Peter Kopher Death, Obituary – The passing of our Brother Peter A. Kopher on January 2, 2023, with his devoted wife Sally at his side, is something that we must inform you of with a profound sense of grief and regret, and we do so with a heavy heart. It is with great regret that we must inform you of this latest development. Brother Peter was born on September 29, 1956, and after being initiated, he became a member of Local One in the year 1992. Brother Peter decided to earn a degree in communication arts because he wanted to combine his love of performing on stage with his natural talent in the more technical areas of the entertainment industry.
His job experience as a stagehand and lighting assistant spanned more than 30 years, and as a result, he was able to share several entertaining experiences from his time spent working in the entertainment sector. He was a brother of IATSE Local One and quite proud of it. Because of the significant amount of effort that he put out on a daily basis, his employees had a high level of respect for him. His work credits include M1V, Silent Library, a one-year run with the Broadway production of Les Miserables, The Rachael Ray Show, Lighting Director for the Jon Stewart show, Project Runway, lighting the big tree at Rockefeller Center, SNL, the US Open tennis tournament, and countless other free-lance jobs.
He also lit the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. In addition to that, he spent a year participating in the production of Les Miserables on Broadway. Peter was an extraordinarily brilliant amateur photographer who shot countless photographs that transformed ordinary scenes or items into subjects that others would love looking at. He was able to do this because he took pictures with a creative eye. Honors were bestowed to him in recognition of his photographic work. In addition to that, he was an avid swimmer and hiker who had finished the sections of the Appalachian Trail in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
He had a profound admiration for nature, and “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau was one of his favourite books to read in this area. When he went for a stroll outside, that was the time when he was most likely to have an encounter with his true self. He had two beautiful rescue cats named Cassie and Prudence, both of whom he cherished very dearly, and he had a strong affection for all kinds of animals. Cassie and Prudence were both named after American women. In each of the roles that he played within the family — son, brother, father, and husband — he was known for his warm and kind nature.