Peter Godfrey Leibfred

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Peter Godfrey Leibfred

Peter Godfrey Leibfred, 80, a more than 50-year resident of Laguna Beach, died at his home in Laguna Beach on Aug. 26. His nephews, Dale and Keith Poller, were with him as he peacefully took his last breath on earth. A very special and blessed man, Peter was a long-time member of the congregation of St. Catherine’s.

Peter was born in New Rochelle, New York, on Nov. 9, 1937, to William and Marquerite Leibfred. He was a 1956 graduate of Blessed Sacrament High School and was employed by CBS in New York City before entering the U.S. Army. An expert rifleman and missile technician (specifically working on the Redstone family of rockets), he served in the Army from 1961-1967. He settled in Laguna Beach, where he was well-known and loved as a long-time bartender, having worked at local establishments such as Andree’s, The Cellar and Surf n’ Sand. At the time of his death, Peter worked at Coast Hardware.

Although he didn’t have children of his own, he had six nieces and nephews, the children of his older sister, Patty. Peter is survived by his sister, Peg Leibfred, a resident of Connecticut, his nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews, and nine great-great nieces and nephews – soon to be 10. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Patricia Poller and Roma Leibfred, and his niece, Gina Poller.

God rest your soul, dear Uncle Peter, until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Laguna Beach.


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  1. Dear all,

    I was very sad to hear about Peter’s passing. I was a good friend of his departed friend Merrill Gillespie. I would very much like to speak to someone regarding Peter. Thank you, and my condolences on your loss.

    David Garner, composer
    El Cerrito, CA

  2. Peter was a dear friend and neighbor. We will miss him, but a memory of his jubilant spirit will be will us always. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  3. Missing our outings with you & Dee. You are a true Lagunatic in the best sense. One of the last special folks. A true friend.
    Rest in PEACE Peter. Keep Smiling..You are always with ME….

    Richard Young in the slowest lane. A fellow “TICK”

  4. Peter was my dear friend. I worked with him
    For many years at the Surf and Sand! And we go back to my high school years!!
    He was so kind and thoughtful !
    I just learned of his passing and very upset that I did not know!
    Rest In Peace my dear friend ! Condolences to his family!!
    You will always be in my heart!!
    Love Loesje ❤️??


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