One of a Kind
Peter G. Decker, Jr. is a well-known name and personality in our region. He is one of those people who seem larger than life when people speak of him and larger still when in his presence.
What is unexpected, however, is a personal magnetism that is surprising in its humanity. The man is tuned in to everyone around him and redefines the word gracious. The affectionate term Uncle Pete - which so many use - suggests a relationship with a favored uncle with whom we feel at once safe and happy. It is extraordinary; he is extraordinary.
A savvy media pro once told me, "Peter G. Decker, Jr. is the most outstanding person in all of this area. No one even comes close, not even close!" He is unique, one of a kind. His personal magnetism, an ability to connect instantly on a human level with anyone, is a gift few have, especially someone as successful, powerful and courted as this man has been for decades.
Just as we all remember where we were on just a few significant dates in history, there are a few people who come to mind as examples of what a human being can be, should be. Oprah Winfrey comes to mind. Warren Buffett. Pete Decker is one of those.
He will be celebrating a landmark birthday next month and we will be celebrating him.
The man's life has to be among the most interesting, even when we don't have the full story. He grew up in a working class family, discovering in his childhood his love of singing with a voice that was a gift from God, performing for his family in the beginning and with Hollywood stars thereafter. A life few experience as they become a successful and powerful attorney at the helm of a prestigious firm.
What is unexpected, however,
is a personal magnetism
that is surprising in its humanity.
His voice remains strong and enchanting singing or speaking and he will perform on stage with Paul Decker, one of his three sons, on July 11th at Norfolks Harrison Opera House with the Tidewater Winds, his very presence helping them to raise money. His philanthropy knows no limits.
Peter Decker, Jr.s name on a letterhead would be all that most charitable organizations would dream about, but somehow he manages to weave untold numbers of charities into the very fabric of his daily life. Even his firms commercials carry his voice asking us to remember St. Judes Hospital, his lifelong focus, or one of a legion of other worthy charities. He endorses, he donates, he shows up, for a host of causes, with passion!
Through all of his remarkable adulthood, he has loved a woman who is his equal, his wife Bess. No doubt the best decision of his life, this incredibly beautiful (inside as well as outside) woman is a testament to Peter Decker, Jr.s ability to make the very best choices for living an exceptional, full life. Bess and Pete have three sons who have also expanded his family circle, a circle that he keeps close around him, glowing in the light of love.
Happy Birthday, Uncle Pete.
Jean Loxley-Barnard and Peter G. Decker, Jr.
Jean Loxley-Barnard has been a writer all her life and studied both sociology and psychology at George Washington University where she earned a B.A. Her company, The Shopper, Inc., encompasses all the Loxley-Barnard family publications - The Shopper Magazines and Doctor to Doctor Magazine. She has been in the advertising, consulting and publishing business for 39 years.
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