Peter Karl Ness
July 4, 1942 - January 20, 2014
Resided in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Peter K. Ness, an avid sailor and senior member of Bayview Yacht Club, died January 20, 2014 at the age of 71. Sailing was his true passion, starting with his college days at the University of Michigan. He would come home every weekend from school to help his dad and his dad's business partner build their own sailboat from start to finish. They worked night and day in a Grosse Pointe garage owned by an old bootlegger, slowly watching their dream turn into a reality. The boat would be named the "Flying Buffalo". It was a boat that went on to win many races and would become the most highly regarded of its type.
Peter would eventually go on to graduate from U of M with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He then began to work as a metallurgist for Induction Steel, a company started and operated by his family, until it was sold in the mid '70s. Follwing his time there, Peter started up his own manufacturers rep business called Castings & Forgings. The company sold those very items, from which the company was named, for machine parts to different foundries.
Peter married his wife, Sally (nee Seelye) on September 9, 1989 and they have lived together in Bloomfield Hills for all that time.
Besides his wife, Peter is survived by his children, Laura Lynn Ness and Karl Robert Ness (Lynn), his cherished grandchildren, Samantha and Benjamin, and his sister, Margot Ness. Peter was preceded in death by his parents Karl and Hilde Ness.
The Funeral Service will take place Friday 10:30 a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road (Between Maple & Big Beaver), 248-362-2500 with Rev. Dr. Larry Austin officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 3-8 p.m.
Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society or Michigan Humane Society. - See more at: http://www.desmondfuneralhome.com/obituary/Peter-K.-Ness/MI/1333599#sthash.Yo4M1Pii.dpuf