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ALWAY, Peter Charles

ALWAY - Peter Charles Gently passed away in his home in Suisun City, CA on December 4, 2017, after a long illness. "Oh, Peter! We will miss the way you always made us laugh!". His loving wife, Donna (Miller) Alway commemorated their life of 50 years together by dedicating him "from my arms to God's arms." Peter's life began in Buffalo, NY in 1941, the oldest son of Harold and Lew Alway. Peter graduated from Amherst High School, followed by enlisting in the U.S. Navy at age 17, where he trained as a Corpsman. His tour of duty included a deployment aboard the USS Currituck during the Viet Nam War. Upon returning home, Peter continued to work in the medical field at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo. In 1967 he married Donna Lynn Miller (Grand Island, NY ) and continued his education at the University of Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating in 1971. At that point, he returned to duty as a commissioned officer in the Navy Nurse Corps, stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After two years of service, Peter went to work for Allergan Pharmaceuticals in Connecticut, where Peter's first son, Philip, was born. The family moved back to Buffalo for a brief period where son, Garrett was born, then onto California. Peter's professional career in sales ended and he returned to the nursing field in various mental health facilities throughout Solano County, including being on staff at Solano County Jail, as a mental health counselor. Peter was active with his boys in Boy Scouts in Pack 92 and Troop 272. He always enjoyed camping and fishing, and watching his grandchildren grow. He is survived by his wife Donna (nee Miller) Alway; father of Philip P., DPM (Tiffany, DPM) Alway and Garrett P. (Jeannie Falcon) Alway of Eureka, CA; stepfather of John Summers of Victor, NY; grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Brother of Paul R. (Madeline) Alway of Alameda, CA; also survived by nieces and nephews. A ceremony honoring Peter's veteran military service was held on November 13, 2017 by the Sutter Hospice staff and was attended by Peter and his immediate family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held at Sacramento Valley Veteran's Cemetery in Dixon, CA on January 2, 2018. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association 1060 La Avenida Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 or California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, 3841 North Freeway Blvd., Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA 95834 or the Diabetes Association in honor of Peter C. Alway. Rest in peace, Peter. We love you. You will be missed. Your online condolences may be shared at

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