AMHERST - Peter Boisvert, father of Michelle and husband of Ann, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Amherst, after a decade-long battle with Multiple Myeloma.
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Peter graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1974, with a degree in chemical engineering. He then received his master's degree from University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Amherst, where he lived the rest of his life with his wife and daughter, in the house he and his father had built.
He worked as a chemical engineer at Bayer Corporation for the next 23 years. During this time, he also graduated first in his class in computer science from University of Hartford. In 1999, he became the production manager at Deerfield Urethane and from 2007 to 2014 he worked as an independent contractor for Bayer.
A lifetime autodidact, he taught himself German, Japanese, and many computer languages. His curiosity was not limited to scholarly pursuits; he was a skilled craftsman and handyman with an ability to fix anything. Despite his tremendous skills, he was a humble man and willing teacher.
Pete loved tennis and scuba diving, however, his love of nature drew him towards biking and he recently completed numerous century rides with his biking buddies. This love for nature further caused him to be an avid conservationist and environmentalist. His kindness extending to all beings, he was gentle, unpretentious, and benevolent.
He was predeceased by his mother Christina Crolla, his father Gilbert F. Boisvert, and brother Joseph Boisvert.
His is survived by his daughter; his wife; his brother-in-law Matthew Corcoran; and Matthew's son Jake.
Calling hours will be Thursday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Funeral services will be private.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Boston, or the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst.
Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 15, 2014
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