Obituary: Peter Higgins Hoyt

June 24, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Peter Higgins Hoyt of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Boca Grande passed away on May 11, 2016. He was 65. Peter was the loving husband of Jacqueline Lohr Hoyt; father to Calla Hoyt Cornett (Adam), Schuyler Hoyt Allen (Billy), Ralph Woods Hoyt, Andrew W. Melamed, and Nemo the dog; grandfather to Charlie and Liam; son to Barbara Higgins Hoyt; brother to James H. Hoyt (Fofie); sister to Terry Hoyt; and uncle to Elton Hoyt, Andrew Hoyt (Courtney), Dana Hoyt (Russell), Robert Hoyt. He was born on January 21, 1951, to Elton Hoyt III and Barbara Higgins Hoyt in Cleveland, Ohio. Peter announced his presence to this world. Through his life, Peter left indelible imprints on those he met and loved. In 1980, Peter joined Fairmount Minerals (now known as Fairmount Santrol “FMSA”) as one of the company’s original salespersons. Bill Conway, a founder and the CEO of the company at the time, hired Peter and became a mentor to him. As Peter progressed at FMSA, his role at the company evolved. Peter eventually became VP and general manager of all of FMSA’s manufacturing businesses. In July 2002, Peter led a group that bought out the Fairmount Custom Products division from FMSA. Renaming the new venture Black Lab, Peter served as CEO. In this role, Peter and his management team helped grow Black Lab all while maintaining both business and personal relationships with those at FMSA. In 2010, FMSA repurchased Black Lab from Peter and his team; bringing both the business and Peter officially back into the FMSA family. Peter retired from FMSA in January 2016 after a successful 36-year career. Peter was immensely proud of his association with FMSA and was extraordinarily grateful to his friends on the management team who were so loyal to and supportive of him over the years. Peter attended Hawken Middle School, and graduated high school from Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. He began his college studies at Ripon College in Wisconsin, and later earned his undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College. Peter received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Peter loved spending time with his family and friends at home in Chagrin Falls, at Johnson’s Island in Marblehead, Ohio, and in Boca Grande. Peter had a gift for developing deep and lasting friendships. He had the ability to make others laugh and smile under almost any circumstance. As a natural born leader, Peter used humility, heart, and humor as his tools of the trade. An avid boater, Peter adeptly captained large and small watercraft throughout the Lake Erie and Southwest Florida waterways. He was proud to serve as “Commodore” of the Old Boca Grande Yacht and Naval Club (O.B.G.Y.N). He enjoyed motorcycling trips with his brother and friends on day trips through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and travelling with family and friends to other places beyond. Peter was a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan, an accomplished amateur photographer and a highly accurate skeet shooter. He was a staunch advocate and lover of all animals, especially black Labradors. A private family memorial service and celebration of life reception was held May 15, 2016. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell Twp., Ohio 44072 or the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, Ohio 44193 and directed to any of the followingpurposes: 1) Conquering Cancer Research Fund, 2) Palliative Care Fund, or 3) Cleveland Clinic Hospice.