Henry J. Peters Sr. of East Falmouth died July 8 after a long illness. He was 93.
He was the husband of Janet A. (Sands) Peters for 55 years. She died in 2006.
Mr. Peters, who was known as Hy, was born in Mashpee and educated in the Falmouth Public Schools.
He joined the Merchant Marine as a teenager during World War II, working on transport ships in Europe and the South Pacific. He also was a commercial fisherman and a New England clambake master in his family-owned clambake catering business for 60 years.
He served as a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Elder and had been a Call Fireman on Engine 5.
An accomplished long-distance swimmer, Mr. Peters was able to swim from Falmouth Heights to Oak Bluffs.
He was a member of the Midway Trap & Skeet Club in East Falmouth and was a Falmouth Charter founder and member. He belonged to the Falmouth BPO Elks, for which he was elected Grand Exalted Ruler for two terms, and was a volunteer during the annual Thanksgiving meal for seniors put on by that group.
He was also a member of the Sandwich American Legion and Falmouth Country Club, where he was a league player.
In addition to playing golf, he enjoyed singing, ballroom dancing and traveling to Europe and Mexico—which he did up until the age of 88.
He leaves five children, Ann Peters Fulton of Brewster, Henry J. Peters Jr. of Waquoit, Joan A. Peters-Gilmartin of West Harwich, Steven P. Peters of Hatchville and Lisa M. Peters of Concord, New Hampshire; five grandchildren, Andrew P. Gilmartin of Lebanon, New Jersey, Samuel G. Fulton of Mashpee, Haley R. Johnson of Attleboro, Lauren H. Johnson of East Falmouth and Paul D. Peters II of Freedom, Wyoming; and four great-grandchildren, William P. Gilmartin, James H. Gilmartin and Nathaniel G. Gilmartin, all of Lebanon, New Jersey, and Madilyn Fulton of Mashpee; and a sister, Ruth Black of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by two children, Paul D. Peters and Regina Peters; a grandchild, Cory D. Gilmartin; and three siblings, Ray Peters, Gloria Peters and Evan Peters.
There will be a memorial service Wednesday, August 14, at 10 AM at the Old Indian Meeting House, 410 Meetinghouse Road in Mashpee.
Burial will be at the Old Indian Burial Ground.