Peter "Pete" Magnus

peter magnus

May 5, 1937 ~ August 23, 2014

Born in: England
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Magnus, Peter “Pete” Magnus age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA died August 23, 2014. Pete was born May, 5 1937 in London England. His parents were Charles and Nellie Magnus. He attended and graduated from Oxford & Cambridge Schools in England; and entered the Life and Health Insurance field. He came to the United States in June of 1962, and began working with Victor Business Machines. In 1964, he met and married Mary Frances Garrard; they had one son, deceased of 12/07/09. December 10, 1969, he became a United States Citizen. In 1970, he began again working in the Life and Health Insurance business with Manufacturer’s Life (ManuLife), where, in his first year, he was named Freshman Leader and “Rookie of the Year”, outselling all other agents with ManuLife. In 1972, he began his own Life and Health Insurance Agency, representing several different companies. He continued in the insurance business until his death. Pete was awarded several memberships: National Association of Life Underwriters Code of Ethics; International Association of Financial Planners; President’s Club with Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company; Million Dollar Round table for 4 years; Life Leaders of Georgia; and General Agent and Manager’s Association; He was a Charter Member of the Geographic Society, and was a Leader of Personalities of the South. He received numerous Certificates and Awards: ManuLife Educational & Training Course, ManuLife Certificate of Merit; two Certificates of Appreciation from the DeKalb Association Of Life Underwriters; Occidental Life Circle of Achievement Award; State Mutual Insurance Honor Club Achievement Award; State Mutual Leader’s Club Achievement Award for 3 years; Leading Agent Award from the General Agents and Manager’s Association; National Association of Life Underwriters National Sales Achievement Award, as well as their National Quality Award; the DeKalb Life Underwriters Outstanding Contribution Award, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service. Also, as President of the DeKalb Association of Life Underwriters, was one of the five present while Governor Joe Frank Harris signed the bill into law prohibiting pre-existing health conditions from denying health insurance to a person or employee. Pete was President of the Northside Atlanta Jaycees and was very instrumental in their Empty Stocking Drive and the Children’s Magic Circus; twice receiving the Jaycee Community Development Award, the United States Jaycees Chapter Management and Leadership Training Award; the Northside Atlanta Jaycees Presidential Award of Honor; The United States Jaycees “SPARK PLUG” Award; The United States Jaycees “BLUE CHIP” Award, and Georgia Jaycees Certificate of Appreciation. He was instrumental in organizing tennis tournaments throughout Gwinnett County for the benefit of the American Cancer Society, receiving a Certificate of Merit and a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to the American Cancer Society. He was presented a “Gold Sponsor” Award for his participation in the second Annual Hi-Hope Invitational Golf Tournament. Pete was a member of the McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Pete was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Scott Magnus and parents Nellie G. and Charles L. Magnus. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Frances Magnus, Lawrenceville, GA; grandsons, Blake, Tyler and Owen Magnus of Savannah, GA; sister, July Ramsey of London, England; and nephews Matthew and Christopher Ramsey, of London, England. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1PM at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Dodson & Rev. Julie Boone officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Pkwy SE #1, Marietta, GA 30067
 or McKendree United Methodist Church, 1570 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd., Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Family will receive friends 2 hours prior to Funeral Service at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Online Condolences may be expressed at 770-277-4550

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  1. I love Pete. He has been a dear friend to me for many years. We would get together on a regular basis and talk about two of Pete’s favorite subjects, religion and the children of Mexico. He loved both of them dearly. I will miss our Tuesday oyster eating lunch dates. I am prying that at last all of Pete’s questions have been answered. May God grant Francis His peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Creator well soon remove all pain, sorrow, and death forever! May this promise as recorded in Revelation 21 : 3,4 help you gain the strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead. Philippians 4 : 13.

  3. “Handsome Pete” is a treasure will always cherish. The epitome of servanthood, in all aspects of his life, I have been blessed to have Pete in my life. I look forward to seeing him again. Pete left his mark, he made a difference in the lives of so many around the world. Thank you Pete, for what you’ve meant to me.

  4. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40 This verse reminds me of Pete, because I remember his huge heart for the poor and orphaned. I pray that Pete is at rest in the arms of our Savior, who has certainly answered all his questions. I pray with deepest sympathy for Frances, and for their family and friends that the God of all comfort will come alongside, bringing peace and memories of joy.

  5. Pete will be missed. A true friend to those with less. I look forward to seeing him again soon. Heaven surely is praising his service!

  6. Pete Magnus was more than a friend to me. He was a legend to the people in Piedras Negras. He touched more lives in Mexico than any man I know. His quick whit, determined personality, and giving heart will never be equaled. Now he can rest in the arms of Christ.

  7. I will miss Pete and his infectious laugh and smile. I considered him a friend who would definitely “light up a room” ( even if you wanted it dark). We could discuss anything and did from one end of the spectrum to the other. Whether it was politics, religion, insurance, or family he allowed me to tell him how wrong he was and loved me for it. He was probably more right than me in some of our discussions. Frances, our family sends our love and may God hold you in the palm of his hand during this time. Chip

  8. Pete or “English Pete” as I was introduced to him we be missed. He meant a lot to McKendree United Methodist Church. Pete’s experience in the Mission Field has benefited many and we thank Pete for his service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Magnus’ family and friends.

  9. Pete was a determined, caring person with a heart to serve. He was very open and honest whether he agreed or disagreed with you. Lunches at Frontera or Orient Garden will never be the same. Thank you for your caring heart and now you will know all the answers to all the questions we had during our great lunches. Enjoyed serving in Mexico with you over the years as well. Praying for Frances and your family. I won’t say good bye instead, see you later!

  10. My sincere condolences to the family at this time of deep sorrow.
    For all the questions Pete ever had about his faith, I can only imagine the conversations he will have with our Lord.

  11. I am sorry for your loss. I know it is a difficult time and pray you can find comfort in the days ahead.

  12. Our hearts are breaking for the loss of Pete. He has been a trusted, valued member of the family and now there is a huge hole that cannot be filled. Rest easy friend till we meet again.

  13. We extend our heartfelt love and sympathy to Frances in her loss of Pete. He was a very special friend who was exceptionally kind to us through the years. We have indeed lost a friend. Steve is honored to be a part of the service remembering his earthly life and celebrating his eternal life.

  14. Pete was one of a kind, a chipper Brit, always ready to have a chat or go on a mission trip. I pray he is dancing with the angels today and rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Francis my heart goes out to you. I know he will be greatly missed and I am praying for your church community to surround you with their healing love.

  15. Our dear, dear Pete. Family get togethers will never be the same without your laughter and merriment you kept going. It
    just won’t be the same without your sneaking into the kitchen to grab bites of food before we can get it on the table.
    We are truly going to miss you and we love you. Frances, know that we will always be there for you if you need us. May
    God wrap his loving arms around you as you go about your daily life without Pete. We Love You Very Much!!!!
    Love from all your family.

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