Peter McDermott, 62, of Athol and formerly of Lexington, died unexpectedly at home on April 17 after a short illness.
Peter, along with his twin brother Paul, was born in Maine to the late Anne (Cumming) and Clement McDermott. He grew up in Lexington, was a cherished member of the Class of 1974, and after graduation enlisted in the Army. Recently, he enjoyed re-connecting with classmates at mini-reunions or meeting for coffee.
He appreciated fine dining which eventually led to a degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston. He loved riding his Harley, although it might have spent more time off the road than on since mechanics was not exactly his forte.
Peter was honest, loyal, and gallant – a true gentleman. His greatest joy was connecting with other people. He loved his son Cole, his nieces, and many old and new friends. He was a good friend, always willing to give whatever he had or to be there whenever needed; you could count on Peter day or night. Peter was happy he had a home with a big yard for the past six years; he hosted three rescue dogs during that time. His most recent rescue is Lucky -- they were inseparable and Peter loved giving Lucky a great life including daily runs at the farm and delectable meals, including Filet Mignon on occasion.
Peter is survived by his son, Cole, of Woburn; brothers Paul and wife Evie of Billerica, Thom and wife Helen of California; Jim and wife Barbara of New Hampshire; his dear friend Vicky Sandiford and husband John of Woburn; his nieces Jennifer, Jamie, Shannon, Caitlin, Natalia and Sarah; good friends Scotty, Jennifer, Mary; and the one who will miss daily life with Peter most profoundly, his dog, Lucky (he’s a great dog and is looking for a new human to love. )
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt., 128/95 Woburn side) on Wednesday, April 24 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Services & Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Peter's memory to your favorite charity.