The funeral service was held on Friday 23rd April at GreenAcres Chiltern.
As capacity was limited due to covid restrictions, attendance was by invitation only. However, a film of the service is shared below. You also may add a personal tribute to Peter below.
Peter was a singular figure for me. He was always kind, gracious, and very funny. His love of history, rugby, and wonderful laugh were infectious. And my time with him and Amanda are some of the fondness memories I have.
His kindness and unflappable good nature are things I will always cherish and hope can one day manifest.
My family and my hearts and thoughts are with Amanda in this difficult time and we wish desperately that we could be there with you all in this moment.
With love and affection, farewell, dear friend. And thank you.
A very dear friend. The time I spent with Peter was always filled with adventure. We shared a love of so many things including WWII military history, politics and, of course, English rugby. So many English Heritage sites visited, a tour with the British Lions in Australia and many President’s Club trips with SunSoft all over the world. Peter was so very generous with his time, his knowledge and his laugh. I will always remember his laugh. As with so many things that he did, he put all he had into his laugh. I will miss my friend but so very many great memories to keep in my heart…
We didn’t see each other that often after we both left Sun Microsystems in the late 90’s but I will always count Peter amongst my very dearest friends. A big happy character in who’s company one could not help but feel warm and uplifted not to mention (in his words) “the best tea boy” I ever had – so sorry we didn’t quite get to have that last cuppa … deeply missed. Bless you dear Peter.
I first met Peter when he came into the Red Hat office in Baker Street for his interview with me, he bowled in with his big handshake and even bigger smile. An interview that was scheduled for 1 hour lasted over 2 hours and by the end of it I knew I had just met a new member of our team.
Peter was passionate about open source and passionate about Red Hat and that passion fuelled his success. I can vividly remember seeing him on stage at one of the annual Red Hat EMEA SKO (Sales Kick Off) meetings proudly receiving his award for EMEA Sales Person of the Year. He stood there looking so happy with a smile from ear to ear!
We had many fun times together over the years at Red Hat SKO’s, in Hawaii and other exotic locations for the Red Hat President Club trips but mostly in the pub after work.
Peter & I both retired from Red Hat in 2019 and along with Mike Todd, Phil Scott-Lewis and Frauke Bonds we formed the Retired Red Hatters group. Group meetings were always long lunches that often went on until we were kicked out when the restaurant was starting it’s dinner service!
Our last group lunch with Peter was in Marlow in August 2020 where he told us all about his marriage to Amanda and how proud he was to call her his wife.
He was a good friend and I will miss him.
I had the good fortune of partnering with Peter on a couple of shared global accounts. He was a smart strategist who worked with integrity, a gentleman and a tremendous human. I am sending my wishes for peace to the entire Green family, from across the pond, during this very difficult time. He made an indelible mark here at Red Hat and he will be missed.
Cole Baker Bagwell
Whoever the customer was, whatever the reason for the meeting was, I always felt “safe” when going to such meetings with Peter : he added the necessary gravitas to have a reasonable discussion and a good outcome.
I enjoyed the post-meetings moments as well, usually sharing a good meal or drinks, appreciating his sense of humor and the discussions about non-business topics.
I will keep the memories of a talented, warmful and genuine colleague.
Bye bye Peter.
Peter was a colleague, a mentor and a friend all in one. His kindness, thoughtfulness and humour always brought a smile to my face. In my time working alongside Peter I had the fortune to be his co-pilot on one of the biggest highlights in both of our careers. Although he’s gone I feel I’ll always carry some of him, his experience, and his many great and unforgetable stories with me. Rest in peace Peter. We will miss you.
I have tremendous memories of Peter during my Red Hat years in the UK, enormous personality and great mentor to me as a fledging sales guy.
Peter had the idea of me presenting on a random topic to help me practise my presentation skills, he chose Tulips as the topic (very topical for a Software Sales Person), this is just one of the happy memories I have with Peter.
You will be sorely missed, sending my love to Amanda from New Zealand
It was a great pleasure to work with Peter and an even bigger one to spend time e.g. during Presidents Club sharing stories and jokes.
Peter radiated the Red Hat Values and I was sad seeing him retire, but this moment is even sadder. I am sure, that Peter will come up in many future conversations with Red Hat colleagues. His hyper positive attitude is what I will always remember of him.
All the best and a lot of strength to the family.
Peter always brought good humour with him, I found his positive energy was a real boost whenever we were in the office together. Peter had a way of making everyone feel valued, he led with kindness. My thoughts and sympathies are with his family.
I had the opportunity to work with Peter in his final year with RedHat 2019. His openly communicative manner, always positive and visionary, set him apart. Summit 2019 in Boston was unforgettable. Goodbye Peter, we will miss you. We wish your family strength and confidence in these difficult times.
Peter was quick to introduce himself when I joined Red Hat in 2014. Over the years many many conversations lunches and drinks, trips to SKO and Presidents Club trips to Hawaii. More than a couple of rugby matches where Peter was always in his element. A dear friend you will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Amanda at this time.
We were friends for the best part of 40 years. My master of ceremony and best man in so many ways.
We worked together. We lived together (or more, he took me in! I was his charity case). We travelled some; golfed more; shouted at countless rugby matches; ate & drank well; debated at length, spoofed always and generally lived a lot together.
He was driven and motivated in business and deserved all the rewards that he reaped. I wish some of his work-drive ethic had rubbed off on me .. heaven knows he tried! Our social time together was much spent discussing the things that we most loved. He was good enough to share his love of rugby with anyone willing to listen and especially me.
He was always SO good to me and my family and he was even my mother’s ‘knight in shining armour’!
He was a quite unique individual. Old school. A gent. A real one of a kind. Strong on the outside but lovely and soft within. Clever, witty, loquacious, charming, direct .. he was way bigger than this tribute will ever allow me to say!
I am privileged to have been in his life and he remains my closest and dearest friend. I miss him, wholly, and I ALWAYS will!
I am deeply saddened too that I can’t be with him to say my last goodbye.
I will finish with the last words I said to him on our last phone call – something that I told him many times throughout our years friendship, to which he never responded but I know he heard:
“I love you Peter”.
Peter was initially my work colleague for many years at Red Hat. We were part of a small group of major account managers and I remember our weekly calls with the boss to discuss our sales prospects and strategies. Those times were great fun and we all enjoyed developing the Red Hat business together and we became great friends out of it too.
Peter was always a big character and one of the loudest members of the team with his booming voice, unique laugh and very notably, his incredibly loud typing as he banged away at his laptop with just his two index fingers. He was also always kind, thoughtful, good fun and a very good friend.
More recently we played golf together, sometimes after work with our boss Martin Lentle, and also since retiring just the two of us. Peter was very good company with his long stories, even when his golf wasn’t going so well (that was quite frequently!)
We will miss you, Peter.
Peter was a friend and a true gentleman. His passion was mesmerising and always drew the best out of others. He never tired of telling people that he sold free software and it always made me laugh. How could one refuse? We took him to the FA cup final and my son was engrossed for the whole match with his stories. He was always funny, a great guy and a pleasure to be around. RIP Peter. Schlaf gut mein Freund.
Over the 30 years Peter has been part of our family, he has enlightened us with his knowledge and passion for history, the open source movement and rugby. He and Amanda have been a consistent presence and influence for our daughters, Lydia and Isobel, from their early years. Both of them even spent time with Peter and Amanda as part-time lodgers at their home in Ham. Peter will be much missed at our family Christmas gatherings in Somerset.
Peter showed such strength and determination throughout his illness and our thoughts and love now go with him for his onward journey.
We thank you, Peter, for your time with us.
Vanessa, Stewart, Lydia and Isobel x
I will miss our talks about the WW1 battlefields and all things on Military history. We never did make it to the lectures.
I will also miss our lunchtime debates on how to right all the worlds wrongs.
But above all I will miss my friend who was always the perfect gentleman, putting other people first.
Peter was a true gentlemen from the first time I met him when I joined Red Hat in 2015. He always took the time to ask how I was and would always give the biggest hug.
I will have fond memories of Peter, from our times spent at UK Summer & Christmas Events, SKO’s to his infectious laugh, loud typing on his laptop and his great stories!
You will be dearly missed Peter!
My thoughts are with Amanda and family at this time.
Peter and I knew each other for many years, personally and professionally. He was larger than life, with a booming voice and a wicked sense of humour. He always called me his favourite ‘Champagne Socialist’ and he just loved to throw little ‘hand grenades’ into discussions like “So, Steve, why do you like to worship at the altar of Jeremy Corbyn?”. He was also a prankster. I used to run Sales training for new recruits in our company and whenever some very young,new salesperson joined the company, Peter would invariably ask them to approach me and say something awful. I remember one young woman saying to me “Peter asked me to say something to you but I just can’t repeat it”. He of course found this hilarious.
So, Peter, my old friend, you’ll be missed for your generosity, sense of fun and sheer joie de vivre.
Peter was a true friend over 45 years from the early days at Hatfield Poly with the bridge sessions rather than lectures and the incredibly stupid stunts to modern days with me introducing him to the delights of Cheltenham races and our shared love of champagne. A man for whom the word ebullient was invented. Sue and I will really miss our shared times with you and Amanda. You will always be remembered.
Peter often talked about Amanda and whenever we met at social events, we always enjoyed a chat. I sometimes joked about how she managed to keep Peter in check and he would have a giggle. He was very proud when they got married last year.
Peter was such a big, genuine, loud, caring and mischievous character; it’s hard to put into few words.
Our old Red Hatters reunions will never be the same now – Peter, you will be missed! 🙁
Peter was a chap with a firm handshake for the men and a massive bearhug for the ladies, either one was given with a huge smile. He was fun to be with and a kind and generous friend. He will be greatly missed but has left many happy memories behind. We will never be able to watch a rugby match again and not feel his presence. God speed lovely boy.
Reg and Pat Flanagan
It is a testament to Peter”s loyalty and compassion that I too can echo the sentiments expressed by others of a true friend for over 25 years. As a work colleague he was on hand to guide and mentor and Peter went out of his way to help in times of need. Always with a twinkle in his eye Peter was infectious in his love of life. It was a privilege and a pleasure to have spent time with Peter down the years so I say a sad but thankful farewell.
I met Peter at Red Hat in 2012 and worked with him ever since in different roles. He was a bigger than life colleague and friend in a true sense. He invited me with a customer to my first ever Rugby match explaining to me the rules. He also got me to bring a camera and take photos of half dressed rugby players. And then there was singing after the match. …
Next major stop: his account was one of our pilot accounts in our ABM program. Peter was a fun colleague and it was a delight working with him and seeing his way of communicating with customers. They said and say, ’A wonderful chap, such a lovely person, ….. what a loss’. Peter was an ‘old school gentleman’. A gentle giant. Kind to people. There were several Red Hat Summits, SKOs and more. It goes without saying that the pilot was successful.
There was also loud typing in meetings and loud calls with Amanda. … And of course one other very cold Rugby match with Keith, Chris, Paul, Tom, … and lots of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. …
Thanks Peter for all the great times. I will treasure those memories.
Deepest condolences to Amanda and Peter’s family.
You will be sorely missed Peter but never forgotten. As a manager you feel the role is worthwhile when you work with great characters and Peter can be fondly described in this way.
A true gent, always smiling even through tough periods. Passionate about so many things and we all have some great Rugby or Golf stories in Peters company.
We were a better team & company for having Peter in our ranks & I will keep the image in my head of Peter handing me the laminated purchase order for one of the biggest Global deals he closed, he was on Cloud9 with a huge smile & twinkle in his eyes.
I worked with Peter at Novell, he joined in 1988 ish and we immediately clicked, nothing to do with me, just him being Peter! Had loads of fun times at work and at play, we both loved rugby and people. His work ethic was phenomenal, as Ross said, I wish some of it had rubbed off on me! His generosity, in terms of his time and his resources were equally awesome, if you needed help in any way, Peter was always there. Running Scandinavia together was often hilarious, but as always with Peter, well planned and driven. If we had a meeting, Peter would always put a sign on the meeting room door, ‘Hurdy Gurdy Team Meeting’.
One enduring memory is watching England at Twickenham with Peter and ‘singing’ the National Anthem and Swing Low. If you ‘ve ever heard Peter sing, you will know that it lacked much in tunefulness, but nothing in fervency!! Full on, flat out, no quarter given, but a heart of gold and as someone has already said, an absolute gentleman. That’s how I will remember him. Rest well old friend.
Peter was such an amazing and vibrant person who embraced life and everyone he knew. Amanda, you and Peter always made my trips to London feel like I was coming home. I will always remember our adventures together.
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Love, Deb, Shaun, Owen and Henry
I met Peter at the Red Hat Xmas party in December 2008, just before I joined Red Hat UK- this jovial bear of a chap in full black tie simply introduced himself and started telling stories. And so it continued- his passion for winning business, his love of rugby which we shared, his generosity, his two fingered typing echoing around the office, his having at least one story for every “team building” session at the bar.
Peter was memorable in so many ways, he embodied the statement- “people may not remember what you’ve done, but they will always remember how you make them feel”- It felt good having Peter in our lives. We will miss him.
(Picture of Peter in retirement passing through Singapore on his way to a trip to Japan to see the RWC)
Peter was a chap with a firm handshake for the men and a massive bear hug for the ladies, either one was given with a huge smile.
He was great fun to be with and a kind and generous friend.
He will be greatly missed by Pat and I but has left many happy memories behind.
We will never be able to watch a Rugby match and not feel his presence.
Our hearts go out to you Amanda and the family for your great loss.
God speed lovely boy .
Reg and Pat
Peter promised me, the first day I met him, that one day he would make me cry…. and he did! I shared the same first name, country of birth and accent as one of his closest friends, who he sadly lost a few years before meeting me. As a strong reminder of his special friend, it took 6 months before he was up to telling me the incredible full story of his dear friend Bev, and by the end of it, following loads of laughs as the story unravelled, we were both crying together! A pretty significant time. What a story teller he was – bringing everything to life, even in death.
I have so many fond and special memories of a robust, passionate and caring guy – a true gentleman, who not only totally adored Amanda, but touched my life and so many others too, with his charm, his charisma, his thoughtfulness and smile.
We never got to have that cup of tea in the garden Pete…. but one day….