W. Peter Pemberton
W. Peter Pemberton, 83 of Warwick, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 29, 2017. He is survived by his devoted, long-time partner Carole W. Satmary. He was the loving father of Holly S. Pemberton (Robert Schmoyer) of Palm Beach, Florida and Lisa R. Johnston (Scott) of Warwick, RI; grandchildren Kyle Meegan (GiGi), Tyler Meegan, Kayla Meegan and Jenna Johnston. He was brother to Gilbert Pemberton II (Margaret) of Rumford. He was the son of the late William and Grace (Rex) Pemberton.
Peter was Director of Sales Promotion for Speidel Division of Textron for over 30 years. A life-long athlete, Pete excelled in football, basketball and baseball, earning All State honors and breaking school records at both Classical High School and Brown University Class of 55. He was a Navy Veteran. Peter served as a Naval Squadron Ordinance Petty Officer in the VAH-1 Navy Squadron on board the first angle decked aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Forrestal, CVA. He was a member of the Milwaukee Braves organization, signing with the Braves in 1953, the year that the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee and eventually to Atlanta. In 1966, as a member of the Local 57 Fast-Pitch Engineers of Providence, Pete was selected by the Fast-Pitch Association of the United States as it’s All-World Second Baseman and played in the National All-Star games that year. He played in 7 world tournaments throughout his career.
A member of Warwick Country Club for over 40 years (1963) Peter was on the Board of Governors from 1999-2002. He was the first member to win the club’s prestigious golf Round-Robin Tournament in back to back years, 1967 and 1968. He was also instrumental in establishing Button Hole in Providence, RI, helping to make golf accessible to all. Peter was a life long skier, animal lover and avid gardener.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. followed by an interment at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter with full Naval Honors.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Contribution can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Boyleandsonfuneralhome.com