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Peter J. Foster

March 14, 1944 July 26, 2018
Peter J. Foster
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Peter J Foster, 74 of Manchester by-the-Sea passed away Thursday morning, July 26 at home following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Mary Ellen (Cool) Foster.

Peter was born on March 14, 1944 to the late J. Borden and Elizabeth (Curran) Foster. He was raised and lived his entire life in Manchester. He graduated from Story High School in 1962, where he was Quarterback and Co-Captain of the 1961 Massachusetts Class “D” State Football Champions as well as the Captain and catcher for the 1962 Massachusetts Class “C” State Baseball Champions. For the time, this was quite an accomplishment for a group of young gentlemen from such a small town. Pete then went on to attend Boston University and then followed his father into carpentry where he worked on the North Shore, building and remodeling homes, until his retirement. Pete enjoyed most of all spending time with his step grandchildren, Anton and Ellen Gilson.

He loved traveling, fishing, reading and sports, especially the Red Sox and Patriots. He was a member of Gloucester Lodge 892 BPO Elks and a life long member of The Manchester Club. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Ellen Foster, stepsons John Gilson of Essex, Ma, Jeffrey Gilson and his wife Pavlina Gilson of Manchester by-the-Sea. His step grandson Anton Gilson and step granddaughter Ellen Gilson, sister-in-law Jackie McDiarmid, brother-in-law Douglas Cool, 3 nephews and one niece.

Peter’s graveside service will be held on Monday, July 30 at 11:00 am in Rosedale Cemetery, Manchester by-the-Sea. Arrangements are under the direction of the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, Ma 01923 or The Manchester Club, James Hatcher Scholarship Fund, PO Box 352, Manchester, Ma 01944. Information, directions, condolences at

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11:00 AM 7/30/2018 11:00:00 AM
Rosedale Cemetery

School Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 1944

Rosedale Cemetery
School Street Manchester-by-the-Sea 1944 MA

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 1944

School Street Manchester-by-the-Sea 1944 MA

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