The Very Rev. Peter Bourdukofsky

The Very Rev. Peter Bourdukofsky, 61, died at Alaska Regional Hospital here of complications from pneumonia on March 12, 2005.

Born May 27, 1943, in the Funter Bay Internment Camp, Admiralty Island, AK, to George and Mary Bourdukofsky, Father Peter lived on St. Paul Island for
16 years and in Anchorage for 35 years. The last seven years, he lived in Unalaska.

A graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, he continued his studies at the Haskell Indian Nations Junior College and Saint Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kodiak, AK.

After 31 years of service, he retired as a civil service supervisor of the V&W shop at Fort Richardson. He was ordained to the diaconate on November 15, 1987. Four years later he was elevated to the rank of protodeacon. He was ordained to the holy priesthood on November 28, 1993 and elevated to the rank of archpriest in 2002.

Most recently, he served as rector of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Unalaska and as dean of the Unalaska Deanery.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; mother, Mary Bourdukofsky; children, Daniel and Cynthia Henry, Brian and Karen McIntire, and Mark Bourdukofsky; brothers and sisters, Jason and Chauncina Bourdukofsky, Katherine and Greg Fratis, Dennis Bourdukofsky, Eugene and Mary Janice Bourdukofsky, and Thomas and Samantha Bourdukofsky; adopted children; the Rev. Peter and Diane Chris; grandchildren, David and Peter Henry, Brandon and Tyler McIntire, and Benjamin Bourdukofsky; adopted grandchildren, Abigail and Jerimiah Chris; and many relatives, godchildren and friends.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Saint Innocent Cathedral, 401 Turpin Road, Anchorage. A Memorial will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. His Grace, Bishop Nikolai of Sitka, Anchorage, and Alaksa will preside at funeral services at the cathedral on Thursday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be announced later this spring.

Memorial donations for scholarships may be sent to Saint Herman’s Seminary,
414 Mission Road, Kodiak 99615.

May Father Peter’s memory be eternal!