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32, of Andover, popular Teacher and Coach at Andover High School, died February 4, 2006 after an apparent heart attack. He was born in London, UK, and came to live in Andover in 1981. Peter attended Andover High School, and received a B.A. from Drew University. He was a winning pitcher at Drew for all four years, and later played in the Independent League and for the British National Team. Peter earned his Master of Education Degree from Suffolk University and has been a Social Studies Teacher and Coach at Andover High School for the past 6 years. Each year he was honored by one or more students at the National Honor Society induction ceremony in appreciation of his contribution to their education. Peter was the freshman boy's Soccer Coach, and ran an early morning baseball and softball clinic. He was a leader in the Small Schools Initiative, the Advisory Program, and the Ping Pong Club. Peter was also a leader in charitable giving. He constantly encouraged his students to take action over the causes they believed in. His classes were at the forefront in raising money for those in need, for example through the Santa fund and Relief For Hurricane Katrina. One class recently raised over $1,000 for Heifer Project International. Peter also spearheaded a fundraiser to support the wife and daughter of Jeff Valley, a Special Education Teacher at the High School who passed away last year. Peter coached the Baseball Team at Westford Academy and received the "Coach of the Year" Award from the Lowell Sun after leading his team to the state finals during his first coaching season. He was also recognized for his outstanding ability by the Boston Globe. His greatest enjoyment, however, came from the time he spent with his wife and his son. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer (Glesmann) Arthur, son Jeffrey, parents Michael and Cecilia (Sterky) Arthur, all of Andover, his paternal grandmother Dorothy Arthur of Hartlepool, UK, a sister Victoria Arthur and her husband Tom Cloherty of Somerville, his mother in law and father in law, Edward and Jeanette Glesmann of Boxford, a sister in law Caroline Glesmann of California, two nieces Jane and Eva Cloherty and further relatives in the UK and Sweden. Family and friends are invited to funeral services on Thursday at 1 PM at the Collins Center at Andover High School. Private burial for family and friends will be at a later date. Calling hours are on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Dewhirst and Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., ANDOVER, MA. Memorial contributions may be made for Peter's son's education to the Jeffrey Arthur Education Fund, TD Banknorth, 61 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810
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