Let the memory of Peter and his inimitable style, wit and charm be with us forever in our hearts
  • 78 years old
  • Born on September 3, 1936 in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Passed away on January 18, 2015 in San Francisco, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Peter McInerney, 78, born on September 3, 1936 and passed away on January 18, 2015. We will remember his boisterous laugh, his sage advice that came from his heart and his warmth and strength wrapped in an endearing yet indomitable spirit.

Posted by Kei Yama on 4th February 2018
It is three years since Peter has left us and though I have many stories, this is my first entry. Peter was the most gentlemanly gentleman along with Peter Jennings who we chatted over champagne at a black tie event years ago. Since I was an admirer of Jennings’ work in journalism, Mac grabbed Jennings over so that I could meet him. I was speechless, but the two men enjoyed a most joyful conversation filled with jabs and wit. Along came a woman who asked Jennings if they were brothers, even though they differed in their coloration. Both answered “yes” and laughed. It was a memorable evening.
Posted by Dennis Deisinger on 4th September 2017
Miss you Peter. Miss the 328e too. Also, still looking after Bmac for you. Boy do you owe me for that. Chat later. dd
Posted by RICH WIETSMA on 16th April 2017
I have nice memories of Peter. We used to play racquetball together during the Mosler years in SSF. He was a very friendly guy, always pleasant to talk to with a very open door policy. Condolensces to the family
Posted by Amy Grossman on 18th January 2016
Thinking of Peter and his mischievous charm and wit on this anniversary of his passing and missing him very much.
Posted by Peter McInerney on 22nd April 2015
FR: Peter Francis M[a]cInerney, PhD San Francisco pmacinerney@yahoo.com My distinguished loved namesake. Even more handsome than I! Wish we'd met -- had his St. Francis sailboat rammed my South End rowboat we'd done so. Now that I know something of that Mr. P. F. McInerney, his example will strengthen me to work hard not to disgrace our name.
Posted by Joyce (Carr) Berger on 10th March 2015
I am so saddened to hear of Peter's passing. He was my boss at the South San Francisco office. I also knew him when we all still worked at Hermann Safe Company on Market Street. He was always so kind and encouraging. May God comfort all of those who loved him. Joyce (Carr) Berger, Snohomish, WA
Posted by Aisling Murphy on 11th February 2015
Your finally at peace Peter, no more pain. We have comfort in the fact that you are once more in the arms of Mam and Dad (Stephen and Annie) who adored you so much. Forever in our prayers. Love always Maura and Eugene
Posted by Judy Grossman on 10th February 2015
Peter's light will shine in our hearts. His wit, joy for life, love, good food and good times. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. Sending warm hugs, Judy and Gary
Posted by HowRay Grossman on 7th February 2015
Dear Brian, Kei and Bobby, We met Peter 17 years ago. He was a fine gentleman, courtly and wise. A wonderful father to Brian and his brothers, husband to Kei,father-in-law to Amy and grandfather to Bobby. Bobby loved both his grandfathers very much and we will all miss him. We considered him part of our family. Sincerest condolences, Ray and Howard
Posted by David O'Connor on 6th February 2015
With condolences to the McInerney Family on your sad loss. Noirin (sister in law) and I had the privilege of meeting Peter and his delightful family in 1977 on a visit from South Africa. Peter introduced us to the unique history and character of San Francisco. With his humour and charm, he was the perfect host and tour guide taking us along with family to wonderful places of interest. We distinctly remember the Napa Valley wine tours, the beautiful art galleries and museums and Marine World Africa. Then the many delightful restaurants from the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel for brunch to quaint Mexican cafe's. After a tour of the Spanish Missions established by Jesuit Junipero Serra at Carmel we finished off with a little "light refreshment" at Clint Eastwood's Hogg's Breath Inn. With Peters commentary on his beautiful city on the bay, we fell in love with San Francisco. His four boys were fun to be around, full of that exuberance that is so characteristic of happy youngsters. Peter was very proud of each of them. For that short time Peter brought great joy and hospitality to Noirin and I. He will be remembered for his warmth and sincerity and was a true son of Eire. Fondly remembered. "Beannacht De ort" David and Noirin O'Connor. " Some people touch our lives only briefly - while others make a . lasting impression and are never forgotten".
Posted by Ron Southwick on 5th February 2015
I met Peter while I was General Mgr at Mosler in SF. He was probably the best manager I ever had the pleasure of working with. He was always at his best in meetings, was friendly, effective and everyone liked him. I remember going to the US Open with him when he came to my office and said, "It's slow today, let's go watch the golf, my son is working there"...naturally I couldn't resist and we had a great day...it sure was sad finding this news about his passing...my sincere condolences to all his friends and family
Posted by Bob Nodes on 5th February 2015
I have many fond memories of Peter while working at Mosler. What instantly comes to mind was his unique ability to address a group and make every individual feel that his attention was focused primarily on you. Peters’ meetings were always an occasion, people looked forward to seeing him and hearing what he had to say. No matter what the concerns were going in you always left in good spirits feeling your cause was heard an a resolution was close at hand. I also enjoyed his appreciation for fine food and wines. I remember on one occasion after a regional sales meeting Peter invited the group to join him at Alioto’s for dinner. After the waiter reeled off a list of Italian specials he asked for the drink order. When it came around to me I asked for a Coors or a Bud Lite. Peter looked at me and said Bob, this is fine Italian food I’m sure you would probably enjoy a nice glass of wine to go with that Italian dish you just ordered but if you insist on a beer at least please order an Italian one. Waiter make that a “Moretti”! To this day I can still hear him pronounce it with his Irish brogue, More-retti and I still always order one whenever I’m out enjoying a fine Italian meal. He will be missed.
Posted by Will Giltrap on 5th February 2015
Whilst I never had the pleasure of meeting Peter, I met his son Dave, a true friend, to whom I wish my deepest sympathy, and also to his family. RIP Peter, from another Irishman, in Eire. Slainte, Liam
Posted by Cindy Millikan on 4th February 2015
Dearest David & Barbara, Geoff and I are sending our love to you both, the kids and all of your family. We pray for the Lord's peace that passes all understanding to cover you during this time of sorrow.
Posted by Donald & Marsha Bankson on 4th February 2015
I would like to express my condolences to his family and loved ones.. Working with Peter over the years at Hermann Safe Company and Mosler Safe Co. ( the 40 some years ) he always took time to say Hi and see how we're doing.. I will have to say, he was generally just a real nice person! He will missed. ( From one Irishman to Another)
Posted by Dennis Deisinger on 4th February 2015
"People have asked us many times if we miss friends when we're sailing. I wonder if they really mean miss. How can I miss something I actually have? Probably they mean long for. Yes, I can long for friends, but i don't think that's bad or painful. That type of yearning is due to an appreciation for someone and is a catalyst for feeling thankful. Ashore, on the other hand, where it appears as though everything is available all the time, I often miss the feeling of longing." (Deborah Shapiro, from TIME ON ICE - about the Northern Light's Anarctic Expedition 1989-1992) -We will always long for you Peter! Dennis & Siobhan
Posted by Curt Parrish on 3rd February 2015
Sincere thoughts - - Few passings of 'distant' friends have moved me as did Peter's. He was a special leader and friend during a few short years at Mosler ..... a kind and compassionate gentleman. May God comfort his family and close friends.
Posted by David McInerney on 2nd February 2015
The service for Peter will be held on February 6th at 12:30pm at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco, followed by a Memorial at the Saint Francis Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Peter McInerney to the American Cancer Society or The American Heart Association.
Posted by Aisling Murphy on 1st February 2015
Feeling blessed to have been able to share in Peter and Kei's final Christmas together. Even though he was obviously very ill, he still managed to entertain us and worry about how we were enjoying our trip. That's how Peter will be remembered most for his kind and generous spirit. Our condolences to Kei, Stephen, Brian, Mark & David
Posted by Keever Rhodes on 1st February 2015
Dave and Barb, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and father-in-law. I know how painful the loss of a parent can be. May the Lord give you peace during this challenging time.
Posted by Yvonne Andersson on 31st January 2015
Beautiful slideshow with a lovely collection of memories. The world has lost someone so very special. With condolences, Yvonne & Niklas Andersson.

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