Peter McDermott

07/11/1937 - 07/10/2023


Obituary For Peter McDermott

On Monday, July 10, 2023, Peter McDermott of Rockland, died in Franklin MA of complications from advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. Peter was born in Boston on July 11,1937 to Helen McDermott. He happily spent his “formative years” at a boarding school run by the Xaverian Brothers. He then spenthis teenage years in the Fenway neighborhood where he and his mother cheered-on the Boston Braves and his beloved, Boston Red Sox. In 1955, Peter graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline and then proudly enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic, “freezing his butt off” in Newfoundland during the Cold War. In 1974, he graduated from Suffolk University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, which he achieved during the evenings while he was still running a new business and caring for his family.

When Peter returned to Boston, he began working in the record industry, selling 45s and albums, wholesale. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Carol Wynne and the two were wed in 1964. After welcoming two children, Jennifer and Andrew, Peter and Carol moved to Rockland, MA, where they spent almost 52 years raising their children and supporting Holy Family Parish and school. Peter was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul, taught religious education, coached little league, participated in town politics and was a member of the Rockland Zoning Board of Appeals for more than 20 years. During his retirement years, Peter also worked at the Rockland Recycling Center where he cheerfully, enjoyed helping the residents of Rockland.

Aside from his wife and children, Peter’s other great love was music. This love propelled him to open his own Record wholesale store in 1972, called Peter’s Record One Stop – the PROS in Records! “Peter’s” was an eclectic place that catered to record stores, DJs, Juke Box Operators as well as obsessed audiophiles. Peter’s friendly and funny personality drove the business’ success and many a customer and record label salesman claimed that the camaraderie and humor at PROS was infectious. For almost 30 years Peter ran this exciting businesswhere he and his family enjoyed uncountable hours of music, concerts, parties and meet and greets with some of the most popular music artists and groups of the last 50 years.

Peter and Carol also loved their Vermont House which they felt was their special “slice of heaven.” Nestled in the Green Mountains, Peter spent countless hours doing outdoor choreson the house and exploring beautiful Vermont. He would often end the day, watching the stars while surrounded by his wife, his friends Ray and Diane, a warm fire, a good beer and even better music playing in the background.

Peter had many friends and enjoyed yearly trips to Winter Haven Florida to watch Red Sox spring training with his great pals Lefty and O’Malley. He also spent many a great day and night with his “BC” (before Carol) buddies, the Holy Family Crew (Rudy and Cynda, Rita and Dave, Kathy and Peter,Claire, Agnes and too many others to name), the Wyman Fields neighbors, and various other Rockland friends who he collected along the way.

Peter is now at peace with his beloved wife Carol. He is survived by his, daughter Jennifer McDermott Lance and her husband Steven, and son Andrew and wife Christine of St. Louis, MO. “Puppie/Papa Pete” will be greatly missed by hisgrandchildren, Maeve Lance and Molly, Declan, Renny and Finn McDermott, who brought him so much love, joy, and pride. He is also survived by his sister, Bette Whelan and her husband John, of Colorado.

The McDermott’s invite family and friends to celebrate Peter’s life on Monday, July 17 from 4-7pm at Magoun-BigginsFuneral Home. A Funeral Mass will take place at 9am on Tuesday, July 18th at Holy Family Church in Rockland, MA. Burial will be at a later date.

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  • 07/17/2023

    Thank you for all the love and support you gave me and my family over the years. Of course, I can't forget all the fun times too! My life wouldn't have been the same without you in it and I'm truly blessed to have known you. You'll never be forgotten......... RIP Father Pete -Dave Mullen

  • 07/17/2023

    Jennifer and Andrew, My sincerest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father Peter. I have many fond memories of our family together and he will be greatly missed. Your dad was a kind, happy gentle soul who I considered my family. It was my absolute pleasure to know him and your mom Carol. With Loving Kindness, Margarita Mullen

  • 07/13/2023

    Jen Andrew and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man. Both your parents made Rockland a better place to live, go to school, go to church and more. I Have nothing but fond memories of them. the contributed so much to the community. I am glad to say I got to know them. Deepest Sympathy, Chuck Tilden and Family

  • 07/12/2023

    Peter and Carol were such good parents of my family. My mom and dad miss they so much. They attended my wedding and my children's christenings, my baby shower and our family parties. They were part of family. Truly great people.

  • 07/12/2023

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers. Kathy Hannon

  • 07/12/2023

    Mr McDermott was a very kind and knowledgeable man who I enjoyed asking questions to as the young neighborhood boy who learned of his Air Force experiences, love of baseball as I began to play minor league ball that continued through high school. Great fond memories from living across the street from him and his wife. He always brought a new record albums for my Mother to listen to and the happiness her brought her during those moments are forever lasting. Mr and Mrs McDermott were Very nice people who always supported my family at home events and were always there while being extremely proud of Andrew and Jennifer giving them the best of an education they could. Their home was always welcoming and pristine to their friends while serving in the community was important to them to make Rockland, Huggins Road and the community as a whole a much nicer place to live. May Peter and Carol continue to shine from above from the wonderful neighborhood they called home. Respectfully Jimmy Ebersole


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    Dave & Margarita Mullen planted 5 trees in memory of Peter McDermott . - July 17, 2023

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