On Friday, August 7th, 2020 Peter Joseph Barley, a tenderly loved son, wonderful uncle and sweet brother, unexpectedly returned to his Father in Heaven at the age of 22. Peter was born September 8th 1997 in Tucson, Arizona to Kevin and Tammy (Robson) Barley. He is the 8th of 9 children and grew up in an active and loving home along with his 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
Peter was born and raised in northeast Tucson and graduated from Sabino High School. He enjoyed learning Russian and could speak with an accent as if it was his native language. He earned and was honored to receive his Eagle Scout. He was attending Pima Community College to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Arizona. He had a good singing voice and helped a local band with singing from time to time. He also enjoyed reading and coud sit and geek out alongside fans of Lord of the Rings and other books.
Peter was impressive and intimidating as an athlete, known as ‘The Bulldog’ while playing offensive and defensive middie in Lacrosse, people just couldn’t get past him. He then transitioned to focusing on rugby where he thrived and continued to play the rest of his life. His teammates from the Old Pueblo Lions often would say “Pete was sweet until he came after ya!” He was powerful and known to hit hard. He served an important part in both the strategy and culture of his adult rugby team, though most players were older and larger than him.
Peter loved the outdoors and especially being in the mountains and shooting with his brothers and friends. His accuracy with a weapon earned him the nickname ‘Pistol Pete’ amongst his friends, whom he enjoyed spending time with. His nieces and nephews were always delighted to be greeted by his content smile. They adored him and cherished his ability to sit and patiently listen to them talk about their little lives. He had a gift of making them feel that everything they said was interesting and worth listening to. He could wrestle and rough house but also sit and snuggle.
His family called him ‘Sweet Pete’ because of his gentle and accepting personality. His laugh was soft and honest. He had a natural ability to surprise and lift a room with a brief and well-placed comment. He truly listened to and appreciated those who took the time to talk with him.
Funeral and Graveside services will be under the direction of Richardson's Remembrance Center. However, because of COVID restrictions, the decision has been made to keep these events private, for family only to attend.
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