Peter Francis Jr.

1945 - 2002

In Memoriam and in Celebration of his Life

It was with very great shock and sadness that we learnt of the death of our
good friend Peter on Sunday 8th December 2002, whilst he was in Ghana, Africa.

The universally recognised Number One world expert on beads ... his Website has educated people world-wide for many years ... as have his many publications, books and articles, the result of years of dedicated study.

June 2011:We were proud to announce that in an effort to preserve Peter's memory and help make  available his life's works to the public, we were asked to host and administrate
on behalf of The American Museum of Natural History.
Read more about the transfer

His invaluable assistance, freely given in the setting up of this Website, became a personal friendship which evolved from our early e-mail contacts. This friendship led to meeting him personally at his informative lectures in London and his willing agreement to appear on a television presentation of my beads on UK TV in 2000.

See the Video

I accepted an invitation to visit his home in September 2002 and whilst discovering the fascinating delights of his Center for Bead Research in Lake Placid USA, I took some pictures of him at work. A private man as well as an accomplished public orator ..
I well remember him grumbling into his beard about unnecessary exposure.
I sincerely hope he won't mind now.

Here to see the pictures

He will be sadly missed by the countless number of people he has helped, guided and subtly "pointed in the right way" with his specialist knowledge in so many fields,
his passion for beads and his own very special brand of humour.

Those of us, who were his friends in the Bead World, will endeavour to carry on promoting his love of beads and his enthusiasm for research into their origins.

His contribution to the knowledge of so many people is immeasurable
and his name will always remain synonymous with the Bead World.

He will be most especially missed by his family ... to whom our sincerest condolences are sent ... and by all of us who were lucky enough to be his friends.

In all his many postings throughout the Bead World's discussion groups and in his personal e-mails, of which we have many, he always signed off with the word

May you Rest in Perfect Peace, Peter.