NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 25, 2013

Raymond J. 'Ray' Peters


Haverhill, MA — Raymond J. “Ray” Peters, age 89, died peacefully Monday morning, June 24, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, with family at his side. He was the beloved husband for 64 years of Elaine (Cloyd) Peters.

He was born in Haverhill, May 31, 1924, to Eldridge and Inez (Hardy) Peters, and was the youngest of 11 and the last surviving child.

He was a lifelong resident of Haverhill and attended local schools. An avid history buff, just start talking about Haverhill, today, or years ago, and he could go on for hours talking about the city he loved, from back when he was a child to what happened last week.

He worked for Western Electric when they were in Haverhill and continued when they moved to North Andover. The company changed names, and he finally retired after 37 years from Lucent.

Being the father of seven children, he always had a second job, either handyman jobs, or cleaning out attics or cellars. He also worked for Primrose Market, Brockamans and Market Basket, usually in the meat department.

He enjoyed life and could often be heard by his trademark laugh. You could tell if he was at the Merrimac Minstrel Show, because he would be laughing way above everyone else. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Elaine and other friends.

He enjoyed the children and adults around the Christmas season, and could often be seen with his favorite red suit that he wore for 35 years. And that infectious laugh always got you laughing. He might have gotten the idea from his father-in-law, who wore his red suit in the Merrimac Santa Parade for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, James Peters and wife, Louise of Plaistow, N.H., Robert Peters of Merrimac, and Clifford Peters and his wife, Nancy of Haverhill; four daughters, Linda Munroe and husband, Robert of Dover, N.H., and Pamela Pearson and husband, Richard, Sheila Belmer, and Cynthia Beaudion, all of Haverhill; along with 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other family and friends. All will miss him but remember him in many ways.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Paul C. Rogers Family-Scatamacchia Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill, will be Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m., at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill, followed by interment in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.