City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Dr. Peter N. Barboriak, MD, PhD

Cary, North Carolina

Age 65.
Died 03/29/2023.

Dr. Peter N. Barboriak, MD, PhD
Dr. Peter N. Barboriak, 65, of Cary, NC, passed away on March 29, 2023 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Peter was born on January 27, 1958 to Joseph and Gertrude Barboriak in New Haven, CT. Raised in Milwaukee, WI, he grew up a loyal Green Bay Packers fan, eventually buying a share in the team. Peter graduated from Holy Cross grade school in 1972 and Marquette University High School in 1976. He went on to study history at Marquette University and earned his MD - PhD (History of Medicine) at Duke University in 1986.

Peter had a distinguished career in forensic psychiatry and was board-certified in both forensics and geriatric psychiatry. He served at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and at John Umstead Hospital in North Carolina. Peter went on to become Forensic Psychiatry Training Director for University of North Carolina Hospitals, Unit Clinical Director at Central Regional Hospital, and Director of the Forensics Division at Broughton Hospital in Morganton. Often called by the court to be an expert witness, Peter displayed unassailable authority in his field.

Peter was involved in music his whole life. He composed songs and played lead guitar and bass for his hometown garage band, the Dirty Dogs, in the late 1970s and in the Triangle-based indie band, The Montegoes, in the mid-1980s. His love of music was reflected in his turn as a disc jockey at the Duke college radio station and his prodigious collection of vintage guitars, amplifiers, and electronic effects.

Peter was a voracious reader. He loved all history books but enjoyed fiction as well. He was especially interested in  English history. Peter was also the family historian, with a keen memory of stories about growing up in 1960s Milwaukee. He cultivated in his nieces and nephews a love of guitars, synths, and Doctor Who, and he loved discussing new sci-fi shows with his family. He was a steadfast, loving uncle, and as a discerning collector of rare athletic shoes, his choice of sneaker to wear or gift was always perfect. 

Peter is survived by his brothers, Daniel (wife Christine, children Josephine and Vincent) and Eric (wife Laura, children Joseph and Emily).

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, June 10 at:

Greenwood Forest Baptist Church
110 SE Maynard Road
Cary, NC 27511

A reception will immediately follow at:

Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC 27513

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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