Peter B. Sholley

Peter Burrill Sholley of Milton, a former resident of West Falmouth, died on April 3. He was 86.

Born to Sidney and Aya Sholley in West Newton, he attended Noble and Greenough School and graduated from Rollins College, where he met Nancy Fry, his wife of 62 years. Mrs. Sholley died in 2012.

Mr. and Mrs. Sholley had lived on Chapoquoit Island every summer and fall since the 1970s. They were active in the community, supporting Bourne Farm, Heritage Foundation, Penikese Island School and People for Cats.

Mr. Sholley was a first lieutenant in the US Army and served as an ordnance instructor during the Korean War.

He formerly lived in Wellesley Hills and Boca Grande, Florida.

After a career as a senior vice president of marketing for Keystone Custodian Funds, he became an inventor in late middle age, focusing on finding ways to bring clean water to developing countries. His most recent invention, the Safewater Sensor, is currently in a pilot program in South Africa and will soon be introduced in Haiti.

He was president of the Sholley Foundation, which provides support for a variety of nonprofit organizations.

An ardent environmentalist and conservationist, he was an early advocate of recycling and repurposing.

He enjoyed cribbage, poker, Scrabble, tennis and golf.

Mr. Sholley leaves his sister, Janann Clanton of Altamonte Springs, Florida; his children Lucinda Sholley Rabidoux of Dedham, Adam Sholley of Milton and Nicholas Sholley of Santa Rosa, California; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth O’Keefe and George, Anne and Peter Sholley.


Services will be held on May 17 at 11 AM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 12 Randolph Avenue, Milton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.


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