Shane wishes to extend deep gratitude to all, for the support, comforting messages, calls, flowers, cards and gifts during this time of bereavement.
Known as Pete to his many friends, Anthony Peter Mallaby was universally loved for his gentle, wise nature and wicked sense of humour. He was a gifted teacher and proudly gay man who bravely bore the progressive ravages of Parkinson’s disease over more than 20 years.
Born in Stockton on Tees, Pete studied at Leeds University, then moved to London and qualified as a teacher. He was a dedicated and valued IT teacher at Holland Park Comprehensive, also serving as Union Rep and teacher governor.
Pete plunged with gusto into London’s newly emerging clubbing and rave culture of the ‘80s and 90s. His sense of fun, friendship and outrageous outfits brought him many friends, both gay and straight, close and loyal bonds which remained throughout his life.
In 2000 Pete met his life partner Shane, but it was also that year he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the early age of 42. With stoic determination Pete maintained his usual activities as long as he could. He defied tremors, whirling limbs and occasional falls, to shop, cook fabulous meals and cakes and entertain friends. Even as his speech worsened, he could still them reduce to tears of laughter with perfectly timed dry wit.
Pete and Shane joined in civil partnership at Brixton Town Hall in 2007 and weeks later Pete underwent deep brain stimulation surgery, restoring some of his flexibility and mobility.
Sadly the reprieve could only be temporary, and as time wore on Parkinson’s remorselessly claimed one after another of Pete’s physical and mental powers, grieving all who knew him. Throughout Shane was foremost among Pete’s carers, and also made sure their West Norwood home was a bright and lively space filled with friends and love.
Brave and without bitterness to the end, Pete died at home with Shane at his side. Already he is widely and dearly missed.
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