Peter Acton, 72, attorney, worked for Martin Luther King Day
Beloved father, brother, husband, and friend, Peter M. Acton, Sr. died July 2, 2013. A 14-year resident of Chatham, Massachusetts, Peter was 72 years old and died in the company of his much-loved wife of 47 years, Marie, and his children. He brought comfort and humor to his family until the end.
Peter was born April 26, 1941 in White Plains, New York to Lillian and Edward M. Acton. He went to Rye High School where he was the Class President and voted Most Likely to Succeed. Peter attended The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he sang in the Glee Club and was Naval ROTC. His experiences and friends at Holy Cross profoundly influenced his entire life. After graduating at the top of his class from Holy Cross in 1963, Peter served as an officer in the United States Navy on the USS Boxer.
Peter attended Fordham University Law School, where he was on the Law Review. Following law school, Peter began a 28-year career as an attorney for IBM, where he worked under a number of great attorneys including former U.S. Attorney General Nick Katzenbach. While working for Nick, Peter played a role in making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday. In 1996, Peter retired from IBM, where he was the Associate General Counsel, and became the General Counsel and Secretary of TIG Holdings in New York City.
Upon retiring from TIG, Peter and Marie became residents of Chatham, where he was on the Board of the Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod, an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, served on the Executive Chair of the Chatham Zoning Board of Appeals, volunteered for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society and the Chatham Republicans, enjoyed kayaking, traveling, nature, reading, and the company of his grandchildren: Lucy, Lillian, Eddie, Henry, Vivian, Madeline, Sophie, and Mia.
He is survived by his wife Marie, his sister Joanne Kolb, his three children and their spouses Regina and Peter O’Sullivan, Anne and John Connelly, and Peter (Jr.) and Rebecca Acton, his aforementioned grandchildren, and his nieces Gretchen and John Cauble, Heidi and John Breslin, and nephew Karl Jr. and Millie Kolb.
Peter will live on in his family’s memories of his love of life’s idiosyncrasies, his famous stories, his devotion to his Roman Catholic faith, and his enduring example of seeking to do what is right.
The funeral will be at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Chatham, on Friday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m. and a wake will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. on Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul of Holy Redeemer Conference, P.O. Box 687, Chatham, Massachusetts 02633 first and then the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham at www.eldredgelibrary.org.