Peter and he loved being at all the family gatherings with his niece, Kimberly and nephews, David (Lisa) and Jason (Sandy). His grand-nephews Robert, Christopher, Dylan, and Cooper and grand-niece Harper were also very much part of his life. He would do anything for all of them, as well as doing many things for friends. He loved cooking, especially doing salmon in his smoker. He even delivered it to a dear friend’s doorstep. Peter started playing golf weekly with his brother-in-law, Bob. Peter even had a hole-in-one, which was not surprising. When Peter did anything, he excelled. After golf they loved going to Five Guys together. They also took golf lessons together, even though they were both accomplished golfers. After the lessons, they went to Smoky Bones and always had the same thing for lunch. Peter adopted two rescue dogs, Lucky and Lucy from the Pinellas County Animal Shelter. They were his beloved companions.

As his sister, Trina, I was more than blessed to have a wonderful, loving and caring brother. I miss him immensely and loved him very much. His entire family in the Tampa Bay area misses him more than words can say. He is also missed by his son Joshua (Malia) and grandson Hurley in Washington State.

Please consider making a donation to the Pinellas County Animal Shelter in Peter’s honor.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.


  • Pinellas County Animal Shelter


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Leslie Waters

January 8, 2021

You gave life your all. Your family and friends miss you greatly.
Rest-in-peace out there in the wild blue yonder.
Leslie Waters

Patti Minter-Miller

January 6, 2021

Dear Trina & family,
I’m so sorry to hear about Peter, we were classmates at SHS.
He was one of the good guys.
With sincere sympathy,
Patti Mintee-Miller

Eve Jones

January 5, 2021

Dear Trina, I am so sad for you with the loss of your Brother. He sounds like a very wonderful man.
Know that I hold you in my thoughts and Prayers
Eve Jones

Richard Wanamaker

January 5, 2021

I was indeed saddened to read of Pete’s death. I was a classmate of his at SHS and always considered him a friend. We worked on many of the SHS reunions together, and I have good memories from our group working on and taking part in those reunions.
He was a good guy and will certainly be missed! !!!

Charlotte Brown

January 3, 2021

We are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend, Peter. He was like a brother to both of us- 60 years for John and 50 years for me. Peter was the best man in our wedding. John and Peter grew up diving, boating, and flying. Though I was a novice, I tagged along. I was fortunate that Peter was willing to include me in their escapades. There are so many memories we all shared together. From John’s Navy Commissioning, to my first sailboat trip into the Gulf with them in Peter’s boat. While they hungrily ate the sandwiches I had made, I was heaving over the side! Peter tutored me in learning to water ski and scuba dive. Neither of which went as well as they would have hoped! Regardless, we had many happy adventures together. Peter showed us the only “green flash” (on the horizon as the sun set over the gulf) that we’ve ever seen. John didn’t believe they were real. Peter insisted and magic happened with that sunset! He always did have a knack for making magic happen!
Peter was the eternal optimist as well. There could be clouds all around us in the Gulf. Peter would cheerfully tell us it would clear up. Sometimes he was right, sometimes not, but we always weathered it together. He was one of the kindest, most gentle souls we know. He never forgot a holiday or a birthday. We marveled at how thoughtful and creative his gifts were. We will always miss him and his smile and wit. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Peter, we wish you many more “green flashes” and beautiful sunsets up there. Until we meet again, dear friend, we love you.
Charlotte and John

Elaine Smith

January 3, 2021

I knew Peter when we were kids, he , John Brown and I spent a lot of time together growing up. He was a great guy. I saw him for the last time a couple of years ago, he was going to move to Seattle to be near his son. Still such a wonderful person and I have such fond memories.
Hearing of his passing really saddens me. My condolences to his family.

Karen Apgar

January 3, 2021

Peter was a high school classmate of mine at SHS. My most significant memory of Peter was his smile. I also remember him as kind and friendly, though quiet. I know he will be missed by many of his Seminole High School "classmates".
Karen Von Nida Apgar

Trina Cuccia

January 3, 2021

I am starting the New Year heartbroken, but treasuring all the memories that we shared together. I love you and miss you. You were the best brother anyone could ever have, loving, kind and giving.
Your loving sister, Trina

Evelyn Robinson

December 29, 2020

This is my step father, Peter Hollinger. Many of my siblings and I would like to know if any service or information regarding his passing. If anyone can reach out to us or me to give me any information, so that we can have some closure and peace. Thank you so very much. ( 865) 244-6748