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The Rev. Peter T. Way

Born: Sat., Aug. 15, 1936
Died: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 10, 2018
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
Location: St. Anne's Parish, Christ Church

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The Reverend Peter T. Way

     The Rev. Peter Trosdal Way, 82, of Keene died Saturday, October 6, 2018. He was a strong believer in the resurrection and of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     He was born on August 15, 1936 in Jacksonville, Florida, a son of the late William Way, Jr and Beverley Trosdal FitzPatrick.

     Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Crockett Way; four children, Kent Stanley Stout (Janice), David Wayne Way, Timothy Michael Way (Jill), and Kristi Way; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; and his godson, Ernest (Gene) Johnson of Schuyler.

     Peter attended the Shattuck School; the University of Virginia and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1972. He served as curate of St. Anne’s Parish in Scottsville, between 1972-1977 and was Vicar of Grace Church in Bremo Bluff, from 1977-2001.  In May of 2001, he returned as Associate Priest of St. Anne’s Parish, where he remained until 2011. He served as the Vicar of Christ Church, Brandy Station from 2012-2018.  In 2003, he was named Vicar Emeritus of Grace Church in Bremo Bluff, an honor that he greatly cherished.

     Rev. Way was known as an outstanding preacher throughout his ministry and significantly touched the lives of many people, both his parishoners and members of the Scottsville community. He tried to be a true witness to his faith in God throughout his life.

     During the late 1950s and early 60s, he was a teacher at the Blue Ridge School at Dyke, Virginia and at Buckingham Elementary School in Buckingham Court House. He began his teaching career at the age of 19.

     In 1961, he founded the Tros-Dale Home for Boys at Keene. This was the first group home in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Peter wanted to establish a small, family-oriented home rather than the large children’s institutions that were then in existence. Since his pioneering effort in foster care, group homes have become the norm. The Tros-Dale Home remained in existence until the early 1980’s. Peter had a strong and lasting influence on the lives of many boys during his tenure as Director of the Home.

     He was active in the political life of Albemarle County for many years. He was first elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, representing the Scottsville District in 1967. He was later elected to two more terms between 1983 and 1991. He served as Chairman for two years. He also served both as a member and chairman of the Albemarle County School Board. In 1991, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he had a distinguished career for six years. He was especially well known for his honesty, integrity and conservative philosophy of government. He was a public servant for 20 years and never lost an election.

     Upon retiring from the General Assembly, he co-founded the Conservative Coalition, a watchdog organization, which was a forerunner of the Tea Party. The Coalition focused on excessive spending by Albemarle County. For several years, he led an effort for fiscal responsibility and accountability within both Albemarle’s government and school system.

     After leaving the General Assembly, he was immediately appointed to the State Commission on Local Government by retiring Governor, George Allen. He served on this Commission between 1998-2001. In 2002, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates to serve on the House Ethics Advisory Panel.

     Peter was active in many civic activities and organizations throughout his life. Between 1958-1966 he served in the Monticello National Guard. He was a member and president of the Scottsville Jaycees; Scottsville Lions Club; and Southside Fellowship. He was a founding member of the Horseshoe Bend Players and performed in a number of productions. He was also a member and chairman of Jaunt, Thomas Jefferson Planning District and MACCCA and a member of the board of Watermarks Camp. He was active in the early days of the Scottsville Youth Baseball League and founded the Scottsville Youth Basketball League in 1980. He was also instrumental in establishing the Tros-Dale scholarships at PVCC, which at the time was the longest scholarship fund of the college. These scholarships continue to be given each year to Piedmont students.

     Peter was a long-time member and activist in the Republican Party, both on the local and state level. His advice and political integrity was sought by many Republican candidates over the years. He helped run the Scottsville precinct on Election Day for many years along with his good friend, S.J. Boatwright.

     Peter led a rich and full life. One of his greatest joys came in the many family gatherings at his home where his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren spent many happy times. He loved his family and community very much, and most of all he loved his Lord.

     A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne’s Parish, Christ Church, Glendower on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

     The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday evening, October 10, 2018, at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tros-Dale Scholarship, (please make check payable to the PVCC Educational Foundation, with Tros-Dale Scholarship on the memo line) 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902; or online by visiting www.pvcc.edu/institutional-advancement/donors/make-a-donation  and utilizing the designation drop down menu and selecting “Other” and typing “Tros-Dale Scholarship.”

     Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.


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Peggy Shanklin
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know him, but I knew of him. Our county is thankful for his service, faith, and contributions. He will be greatly missed. To read his obituary should encourage us all to do more. Thank you for him, and the time he gave us. God bless you all!

Diane Cronk
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Dear Mrs Way and family, I’m very sorry to hear of Reverend Way’s passing. As a resident of Albemarle County, I very much appreciate all that he did to help the County residents. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Jim Norwood
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
To David and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Your Dad was very good to me and I know he his welcomed by many in Heaven.

   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
My condolences to the family. Losing a loved one in death is a most difficult experience. May you be comforted by the promise in John 5:28,29 that all those in memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort which gives us the assured hope of seeing our loved ones alive again. As we await that day may Jehovah God give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time.

Silvia Mills
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Will pray for him and his family .Was a very nice person. and main of all loved God He will be with him when the Lord comes the second time to pick us up.

Christian Love,
Silvia Mills

Loretta Werres
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Jane Patterson Pitts
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Elizabeth, I worked with you years ago at the telephone Co. I remember meeting Peter. We moved back to Va. after being gone 43 years. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Jane Patterson Pitts and Stuart. Stuart’s Draft, Va

Russ and Emily Potts
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Sincere and heartfelt condolence to the Peter Way Family.
The church service today was just beautiful. There was not a dry eye as the speakers reflected on the magnificent life of Peter Way.
He was a very dear friend and an incredible role model. Courage, character, ability, kindness, vision, humility were all traits that exemplify what he stood for.
It was wonderful to see the family and to be a part of this wonderful tribute and a glorious celebration of a life well lived.
Peter truly was a man for all seasons and we cherished his friendship.
Love and God bless.
Russ and Emily Potts

Robert Chappell
   Posted Wed October 17, 2018
I sent a personal note to Libby and the family. I was headed to Ireland when I learned of Peter's passing. I would have preferred to pay my respects in person.

C. Grimes
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
My warmest condolences and expressions of sorrow go the the family and friends. May the word of God comfort you during this most difficult time, Philippians 4:6,7.

Jennie Gentry
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
I'd like to express my sincere condolences to the entire Way Family. Mr. Way has been apart of our family's life for over 20 years. He was there for us through our toughest of times. He was generous, empathetic and beyond compassionate. He will be sorely missed by everyone he knew. He leaves behind aLegacy beyond words. There's no other person more deserving of Heaven than Mr. Way... Even though out grieving is just beginning, his is over, and remember, he may be home physically, but he'll live on I'm out hearts.


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