Richard J. St. Peter Sr., 87

 

HARRISON — Richard “Dick” Joseph St. Peter Sr., 87, of Harrison, died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at his home.

He was born on June 4, 1928, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Herbert and Azelia Martin St. Peter.

Always seen with a wide smile, wearing his flag lapel pin and accompanied daily by his faithful black Lab, Cinder, Dick enjoyed taking the time to acquaint himself and chat with other dog owners in the village. He was a friend to many; always greeting them with a firm handshake and a hearty “Hello.”

He lived a full and interesting life — from being a proud Marine veteran to working as a traveling salesman throughout the Eastern seaboard, with a particular affinity for Maine — to co-owning and operating the Twilite Motel in Ellsworth, with his wife Chrissy. He was very active volunteering in the community, which continued even into his 80s, when he served as distribution manager for a local newspaper.

Growing up in the East Deering section of Portland, he married the love of his life, Christine Adams, a romance that lasted 64 years. They lived in Massachusetts during the early years of their marriage, where they began raising their family, Patti and Richie. Returning to Maine, they lived in Portland, Cumberland (where Dick served on the school board) and Ellsworth. While owning the motel there, they relished wintering in Ft. Myers, Fla. They eventually chose to retire in a small town, purchasing their home in Harrison, where they have lived happily for the past 20 years. They enjoyed hosting and attending gatherings at the lake with friends or at their homes through the years, where Dick’s enthusiasm for good food never waned.

Dick was a member of the American Legion Post 139 in Harrison, and the “Weary Club” of Norway. His cheerful disposition, warm heart and presence in the village will surely be missed.

He was predeceased by his son, Richard St. Peter Jr.; his wife, Christine Adams St. Peter; his sister, Lorraine Doucette Kelby; and his brother, Norman J. St. Pierre.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Vierra of Gray and Land O’Lakes, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

There will be a graveside service held at Calvary Cemetery at “high noon” on Friday, June 24. All family and friends are welcome. A celebration of life gathering will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Richard J. St. Peter to: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037, or New England USO, 427 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02128.

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