Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of the death of our dear brother Peter DeMott. Peter past away this evening after an accident falling from a tree. We invite the community to wait for an email as to when services will be held. Please hold Ellen and their beautiful daughters in your thoughts and prayers. We thank the Jonah House Community, in Baltimore, for their loving note below. The Grady and DeMott Family
Mary Anne Grady Flores
Ithaca Catholic Workers
How do we say it? How can we begin to absorb, much less communicate, the news we have to share? Peter de Mott did not make it through surgery. He died – as best we can understand it – in surgery this evening.
Peter, well named “the rock”, is gone from us. A rock, an anchor? Both! And then some. We reach out in grief to Ellen, to their stunning daughters, to all the Gradys, to the whole Ithaca community, to the DeMott family that has endured so very much. He was there for all of us.
Lets hold Peter’s family within the circle of our love. And let us hold one another in love and compassion. Maybe it’s the best way to hold Peter among us. How will we make it without him?
Love from us all at Jonah House
As we grieve the loss of our beloved friend and peacemaker, Peter J.DeMott, we take great inspiration from his steadfast commitment to Gospel peacemaking and nonviolence. The excerpt from an article that Peter wrote was read today at the “100 Days Campaign to Close Guantanamo” White House vigil.
Peter Demott, father and laborer, pray for us.
Peter DeMott, peacemaker and faithful follower of Jesus, pray for us.
With deep love and gratitude,
Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker