Grace Church’s music program, and all of us, have lost a friend. Peter Clegg passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Alexandria Hospital. His twin brother, John, his sister and a second brother were at his side, as were a few of his close friends.
Peter had a history of heart problems during the past year.
Many of you at Grace will remember Peter’s singing at several of our Christmas Eve late services. With great power and artistry he rendered “O Holy Night,” “The Welsh Carol” and other inspiring Christmas compositions. Peter and Organist/Choir Director Dr. Francine Maté have been friends and worked together for over 20 years. Peter lived in the same apartment building where Francine, as well as Sakena and I, live.
Peter received a degree in voice performance from the Julliard School of Music. His “day” job for over 25 years was working in the box office at the Kennedy Center. One of his many notable performances was as the tenor soloist in a National Symphony performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the early 1990s. In the past recent years, Peter had many singing engagements with the Prague opera and in Italy and France.
Singing was Peter’s life.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents. He was 55 years old. Peter will be sorely missed, and our prayers go to his family and many friends. May his dwelling place be in the light of God’s pure love, surrounded by the praises sung by saints and angels.
Our dear friend and parishioner Ed Borcherdt died on May 4, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. Ed’s memorial service was held on May 21 at Grace Church. Ed’s daughter Kimberly Bolt and Granddaughter Karoline Bolt have graciously shared with us the tributes they gave at that service. Kimberly Bolt describes her father as a man of many hats, literally and figuratively. Karoline Bolt’s reflections of her “GrandEd” describe experiences ranging from learning to drive in a cemetery to lessons in courage, compassion, and love.