Peter Moeller

Peter Moeller, local poet, died from complications of a broken neck on Dec. 7. He was 67.

Moeller was born in Germany on Jan. 16, 1943. He grew up in Germany and moved to the United States around the 1970s. He had lived in Malibu for more than 30 years. Moeller was a published poet and his poem “Standing on Stone” was printed in The Malibu Times earlier this year. Those who knew Moeller said he enjoyed the Malibu community and liked socializing with people around the city.

“It’s like someone cut down an old tree in town,” one local said of his death.

“He was just a good person that we loved and cared about,” said Moeller’s friend Winston McCalip. “He was a character-he is going to be missed.”

Keith Gubitz wrote in a posting at that Moeller was able to talk to his sister by phone from Germany before he died.

“His memory will live on every time we line up for dinner on Thursday nights and he is missing from the front of the line,” Gubitz wrote. “When the name of our outreach SOS (Standing On Stone) is uttered, his name will be remembered. We will miss his gruff and sometimes stubborn personality, combined with his gentle and caring heart.”

A memorial will take place Friday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Malibu Church.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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