, Salem, MA

June 24, 2013

Peter K. Tirrell, 61

Danvers — Peter Koehler Tirrell, 61, of Danvers, Mass., passed away peacefully at home on June 22, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Peter fought a long and heroic battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was the son of Doris L. (Koehler) Tirrell, formerly of Danvers and currently of Pelham, N.H., and the late John H. Tirrell Sr. He is also survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole and Chris Prince, and Kati and Dan Sweeney; and his two adoring granddaughters, Abby and Emily Prince, all of Danvers. He was brother to Gretchen Mello and her husband, Joseph of Ipswich, Mass., Jack Tirrell and his wife, Karyn Zabel of Pelham, N.H., and MaryBeth Boucher and her husband Roger, of Salem, Mass. He leaves his longtime companion, Sara (Sam) Fiore of Salem, and her children, Dana Fiore of Newbury, Anthony Fiore of Salem, N. Peter Fiore III and his wife, Becky of Marblehead, Mass. He is survived by many nieces and nephews including Joseph Mello III and William Mello of Ipswich, and Brian and Alex Boucher of Salem. He is also survived by his former wife, Dakota Raine of Peabody.

Pete owned his own business, Pete’s Appliance Repair, for over 35 years and was well known throughout the North Shore by his many loyal customers. He was longtime member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce and a member of the St. John’s Prep Alumni Association, Class of 1969.

Pete loved life. He was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed music and played accordion, saxophone and viola. He loved spending time remodeling his home. Gardening was his passion and he grew Topsfield Fair prize-winning marigolds. He transformed his backyard into a serene and beautiful garden in which he relaxed and entertained. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his daughters and granddaughters. He helped them with projects at their homes and attended his granddaughters’ sporting and school events. Pete was a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be sadly missed by all of us.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral Services will be held at the Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly, on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours on Tuesday are from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to Dana Farber at For information, directions, or condolences, please visit