Peter Kirk McKnight, 81 passed away peacefully on October 13, 2013 with his wife by his side. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Joan-Sandra (Hayman) McKnight.
Born in Warwick, RI, he was the son of the late William and Mercy (Shirlaw) McKnight. Peter was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Korean War. An alumnus of RI School of Design, he worked as an industrial designer for Ciba-Geigy Corp. in Cranston, RI for 30 years followed by 7 years at APV Crepaco in Attleboro, MA.
Peter was a devout follower of the Lord. A former member of First Presbyterian Church of Providence and current member of Greenwood Community Church he served as an Elder, Deacon, Trustee and member of the choir. In his youth, he was a member of Demolay. He was also involved with the University Glee Club of RI and the Barber Shop Quartet. Throughout his life, in addition to his passion for music, Peter loved to work with his hands creating detailed finish work on his home and building beautiful models and furniture pieces.
Besides his wife, he was a devoted father to his two sons, Andrew McKnight (Debby) of Foster and David McKnight (Pamela) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was a wonderful grandfather of seven: Nicholas, Kevin, Leanne, Elsa, Will, Nathan and Maris. He was the brother of the late William McKnight of Irvine, California and Shirley Cruickshank of Florence, South Carolina.
His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9a.m. at the Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian, Warwick. Internment will take place at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery in Exeter, RI. Visiting hours: Friday, 4-7p.m. at Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800-812 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his memory may be made to Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian, 805 Main Ave., Warwick, RI 02886. Online condolences; murphyfuneralhomes.org