Peter Lazourack Jr. 68 years old passed away peacefully on Friday 4/14/23 surrounded by his loving family after a lifelong battle of medical issues. Peter’s life was full of obstacles but he always seemed to face things with a nonchalant attitude that deemed him the title of having “more than 9 lives.” He was blessed 22 years ago to receive a kidney transplant and 19 years ago a pancreas transplant and had the privilege of living the remainder of his life free of being a type one diabetic diagnosed in childhood.
Peter made sure to enjoy everything he couldn’t enjoy in his early years which was noted in the numerous candy wrappers surrounded by his trusty recliner where you could find him enjoying the history channel, Fox news or a Celtics game. Peter was a lifelong resident of Voluntown, Connecticut and took pride in his family business Nature’s Campsites established in 1972. Peter loved to utilize any and all equipment in the campground and had a true passion for seeing the fruits of his labor by expanding and building camping sites for families to enjoy. No one looked forward to providing hayrides the tractor more than Peter. He would make multiple trips through the camp ensuring everyone was able to enjoy an evening hayride. This is the time of year in the spring where he would begin to get excited knowing that his camping family would be arriving soon. On any beautiful sunny day you could find Peter wearing his typical attire of blue jeans and cruising through the camp on his golf cart stopping frequently at camp sites to catch up with numerous campers with whom he built relationships over the years. When Peter wasn’t in the campground he would find any excuse to take a ride on his beloved Harley and would insist on making coffee runs for all his family and friends. Peter loved to share his knowledge of machinery, cutting trees, chainsaws, antique guns and history of the town of Voluntown, history of the campground amongst speaking so highly of his children and grandchildren which was the root of his pride. Peter spent the majority of his time the past 17 years with his grandson making endless memories. Peter spent time teaching him everything he knew about the campground, his hobbies, trips to the flea market and how to get a bargain, sharing childhood and high school stories and truly holding onto to every moment with his family despite his ongoing battles with illnesses.
Peter is survived by his son Nathan Lazourack (46) of Voluntown and his daughter Jennifer Lazourack (43) of Long Island. Peter loved to share memories made with his children and always had an entertaining story to tell followed by a contagious amount of laughter and his sarcastic, sometimes dark, sense of humor his family truly loved. He is also survived by his “number one grandson” Nathan Lazourack Jr. (17) of Voluntown and granddaughter Kendall Helms (24) of Voluntown along with his daughter in law Heidi Lazourack (43) of Voluntown. Nothing gave Peter more joy than to see his grandchildren and share in their everyday life.
Peter will be truly missed by all that knew him and his family feels truly blessed he was able to make so many memories with so many people. Peter would ask that if anyone could get him anything it would be “a hundred million dollar lottery ticket” and he would split it with you.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to pay it forward to someone you love and continue to make memories as Peter would never allow anyone to foot the bill if he was taking them out as his generous heart would not allow it. He will truly be missed but his memories and strong spirit will live on through the family business and continuation of stories shared by family and friends.
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