Peter W. Rector
1938 - 2019
BORN
1938
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home - Newport
465 Spring St.
Newport, RI
Rector, Peter W.
Peter Ward Rector, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, passed away March 11, 2019 with his wife of 51 years by his side.
Born October 25, 1938 in Newport, he was the son of the late Mason D. and Bernice (Harvey) Rector. Peter was a proud graduate of Rogers High School, Kenyon College, class of 1960, and Cornell University, class of 1962, where he received a Masters of Business Administration.
After graduate school, Peter began working at the Newport Creamery, his family's business. He served as the company's President from 1966 to 1998. For three decades, he touched many lives with his generous spirit. During this time, he brought the Awful, Awful ice milk drink to the Newport Creamery, now a legendary, local treat. Peter served as the Chairman of the Board of Newport Federal Savings Bank from 1966 to 2004. Additionally, he was on the Board of Trustees at Salve Regina University. Always busy and active in the community, Peter also served as board member of the Edgehill Foundation, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce. Peter enjoyed memberships at the Newport Country Club and Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club. Peter and wife, Judy, raised their two sons in Portsmouth. He was often coach of his sons' Little League baseball and CYO basketball teams.
In recent years, Peter found great joy in spending time with his grandchildren, attending sports games and concerts or playing an enthusiastic game of Monopoly. He was known to organize morning tennis matches for family while on vacation. His adoration of the Yankees - which he liked to share with his Red Sox loving sons - was a constant cause of spirited debate. Miskiania Camp, in Exeter, was a special place for Peter. Every summer, for most of his life, he could be found at the end of the dock with his fishing pole. He shared his love for this peaceful place with his grandkids who helped Grandpa scoop-up bass or pickerel. His family will miss his one-of-a-kind awards ceremonies, warm smile and humble demeanor.
A lifelong Newporter, Peter cherished his "posse" - his wonderful group of friends, the source of many laughs and good times. His family is so grateful for their love and support especially in recent weeks.
Peter is survived by his wife Judy (Cassedy) Rector and two sons; David Mason Rector and his wife Kimberly (Bahs) of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Paul DeMont Rector and his wife Sarah (Cody) of Essex, Connecticut, along with his four grandchildren Leo, Katherine, Samuel and Benjamin.
Calling hours are respectfully omitted. There will be a Celebration of the Life of Peter held Friday, March 15th at 12pm at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University, Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mason D. Rector Scholarship Fund at Salve Regina University, would be greatly appreciated. (Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 Atten: University Relations Office). This scholarship fund has been serving students in need of financial aid since its' foundation in 1966.

Arrangements are by the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. For more information and online condolences, please visit www.oneillhayes.com.
Published by The Providence Journal from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2019.
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Dear Rector Family,
I was saddened to learn of Mr. Rector's passing. What a legacy he built! And he was a good friend to our family, especially in times of need. We will be forever grateful. I hope you are comforted by your memories, knowing his spirit lives on through his many acts of kindness and care, generosity and love. My thoughts are with you.
Bethany Letiecq
March 20, 2019
Dear Rectors, I am very sorry for your loss. The generosity of Mr. Rector, and family, afforded me and the rest of the PHS crew many great Sandy Point memories over the years. I truly miss those days of Jimmy Rolls and spirited games of Spades... - Todd Paquette
Todd Paquette
March 19, 2019
For Anne Lawton & family & especially for Judy Rector, we were saddened to learn of Peter's passing. Keeping you close in heart & prayer.
In love & sympathy, Blanche & Steve Stout
March 18, 2019
Dear Rector Family,

I am saddened to hear of Mr. Rector's passing.

I worked at Newport Creamery in Garden City 40 years ago as a young girl, where I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rector. He was always so kind.

Working as a creamery waitress was the best experience. Many life's lessons where learned while working for your dad/husband. Even until this day, I speak about what a great organization Mr. Peter Rector built.
When I run into someone that had work for Mr. Rector through the years, we immediately form a special bond from our experience of working for such a wonderful man.

My thought and prayers, at this time of sadness.
Carole Scaralia
March 17, 2019
Dear Rector Family,

I am saddened to hear of Mr. Rector's passing.

I worked at Newport Creamery in Garden City 40 years ago as a young girl, where I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rector. He was always so kind.

Working as a creamery waitress was the best experience. Many life's lessons where learned while working for your dad/husband. Even til this day, I speak about what a great organization Mr. Peter Rector built.

Even when I run into someone that had work for Mr. Rector through the years, we immediately for a special bond from our experience of working for such a wonderful man.

My thought and prayers at this time of sadness.
March 17, 2019
To the family of Peter, I met Peter just before Christmas,in Woonsocket. I found him to be a very nice man. I send to the family and his friends my prayers and deepest sympathy.
Paulette lesiak
March 16, 2019
paulette lesiak
March 16, 2019
Paul I just heard about your father . My entire family wishes you and your family comfort and sympathy during these difficult times. Our prayers are with all of you.
Lou DelMastro and family
Lou Delmastro
Coworker
March 13, 2019
a loved one
March 13, 2019
On behalf of the Wakefield Family Branch from Newport Federal Savings, we extend our deepest sympathies and send you many prayers.
Sue Ann Votta
March 12, 2019
We are sending our love and prayers to the Rector Family. May fond memories bring you comfort.
Love Sarah, Jim, Chelsea and John
Sarah Wadle
March 12, 2019
judy and family....peter was a wonderful loyal friend...he will be greatly missed...thoughts and prayers ....peace maureen gallagher dever
maureen dever
March 12, 2019
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