[Coral-List] Passing of Peter Gayle

Phillip Dustan phil.dustan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 17:08:50 UTC 2020

Dear Listers,
I'd like to echo BIll Precht's sentiments about Peter Gayle.
I never got to dive with him but enjoyed his welcoming company, and
critical thinkin.,
We also shared a love for new gadgets - cameras, tools, or just fun things
as well the Discovery Bay Marine Lab.
Unknown to many of us, Peter posessed a wonderful baritone voice which he
exercised as a member of his church.
We will all miss him.

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 12:33 PM William Precht via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> To all.
> With deep sorrow I wanted to inform the coral reef and scientific dive
> community of the passing of Peter Gayle from Discovery Bay Marine
> Laboratory.
> Peter was a dear friend of mine. I first met Peter at Discovery Bay in the
> mid-1980s and we have been friends ever since.
> We took a tri-mix tech diving course together, we did a bunch of dives off
> the north coast of Jamaica to depths I shouldn’t talk about - when he was
> working on his graduate thesis at UWI, and he got me to play on a local
> cricket team in St Anne’s Parrish when I was in town.
> Over the past decade or so he got actively engaged in coral restoration and
> relocation projects and would constantly pick my brain to learn all that he
> could about the subject.  We stayed close via email over the last few
> years. The last time I saw him was at the Coral Reef Futures meeting in Key
> Largo in December 2018. Although his health was not great and he was
> confined to a wheelchair at the meeting he still had a very positive
> outlook towards the future.
> I have enclosed below the text from a UWI press release that I received
> from a friend this week.
> ———————————
> The University of the West Indies, Mona, regrets to inform you that one of
> our colleagues, Mr Peter Hope Marshal Gayle, passed away on Friday April
> 17, 2020.
> Mr. Gayle was employed as the Principal Scientific Officer at the
> UWI’s Discovery
> Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML), having assumed responsibilities there in
> 1985.
> In addition to overseeing scientific operations, Peter ran the DBML’s SCUBA
> diving programme, operated and maintained the lab’s ageing “Perry”
> Recompression Chamber and oversaw the treatment of more than 380 dive
> accident patients between 1985 to 2012 and led the effort to install and
> commission the new HYTECH Hyperbaric Chamber which was opened in 2013.  He
> was the UWI’s representative on the Board of the Association of the Marine
> Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) for over 15 years.
> Peter served with the Jamaica Defence Force National Reserve in the Coast
> Guard for 20 years where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant (senior grade).
> In his spare time he sang bass with the St. Ann’s Bay Singers and as a
> soloist.
> ————-
> Respectfully
> Bill Precht
> --
> William F. Precht
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> you have”
> Bob Marley
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