Wenham, MA — Peter A. Myers, beloved husband of Beth (Kennard) Myers, passed away peacefully on April 26 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, following a two-year struggle with advanced kidney cancer.
Born in Greenfield, Mass., he was the son of Barbara (Alexander) and the late Norman W. Myers and grew up in Durham, N,H. He attended Governor Dummer Academy. As a student at the University of New Hampshire, he was active in the Outing Club, where he met his future wife. This was the beginning of a shared lifelong appreciation for outdoor adventures.
Peter graduated from UNH in 1973 with a degree in soil science. However, he took a different career path when he accepted an opportunity in the IT department at John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston. He demonstrated an amazing aptitude for programming at the time when main frames filled entire rooms. His analytical skill and problem solving expertise was well appreciated, as he advanced to become a senior systems administrator. His final professional years were spent working for IBM.
Peter and Beth were married in 1975 and settled in Wenham in her family home. Together they enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking, biking, skiing, and the beach, sharing this love of the outdoors with son, Scott. More recently, Peter had become an enthusiastic birder.
With his wife, Peter partnered in a number of community service activities. By far his favorite volunteer time was spent surrounded by books at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, where for the past 10 years, he and Beth coordinated the library book sales. They also shared a love of music, especially folk and Celtic.
Peter was an avid armchair sports fan who cheered each Boston team in its season. For more than 30 years, he actively pursued his passion for playing recreational volleyball.
A gentle, unassuming man, Peter had a quiet sense of humor and an insatiable intellectual curiosity; the epitome of the lifelong learner. He appreciated the latest scientific articles, as well as tuning in to PBS. Most of all, Peter loved to read. He was most content when sitting in a comfortable chair with a good book.
Besides his wife Beth, Peter is survived by his son, Scott of Wenham; his mother, Barbara Myers; and his sister, Gail and her husband, Jack Pare, of Newington, N.H.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham. Contributions in his name may be made to Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983 or WGBH (TV and/or radio), P.O. Box 55875, Boston, MA 02205. Information, directions and condolences are available at www.campbellfuneral.com.