August 21, 1936 – January 5, 2021
Peter Leavitt, age 84, of Scituate, passed away January 5, 2021. Peter was most loving husband of the late Barbara Leavitt, to whom he was married for 52 years.
Born in Quincy, he was the son of the late Frank Leavitt and Hazel Duncan Leavitt, and older brother to Rick Leavitt (wife Ella) of Chatham. He was cherished father of Jacqueline Brady, her husband Stephen of Boston, Elizabeth Monaco, her husband Michael of Scituate, and Douglas Leavitt, his wife Monica of Bethlehem, PA. He was grandfather of eight beloved grandchildren, Robert McCaw (Sabin), Alyssa Falkowski (John), Paul J. McCaw (Michelle), Kimberly Conrad (Corey), Robin Monaco (Sebastian), Michael Monaco, and Jeremy and Phyllicia Leavitt; three step-grandchildren, Daniel, Trevor and Sarah Brady; great-grandchildren, Hamzah and Zainah Ahmed McCaw; and one step-great-grandchild, Brady Livas.
Peter grew up in Quincy and graduated from Quincy Schools. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard a weather patrol ship, the "Castle Rock," based in Boston and stationed off the Atlantic during the Korean War, and later graduated from Union College with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. He worked on the administrative staff at M.I.T., serving as Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions and the Joint Center for Urban Studies of M.I.T. and Harvard. In his second career, he taught English, History, and Latin at Thayer Academy (Braintree) for 20 years; and coached Thayer sailing and cross-country track.
Peter, a racing sailor, sailed the Snipe "Jackpot" to several Squantum Yacht Club Championships. Later, he built the 26’ Thunderbird "Siren" and sailed to two New England championships. He enjoyed running with the Hingham Striders, and ran a Newport and two Boston Marathons.
A civic leader and historian, in Scituate Peter was elected Town Moderator for 19 years and the School Committee for two terms and served as an appointed member of the Scituate Historic Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. He was a member of the Scituate Historical Society and the Friends of South Shore Fisheries. He did extensive research on Judge William Cushing of Scituate.
Peter was an avid non-fiction reader, listened to classical music, and cared for many dogs throughout his life. During their marriage, Peter and Barbara traveled extensively, including 19 trips to Europe and several to the Bahamas and Latin America. Every Friday for 30 years, they dined at the Mill Wharf Restaurant in Scituate Harbor.
Peter will always be remembered.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Scituate Historical Society. Words of comfort can be left at www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Lauren Blake Mahoney
January 20, 2021
I just heard of this passing, and I wanted to send my condolences and well-wishes to his family. "Mr. Leavitt"- as he'll always be remembered by me!- was my 6th grade teacher at Thayer Academy. I have such fond memories of our 6th grade class and all the laughs we had... Mr. Leavitt had the best laugh of all which I'll never forget! From competitive geography competitions, to Latin class, to ancient Greek history lessons... I truly learned so much from this great man and teacher. Rest well Mr. Leavitt!! -Lauren Blake (Mahoney), Thayer Class of '02
January 18, 2021
Dear Beth and the entire Leavitt family. I just saw this posting and was so sad to learn of Peter's passing. He and your mother were such good friends of the Evans family. My dad loved his many, many coffee mornings with Peter. True friends they were. And Peter was such a comfort to me as my father got up there in years. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May your wonderful memories of Peter see you through these next days and months. And take comfort in knowing that Peter was admired and loved by so many. Love, JoAnn
Albert J Monaco
January 10, 2021
I wish I were more like him!!
May God be with him, always.
January 10, 2021
I first met Peter when he was a candidate for the Scituate School Committee many decades ago. Participation in his campaign motivated my own involvement in town politics. When he decided to get his teaching certification, we drove together to Bridgewater Teachers College where we were both taking a class. He contributed greatly to the town in so many ways, and we owe him a huge debt of thanks. I personally learned a great deal from him and will always remember him as a friend.
January 9, 2021
Enjoyed running with “Old Folks” for many years as a Hingham Strider.
Also appreciated his dedication to teaching sailing at Hingham Yacht Club.
We’ll miss you. God Bless.
January 9, 2021
Peter was my friend and colleague for many years at Thayer Academy. We shared many Ponkapoag Bog journeys, Aquarium visits, and whale watching with the students. He was always there to share a Coast Guard story, or to collaborate on projects - and, to just talk. My wife and I had a wonderful day on his prized sailboat a day before school started one early September day. May you Rest In Peace, my friend.
January 9, 2021
Mr. Leavitt was a true treasure. He was my first advocate in an environment where I needed one and at times felt completely out of place. I will always remember his hearty laugh, reading “The Giver” and the canvas book bag he carried everywhere. May his memory be for a blessing.