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Peter Parrish, 92, recently of Atkinson, N.H., and formerly of Wood-Ridge, N.J., passed away at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
Peter was born in the neighborhood of Hays, on the east side of Pittsburgh, Pa. One of 10 children, Peter always knew that family came first, and would always make time for family. When his country called in World War II, Peter enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, fought in several campaigns, including the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he was awarded a Purple Heart for his injury in combat. Peter was a machinist and a millwright and worked for many years at Curtiss-Wright Corporation where jet engines and the reactor vessels for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines were built. Peter had a strong work ethic and after his retirement from full-time work, Peter continued to work part-time for Suburban Seat, a vehicle seat upholstery company, and later in his 80s as a crossing guard in New Jersey.
Peter and his wife, Pearl were members of the Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady in Wood-Ridge, N.J. Peter enjoyed reading historical non-fiction, fishing with his sons and grandson, and traveling with his wife to see the country he loved. Well into his 80s, Peter enjoyed taking his daily walks and swimming laps three times per week at the health club. Peter also enjoyed telling humorous stories of growing up during the Depression with his brothers and sisters, and how they would make the best of difficult times.
Peter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pearl; his sons, David of Little Ferry, N.J., and Dennis and Peter’s daughter-in-law, Elizabeth of Atkinson, N.H.; his grandson, Gregory of Newton, N.H.; Peter’s sister, Josephine (Sissy) of Hazelwood (Pittsburgh) Pa.; his nephew and nieces; and great-nephews and great-nieces.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peter’s Life Celebration to be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. His funeral will begin on Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 12 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, NH, followed by the rendering of Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made in Peter’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); the National Kidney Foundation; or the American Heart Association. For directions to the funeral home or to send a message of condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.brooksidechapelfh.com.
Published on  August 9, 2017
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