Peter George Riordan December 21, 1962 – November 9, 2021
Peter George Riordan, or as some affectionately called him, "Lucky Pierre," passed away peacefully the morning of November 9, 2021. Peter had Fronto-Temporal Degeneration (FTD) for five years. In the years, weeks and days leading up to his passing, Peter was surrounded by family, friends and amazing caregivers.
Peter was a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan, and a loyal Yankees and New York Giants fan. Peter attended Collegiate School in New York and Phillips Academy –Andover in Massachusetts, where he was a member of the ski jumping team. He spent a lifetime of summers in his favorite place, Quogue, New York, where he worked as a lifeguard. He was known for his athletic skills in bodysurfing, golf, tennis, running and skiing. He was an avid skier, fast and fearless, and logged thousands of miles skiing all over the United States and Europe. He was a well-known runner, competing in 10K, half marathon and marathon races across California and New York. He rarely returned home from a race or tournament without a trophy or award in-hand. Peter headed to California to attend UCLA and was a proud Bruin. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in history from UCLA, he built a successful career in corporate finance on Wall Street with Prudential Bache, and then as an executive in the Oil and Gas industry for ARCO in California, where he ran the west coast gas liquids business and headed the ARCO Technology Group. He continued his career in finance and media technology landing him as CEO of the California media entertainment company, Nanotech Entertainment, Inc.
Peter was an extraordinary husband to his wife Patti and father to Megan and Will. He coached football at American Martyrs Catholic School, coached track and field, basketball and AYSO soccer. He was a generous volunteer in his community, serving the underprivileged at OPCC in Santa Monica and St. Lawrence of Brindisi. He led the American Martyrs Parish Fathers' Guild for a decade and was a pivotal presence in the protection of, and relief efforts for, downtown LA retail owners during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
Peter is known as one of the most beloved members of his Manhattan Beach and Quogue communities. He will be forever remembered for his beautiful smile, protective and kind soul and his endearing laugh. He was a stalwart leader in everything he did – his career, his community and his family. People say that Peter lived more lifetimes than any of us could hope for. He lived with grace, humility and joy leaving a beautiful legacy for his children. He swam in oceans all over the world, skied the Alps, sailed competitively, ran the NY marathon, climbed Mt. Whitney, shot a hole in one, and loved his family and friends with passion. He lived an extraordinary life!
Peter is survived by his wife, Patti, children Megan and Will, and his mother Ann Riordan. He is pre-deceased by his father George Nickerson Riordan and sister Susan Riordan. The family will celebrate his extraordinary life on December 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach and in Quogue, NY, at a later date. Please wear your mask and bring proof of vaccination. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Association of Fronto-Temporal Degeneration (AFTD) to help find a cure.