Dr. Peter M. Kaminski, 66, of Harveys Lake passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp.
He was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Newark, NJ to Peter John and Kathryn Hunt Kaminski. Due to the early death of his parents, Peter was raised in Hanover Twp. by his beloved grandmother, Anna, and aunt, Olga Kaminski.
Peter graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1972. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at King’s College and pursued a pharmacy degree at Temple University. While working as a pharmacist in Philadelphia, he furthered his education graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed a two-year surgical residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Philadelphia and later established an office of Podiatry in Plymouth and Dallas where he practiced for the past 35 years, treating patients and entertaining them with his corny jokes.
Peter enjoyed golfing with his friends, especially on their annual golf trips culminating with the presentation of his original “Doc Awards.” In addition, he was an avid runner, completing a triathlon at age 50. He was excited to travel to Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean with his family and friends. Throughout the years, Peter coached all of his children and his nieces in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer. He also spent a great deal of time boating on Harveys Lake and deep-sea fishing off the New Jersey coast. Peter was a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Podiatric Medicine, a member of the George M. Dallas Lodge 53, a member of the Irem Shriners, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past president of the Harveys Lake Protective Association. He was also a member of Our Lady of Victory Church where he served in the past as a eucharistic minister.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 42 years, Karen Kuchinskas Kaminski; son, Peter John Kaminski; daughters, Katelyn Kaminski and Margarete Kukosky; granddaughter, Layla Ruby Lewis; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Dr. Kurt Maas; nieces, Maria Conley and Kelsey Maas; and father-in-law, Sylvester Kuchinskas.