Peter Kirill Jr

Peter Kirill Jr

Peter Kirill Jr died March 26, 2024, after a brief illness. He was born on June 23, 1945, in Boston, MA and moved shortly after with his mother and father to Babylon Long Island, New York where they would spend his early and elementary years. In 1957 the family, including younger siblings, Tish and Bill moved to Ortega Forest in Jacksonville. Pete had many passions in life, but none greater than sportscars and racing. Staring with new neighbors and mentors, Fred Brundick and Edgar Rogers, Pete developed his love at a young age, and it carried through the rest of his life. While attending Wofford College, he attended racing school in the summer of 1965 in England with good friend, Bill Hall. In his 20’s and 30’s he raced Porsche’s and Camaro’s in the FIA and IMSA series’ and had high finishes in the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Later in life, he completed The Great Race across the country with good friend, Bill Warner and competed in the HSR vintage series alongside brother Bill.

After graduation, Pete was admitted to Officer Candidate School in Pensacola for the US Navy and did a tour on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. After returning home, Pete began his successful career in Automotive Retail. In his mid-twenties he became a General Manager for the Dobbs organization in Memphis, TN. With stops in Charleston, Mobile and Daytona, he became one of their best operators. After Dobbs, Pete returned to Jacksonville and forged a long and successful partnership with the Sutherlin family and owned and operated several dealerships in the southeast. His accomplishments in the industry were numerous and his work ethic was unmatched.

In addition to racing, collecting classic cars and the car business, Pete enjoyed bird hunting and playing golf with friends and family.

As a young child Pete’s mother took him on a train to her family’s rustic cottage on China Lake. Since, he has enjoyed spending time there with family and countless friends. After retirement, he and wife Katy purchased a home in Owls Head, Maine, where they have been a part of the Downeast community for 20+ years. Blue sky days on the boat traveling to Camden, Castine or Islesboro were particular favorites.

Also, after retirement, he found a new job that he loved the most: being a grandfather. He was great at that too. He took special interest in everything in his granddaughters’ lives, including education, sporting events, friends, and activities. He even taught them how to drive illegally at very young ages. He looked forward to hosting them in Maine every summer. That time was immeasurably special for him and his granddaughters.

Pete was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Beverly Kirill. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Katy. He was truly thankful for her every day. She was his rock. They did everything together: travel, boating, hosting the granddaughters, and even went to the gym together. He is also survived by his sister Tish (Seabury), brother Bill (Annie) children, Maggie Kirill, Peter Kirill III, Jason Burhyte (Suzanne) and Matt Burhyte (Agnes), Grandchildren, Isabela Camacho, Grace Burhyte, Kate Burhyte, Margaret Burhyte and Ona Burhyte, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials in Pete’s honor can be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville or Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston, Maine

A memorial service in Pete’s honor will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 10:30am on April 11th, followed by a reception at Timuquana Country Club



  • jim taylor Posted March 28, 2024 10:00 am

    Pete was like a brother to me.
    I knew Pete and Katy when they moved into Owls Head Maine.
    I was Pete’s neighbor for 20 plus years. We loved Pete… I will miss him but will never forget him.. Pete, Rest in peace Brother!

  • Bill Warner Posted March 28, 2024 11:09 am

    He was a great competitor and great friend. I’ll miss our weekly lunches and his infectious laugh and smile.

  • Robert A MacFarland Posted March 28, 2024 12:41 pm

    To the family, I wish you peace and comfort knowing Your beloved Peter was a loved and respected man. I got to know Peter through a mutual friend Jim Taylor, and he was a customer and we became friends and spoke often . That is the type of person Peter was, where he could meet you over just about anything and become friends at a drop of the hat. Great person and I will never forget you my friend. Rest in peace.

  • Bill Riddell Posted March 28, 2024 5:29 pm

    Pete was one of the best. Always had a incredible smile and laugh

  • Scott Bowman Posted March 29, 2024 11:21 am

    Pete and Katy have always been great clients for me here in Maine. Life in Owls Head will never be the same without seeing Pete tooling around in the ol Willys Convertible with Katy, the grand daughters or the pups.He was always kind to me and I am a better person from knowing him.

  • Bill Riddell Posted March 30, 2024 9:13 am

    I will miss that big smile and that infectious laugh. Pete was one of a few in my life that would just call to see how it was going. Will always be grateful for his friendship.
    Miss you buddy

  • Mac McGehee Posted March 31, 2024 10:13 pm

    I always enjoyed his enthusiasm for racing and his love of his family.

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