Peter G. Robart
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HAMPTON FALLS - Peter G. Robart, 66, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Edgewood Center in Portsmouth, after a long period of declining health. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jane Shanahan, of Hampton Falls; his daughter, Katherine Robart Bal, and her husband, Erik Bal, of Minneapolis, Minn.; his daughter Jennifer Robart, and her fiancée, Matt Campbell, of Medford, Mass.; his brother, Mark Robart, and his wife Lisa Borinsky, of Somerville, Mass.; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved yellow lab, Teddy. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Joan and Frank Robart, of Needham, Mass.

Peter grew up in Needham and was a 1969 graduate of Needham High School. He was a 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Peter co-founded Bavarian Autosport in 1974, Great Bay Spa and Sauna in 1978, and Selectwood in 1982, in Newmarket, N.H., with his two longtime friends and business partners, Mark Ruddy and Dave Wason. The businesses relocated to Portsmouth in 1995. The three friends remained co-owners of the businesses until the time of Peter's passing.

Peter and Jane were residents of Hampton Falls for 40 years, where Peter was deeply involved in town government, serving as a Selectman from 2003-2006. His volunteer leadership of the Town Improvement Committee and the Recreation Commission resulted in many projects that will continue to benefit residents for years to come. Peter also served on the Capital Improvement Committee and Planning Board.

Peter was a man of many passions, including windsurfing, skiing, golf, jazz, woodworking, and ice hockey, which he played multiple times a week until his illness. He loved spending time at home with his family and was never happier than when he was outside mowing his lawn or working in his garden with Jane.

The Robart family is grateful to the nurses and staff at the Edgewood Center for the loving care Peter received.

SERVICES: A celebration of Peter's life will be held in the coming weeks. Please visit the Brewitt Funeral Home website ( for further details.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peter Robart Scholarship Fund at UNH. These donations should be made payable to the UNH Foundation, 9 Edgewood Rd., Durham, NH, 03824 or online at and please reference the Peter Robart Scholarship Fund in the memo line.

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Published in from May 25 to May 30, 2017.
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June 16, 2017
Dear Robart Family, I met Peter when I was 16 years old. Although our lives took their separate journey's and our paths have crossed a few times since then I can see how the "time in between" he has lived his life to the fullest. Even as a teenager then onto being a college student I will always remember him as kind, sweet, sincere and a true gentleman. I want to send my deepest condolences to all of you Jane, Katherine, Jennifer and Mark. Peter will be greatly missed.
Jeanne Anderson-Hendricks
June 16, 2017
Pete had energy like no other and his love for living life to the fullest was contagious. I can bring up his laugh in my mind because I heard it so many times over the years I have known him. With Jane he found the right match. I feel lucky to have been a small slice of his life. What a guy!!
Leigh Daley
June 15, 2017
I knew Pete in college, what a sunny disposition, a unique sense of humor,
utterly impossible to be in his presence without smiling. I know each time his family and friends are saddened by the loss of him, they will think of something delightful that he did or said that puts a great big smile on their faces! Although I rarely saw him in the last 40 years I have no doubt his life was well-lived.
Donnajean Ahigian
June 13, 2017
I am so sad to hear of his passing. I was a long time Tuesday night waitress for post hockey team visits.
Pete always had a smile on his face and was so generous and funny! He and his teammates were something I looked forward to each week. Sending love and prayers to Peter's family & friends.
Karla Gallaway
May 31, 2017
Peter brought a wonderful spirit and business acumen together within his businesses. Always a smart, kind, patient gentleman those who've known him are saddened by his passing, but enriched by his association and friendship over many years. Sincere condolences to the entire Robart family. Peter will certainly be missed, and not soon forgotten.
Frank Eitler
May 29, 2017
Peter was a friend and a mentor to us for 27 years and was one of our first friends in NH. After every adventure we would comment that Peter was the nicest person we knew and that he had an amazing family. Every opportunity to spend time with him we seized in an instant. His verve for life was like no other and he lived passionately. He was respected at the highest level for his integrity, dedication, and generosity. He will remain forever in a special place in our hearts. Most importantly, we will smile reminiscing about the numerous adventures we shared in NH, Oregon, Utah, Cape Cod, and Great Bay - yes we spent many hours IN the bay learning to windsurf together. Our deepest sympathies to Jane, Katie, Jen, Mark and Butch, his closest allies, who were there for him until the end. With love, Lori and Bruce Myers
Lori Myers
May 29, 2017
Peter brought light, life and joy to me (and my team) whenever he came through the door to my office. He lived life to the fullest and with his longterm buds Mark and Dave created three successful businesses.
A Class Act man whom I will miss.
Peter Thomas
May 27, 2017
I am, and always will be proud to say Peter was my friend.

May 26, 2017
Dear Robart Family, I have known Peter for many years from business with Baystate Pool Supplies. He was a pioneer in the spa and hot tub industry. Most of all, he was a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed. I give my deepest sympathies to the Robart Family and his partners Dave and Mark
David Arakelian
May 26, 2017
Jane, Katie & Jen,
Pete's death has left a large hole in our lives. He was a devoted, kind and loving husband and father. For me, more than just a brother - a dear, dear friend. The memories of so many wonderful moments together provides some relief to the waves of sadness. Farewell, Pete. I loved you. Thank you for all the memories.
Mark Robart
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