NORFOLK 'Uncle Pete' would not have had it any other way. In a celebration of life set at the Norfolk Waterside Convention Center, hundreds from all over Hampton Roads turned out to say farewell to the First Citizen of Norfolk.
Pete Decker, affectionately known as 'Uncle Pete,' was laid to rest Monday. He was a well-known Norfolk attorney, judge, and philanthropist.
On Friday, he lost a four-year battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Upon arrival at the convention center, visitors were greeted by members of the Norfolk State University marching band. Inside the venue, images of Decker, his wife Bess and their sons were flashed on large screens.
Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim paid tribute to Decker. He spoke of all the causes, people, places and things that he had helped improve over the course of his life. Mayor Fraim told the audience 'Uncle Pete' had raised so much money for St. Jude's Children hospital that the hospital has lost count. There is an estimate that Decker may have been responsible for $100 million dollars in contributions over the years.
The formal program ended with a song from Paul Decker, Pete's son, who sang a wonderful tribute to his mother, Bess Decker.