Peter Gina, a longtime Aspen-Basalt resident and former member of the Highlands Ski and Avalanche Patrol, died on Friday, January 23rd in Stamford, Connecticut, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73.
Peter grew up in New York City and attended the Collegiate School and Dartmouth College, graduating in 1963. He went on to receive a Master’s degree from Columbia Business School and serve in the Marine Corps. After working on Wall Street and at Sardi’s, his family’s restaurant, he moved to Aspen, Colorado in the early 1970s. Peter served on the Highlands Ski and Avalanche Patrol while working at several restaurants in the Aspen area, the last of which was Pinions. After retiring, he volunteered at the local nursing home and for Lift Up, an organization that distributes food to the needy. As the culmination of his love of the Aspen area, Peter helped design and build his own straw-bale house in Basalt, where he lived for the last twelve years.
Peter will be remembered by his friends and family as an avid skier, biker and hiker, as well as a lover of wine, wildlife, and his two cats, Emmy and Wyatt. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Leonard Levitt, and his niece, Jennifer and nephew, Michael.