Peter J. Sahd, 58, banking, nonprofit worker, faith and family were most important to him

By on October 11, 2017

With deep sadness, the family of Peter Jude Sahd, 58, of Lititz, announces his passing that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy.

Born in Columbia, Peter was the son of the late Joseph G. Sahd and Barbara P. Sahd.

Peter’s spirit will live on through his entire family; his cherished wife of 36 years: Soraya (Engel) Sahd; sons: Joseph C. and wife Erica White Sahd; Paul F. and fiancée Kelly Hoyle; and Alexander P. and wife Mai-Lynn Abel Sahd; seven grandchildren: Rhea, Sammy, Lucas, Olivia, Evelyn, Peter, and Jude Easton; siblings: William (Jerry) and Mary Lou Sahd, Kenneth and Deborah Sahd, David and Cynthia Sahd, Edward and Pauline Maksel, Darlene Terranova, Gregory and Janice Sahd, Benedict and Beth Ann Sahd, Patricia Litwin, and Brian Sahd and Tony Wong; as well as all his beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A devout Catholic, Peter was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Lititz and, together with his three sons, was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.

A proud graduate of both Lancaster Catholic High School (‘77) and LaSalle University (‘81), Peter held successful careers in both the banking and nonprofit sectors.

Peter embraced his Lebanese heritage. He was an excellent cook, and thoroughly enjoyed his time in the kitchen alongside family and friends while listening to Frank Sinatra. An avid sports fan, Peter enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, namely the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Chicago Bears. Fond memories were created while Peter coached all three of his children in baseball, football and wrestling. In the later years of Peter’s life, the beach at Spring Lake, N.J., was a frequent retreat for him and wife, Soraya.

Of all Peter’s passions and interests, faith and family were the two most important aspects of his life. He and Soraya were very active members within the Catholic church and Catholic education. He always held close to his heart all the opportunities spent with family and friends. As the family grew, Peter and Soraya loved creating joyful memories with their precious grandchildren. The Lord blessed Peter with a very special ability to establish friendships with everyone he met. Peter’s optimism and good nature were infectious; he enjoyed making frequent trips to Bomberger’s Hardware Store, as these fun-filled adventures developed into stories that were recounted for years to come.

Peter was a model husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend. While Peter will be missed dearly, his family is honored to carry on his great legacy and continue to enjoy life as he did. Peter will be remembered as a faith-filled, selfless, friendly, optimistic, and generous man.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, with The Rev. James O’Blaney C.Ss.R. as celebrant, The Rev. Mgsr. John Esseff, concelebrant (cousin), and nephews The Rev. Chris Sahd, The Rev. Kyle Sahd, and Deacon Tim Sahd. An interment will follow at Witness Park Cemetery, Lititz). There will be a viewing 90 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Peter asked that you donate to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 3810, which always held a special place in his heart.

Condolences and memories may be shared at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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