Peter's Story
Peter and Nephew Colin
Born in Rockville Center, Long Island, New York on September 30, 1959, Peter Michael Abbott died suddenly of a massive heart attack on September 13, 2009, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in the home in which he grew up.

Peter was a unique, sincere, genuine, loving son, brother, friend, and citizen who made building relationships part of his life. Non-threatening with an infectious smile, Peter really took advantage of the day's gift of 86,400 seconds to maximum effect...making each day a masterpiece by investing in people and by doing something kind for somebody who cannot repay you. Despite life's daily stresses, he was willing to share an extra cup of tea socializing with all walks of life. What is most admired about Peter is his extra-ordinary compassion and empathy for those less fortunate, and thus the genesis of the Peter Michael Abbott Memorial Fund.

Peter graduated from Contoocook Valley Regional High School in 1979. While character traits shape admirable human beings, character also makes better sports teams and better players. Peter had a passion for all sports. Although a talented basketball player, serving as the captain of both the varsity basketball and soccer teams during his senior year; his real passion came from playing soccer. A star of the varsity soccer team, Peter played throughout the state of New Hampshire showcasing his unselfish team work. Peter's unique approach to team sports was highlighted as a versatile member of the E.A Bishop Summer League Soccer Club championship team. As a varsity letterman on the Norwich University soccer team, Peter experienced many memorable collegiate-level moments throughout New England. A dangerous sticker, one of those moments came with a decisive goal in upending nationally ranked Plymouth State College.
Having lettered in Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer, Peter was an inaugural inductee into the Contoocook Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame on June 5, 2011, along with his three brothers Raymond, Philip, and Robert.

Peter really enjoyed music. The studio band Steeley Dan, Chic Carea, and some Jazz sums up Peter in many ways – more on performance and less on show. Peter spent four meaningful years on the ConVal band in the trumpet section under the great tutelage of Band Director Richard Sanders. One of the more memorable highlights was the High School music exchange trips to Clinton, Connecticut with dear friends Paul Pellitier, Brian Grip, Cory Crawford, and many others.
In 1982, Peter went on to enlist in the United States Navy for 6-years, serving on a nuclear missile cruiser, the U.S.S. Mississippi. Having been promoted to Petty Officer First Class, Peter had a wonderful opportunity to travel the globe and gain priceless world-wide exposure. He would often share those incredible experiences with friends and family members in a very unique and vivid way. Listening to Peter's global adventures, summoned the feeling of actually taking a journey with biologist Jacque Cousteau. His explanation of rough seas, the unimaginable power of the ocean and the barfing sessions that typically go on below deck made us all a bit sea sick just listening to those stories. But rough seas never seemed to bother or get in the way of Peter's life ambitions.
Through persistence and courage, Peter finally found his true passion in life when he became a registered nurse. Having received his nursing degree with highest academic honors from Northern Virginia Community College, Peter worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Phoenix, Arizona, Washington, D.C. and White River Junction,
Peter and nephew Colin
Peter and nephew Colin
Vermont. He filled our lives with wonderful memories and first-hand experiences of taking care of the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans. Peter’s extraordinary compassion and empathy for the suffering and those less fortunate always stood out in his work-related stories.
In loving memory, the Peter Michael Abbott Memorial Fund was created as a way to exemplify the importance of making each day a masterpiece by investing meaningful time in people and by doing something kind for somebody who cannot repay you.
© 2019 Peter Michael Abbott Memorial Fund, PO Box 3132, Peterborough, NH 03458    (603) 446-3745     501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization

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