Honoring the Life of Pete Lacy
We recently received the sad news that one of our APTS family members passed away suddenly.
Pete Lacy III died of medical complications this weekend. He was husband to Jen Lacy (our Transportation, Safety & Facilities Coordinator), and father to Roy Lacy.
Hearing the news of this loss has struck us all very deeply. Pete was with APTS for over ten years and his relationships brought about many staff who are now key leaders at APTS.
Pete was a devoted husband, and a new father. He was known for his fierce and committed love for his family. He was also a serious music and sports fan, having made his obsession for the Dallas Cowboys well known.
Pete lived by the idea of “drop everything for family” often taking trips to support family events in the Carolinas and other parts of the country. He loved traveling and planning adventures with Jen, including concerts and sports activities.
Many from APTS were privileged to share he and Jen’s journey into parenting as they adopted their son, Roy. We marveled at seeing him take on that role with the same passion, if not more, as he had done with his football career and his life long work with kids.
Starting as a running back in high school, transitioning to defensive lineman, then later to offensive lineman in college, he really embraced the commanding presence his massive size had when he entered a room.
Pete recently finished his Masters in Special Ed Adaptive Curriculum and left APTS to realize his next life goals for his family. He had noted to many how living in Hawaii then moving to PG County gave him a very unique perspective.
Pete and Jen tried not to make it “a thing” that they were a couple working at APTS, but he would always sit next to her at any staff meetings, trainings, or gatherings, making us witnesses to his commitment to his best friend who later became his wife.
APTS remembers the day Pete’s mom visited the Alexandria campus. The love and respect they had for each other was immediately evident.
Pete loved people and that’s what made him perfect for APTS, especially when it became apparent that he shared Al’s vision and belief that he could help everyone. He appreciated anyone with a laser-like dedication.
He lived with a single minded focus and looked up to many football players, body builders, and musicians who excelled and believed that there are “good obsessions”.
APTS is grieving the loss of one its family members and we send our love and support to Jen, Roy and all his friends, family, and the many students whose lives he so positively impacted.
GoFundMe & Candlelight Vigil
As we collectively mourn his passing, we want to create a safe and healing space to share our memories with one another as one big family. We will be holding a candlelight vigil honoring his life and memory, Thursday, June 4th, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the APTS Alexandria campus. Any and all who would like to celebrate Pete’s life may join. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their fond recollections of Pete with others whose lives were influenced by him.
We ask that everyone please follow the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing (at least 6 feet from another person) and wear a mask at all times.
In addition, a fund has been set up to provide relief to Pete’s family. Please consider making a donation if you are able.