Peter D. Mendell
April 15, 2014
Class '76 Hasting Junior High Educator
Peter D. Mendell, 75, of Fairhaven, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Royal of Fairhaven after a long period of declining health. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late John D. and Claire (Shurtleff) Mendell, he was a life long resident of the town. Peter was a 1957 graduate of Fairhaven High School where he excelled in sports and was a member of the Football, Basketball, Track and Tennis teams. He was voted outstanding senior athlete and was the recipient of the Sparrow Cup. Peter was a 2008 inductee to the Fairhaven High School Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of the New Bedford Institute of Technology now UMass Dartmouth, where he played basketball and tennis. Mr. Mendell was a school teacher for 23 years in the Fairhaven School system retiring from Hastings Middle School in 1985. He was also the former owner of the Sailaway in Mattapoisett and Sylmo Syrup in New Bedford. Peter was the former Executive Director of the Fairhaven Boys Club, a member of the Fairhaven Varsity Club and an avid sports fan, especially the Patriots. He is survived by a son, Scott T. Mendell of Chandler, AZ; two grandchildren, Jacob and Chase Mendell; a brother, Thomas R. Mendell and his wife Barbara of Fairhaven and their children, David M. Mendell of Westport and Kristine A. Mendell of West Palm Beach, FL. In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and memorial calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.
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