, Newburyport, MA

September 27, 2012

Peter Ray Sutton, 84

Old Orchard Beach, Maine — Peter Ray Sutton, 84, of Boxford, died September 13 in Worcester. Husband of the late Jean Sager Sutton, Peter leaves four children, Virginia Hundley of Cheshire, Conn., Shepard Sutton of Lebanon, N.H., Mark Sutton of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and Sarah Dorfman of Northbridge. He is the cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren, Tyler, Sam and Wesley Hundley, Hayden, Major and Creighton Dorfman, and Scott and Alex Sponseller.

Originally from Buffalo N.Y., Peter attended Ridley College during his elementary years and attended Governor Dummer Academy (now known as The Governor's Academy) for his secondary education. At GDA, Peter was captain of the football and hockey teams. He was awarded the Goodwin Athletic prize as the outstanding athlete of his class of 1947. After high school, Peter sailed around the world on the Brigantine “Yankee”. During his sail around the globe, Peter took video footage that was later requested by, and donated to, the Mystic Seaport Museum located in Mystic, Conn. After returning from his global adventure, Peter earned a living giving public lectures documenting his experiences. He attended Bates College and later served in the Korean War.

After briefly teaching and coaching at Governor Dummer Academy, he started his own successful business, known as the Peter R. Sutton Company, serving as a manufacturer’s representative where he and his team marketed marine hardware to industry retailers. During semi-retirement, he owned and operated the local franchise of the Invisible Fence Company for Essex County and retired in 2003. Peter had a great love for animals and eventually operated a pet sitting business known as Pete’s Pet Care in Boxford. He quickly became a local favorite.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a foundation to be established at Governor’s Academy which will honor Peter by placing a memorial bench on the campus. Details of that foundation will be announced at his service which will take place in the chapel at the Academy located at 1 Elm Street in Newbury on October 14 at 2 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Twomey, LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home of Newburyport. For online condolences please visit our website at