RIP Peter Booth

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Retired Newport Fire Deputy Chief passes away at 65.

We knew Peter Booth for over 20 years. First as the father of our friends, later as an employer and finally as our own friend. We shared a bit of that gallows humor that people who have been in the military or served in emergency services end up utilizing to relieve the everyday stresses of their day.

When we worked for him at the Brick Market Parking lot, he’d laugh at himself for scheduling himself to sit in the parking booth until 2pm, knowing full well that by the time noon rolled around, he’d get the itch to jump on his Harley and get in a round of golf…and send us a text about how he wouldn’t be offended if we were to come in an hour or so early.

We hope he’s enjoying himself in that great golf course in the sky.

Here is the official obituary…

Obituary of Peter Booth

Peter R. “Boo” Booth, 65, passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2015 at his home in Middletown, RI. He was born on Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 1950 in Newport, RI to Frank & Helen (Silvia) Booth.

Pete grew up in Newport; graduating from Rogers High School Class of 1968.

After high school, Peter attended Seamen school in New York City sponsored by the National Maritime Union. He then signed on as an Able Bodied Seaman aboard an American Export Lines cargo ship.

Pete joined the Newport Fire Department in 1973; was promoted to Lieutenant in 1990, Captain in 1995 and Deputy Chief in 1998. He retired in 2002, having served for 29 years.

Peter was also an employee and partner in Booth Parking for over thirty years.

Peter is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jackie (Mathieu), his son Brian Booth, daughter Allison Booth and stepsons, Eli, Zachary and Luke Palmisciano. He is also survived by his brother, Edwin Booth and sisters Judy (Booth) Hausner & Janet Booth. He was the brother of the late John Booth. He leaves his Aunt Tiiu Booth as well as sister and brother-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed his retirement years; dividing his time between golf, gardening, shooting pool and riding his Harley Davidson. Peter was a friend of Bill W. for the past 29 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 4-7pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport. A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 9 at Green Valley Country Club, 371 Union St., Portsmouth, RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Program of VNS Newport and Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Loss Correspondent

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