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August 20, 1935 - August 2, 2014
Peter Williamson, most recently of Gulfport, Mississippi, formally of Chestertown, Maryland died peacefully surrounded by his children on August 2, 2014 at Hospice of Queen Anne's in Centreville, MD., after a long illness. He was 78.
Peter was born August 20, 1935 in Keene Valley, NY, the son of the late David Williamson and Rachel Price Williamson of Chestertown, Maryland. After graduating from St. Marks School in Southborough, MA in 1953, he continued his education at Princeton University, where he graduated class of 1957 with a B.A.in Biochemistry. An early environmentalist, Peter then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Research Director at Duhring Laboratories. He focused his research on the effect of environmental conditions on bacterial populations and other aspects of bacterial biochemistry.
After finishing his post-graduate studies, Peter began his career with Rollins Environmental Services in Wilmington, Delaware where he was the Vice-President of Environmental Affairs. He then spent over 30 years as a specialist in the field of hazardous waste disposal, in particular, the treatment and disposal of industrial residues. Peter's work took him across the country, living in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana and Texas, and included two international tours working with grants from The World Banc - once in India for the remediation of heavy metals in the water supply, and once in China for the remediation of atmospheric industrial heavy metals. When Peter retired, he became a real estate agent, working In the Gulf Coast regions of Florida and Mississippi, where he was able to be near the water and a landscape that reminded him so much of his Eastern Shore home.
Mr. Williamson was a life-long and devout member of the Episcopal Church. Peter was always active in his local parish - often serving as a vestry member, Sunday school teacher or as volunteer, particularly loving to help feed the community. In his last Parish, St. Mark's of Gulfport, MS, Peter served as lay minister, having completed a four year long course of study sponsored by the University of the South. He also chaired a food pantry for a local charity and every spring the congregation of St. Mark's looked forward to his lamb with special sauce, which was always a treat at the Parish Seder Supper.
A charming and gregarious man, Peter knew how to enjoy life. His interests were many, but his passions were sailing, reading, cooking, gardening and traveling. The door was always open the pantry and freezer stocked, waiting and ready to welcome you in fellowship and good cheer.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his first wife Sandra Shupp Williamson of Trappe, MD, and their four children: Georgiana Williamson Noll (Eric) of Haverford, PA, Peter Butler Williamson of Ottawa Hills, OH, Kirk Price Williamson (Trena) of Chestertown, MD, Jennifer Williamson Murdock (Brad) of Charlotte, NC; his second wife Joyce Huey Williamson and two stepsons, Kim Kochenderfer and Randy Kochenderfer both of Gulfport, MS; two sisters, R. Lee W. Hitchcock (David) of Bethesda, MD, Edith W. Kean (Hamilton) of New York, NY, sister in law, Ruth Ann Williamson of Bethesda, MD; ten grandchildren, Alexandra, Kathryn, Meredith, Parker, Lauchlan, Riley, Jack, Darby, Owen, and Daniel and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Anne Williamson, his brother, David Williamson Jr. and stepson, Lane Kochenderfer, preceded him in death.
A Rite 1 Memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 1pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Church Hill, MD. Preceding the service, the doors will be opened at 12 noon for a period of visitation and quiet reflection. Following the internment in St. Luke's Cemetery, a reception will follow in the Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Churchyard Restoration Fund, 401 Main St. Church Hill, MD 21623 or to the Hospice of Queen Anne's, 225 Comet Dr. Centreville, MD 21617.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home 130 Speer Rd Chestertown, Md.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, L.L.C.
130 Speer Road Chestertown, MD 21620
Published in The Sun Herald on Aug. 23, 2014