A Life of Service
Pete Pink began his lifelong association with the YMCA at the age of 7 as a day camper at Tippecanoe. He enjoyed his youth membership at the Schenectady Y so much that he enrolled in Springfield College to prepare for a YMCA career. Upon graduating from Springfield College in 1965, and completing a Leadership Program at Silver Bay Association, Pete started his 42-year professional YMCA career as a Physical Director at the Schenectady Y.
As Associate Executive Director and eventually Executive Director of the Schenectady YMCA, Pete organized the Early Bird Golf League, expanded Day Care and Childcare throughout Schenectady County, oversaw the Backyard Pool Program developed Corporate Memberships, and helped the Y grow in community presence, especially by bringing aerobic exercise classes to firehouses, schools, and other community locations.
Pete was very involved in the formation of the Capital District YMCA, which consolidated Schenectady, Albany, and Troy. It is because of the efforts of dedicated Y leaders like Pete that there is a Capital District YMCA today.
Pete Will Be Remembered
Pete will be remembered most for bringing people together to support the Y. Pete’s gift was his ability to engage people from all walks of life whose lives have been profoundly changed, influenced and enhanced by their participation in and commitment to the Y.
Pete exemplified the true meaning of the Y mission: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Pete will be deeply missed by all who knew him.