Peter N. Way of Cataumet and Marathon, Florida, died after a brief illness at Falmouth Hospital on June 29. He was 85.

He was the husband of Rosann (Del Rosso) Way, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Born in Webster, he was the son of Robert Souther Way and Elizabeth Ludbury (Greene) Way.

After graduating from high school, he went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, where he met Rosann Del Rosso, who would become his wife. The couple would go on to establish Cataumet Boats in 1959.

Mr. Way had a passion for anything with an engine: boats, cars, outboards, motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawn mowers. He could fix just about anything and relished the process.

In 1990 he successfully completed his lifelong dream of a single-handed, transatlantic passage aboard Rosanna, his 38-foot Shannon sailboat.

He was a longtime member of the Cataumet United Methodist Church and a volunteer for both church and community. Also a member of the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Lodge in Sandwich, he took great pride in his work with Shriners International as well as the Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church in Marathon, Florida.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three children, Wendy Way Cohen, Sheila Giancola and Peter Way; a brother, Phillip Way; eight grandchildren; and extended family.

Visitation will be Friday, July 9, from 4 to 6 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral service will be celebrated tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at Cataumet United Methodist Church at 1091 County Road.

Burial will be private.

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