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Peter Wood Webster

d. October 17, 2018

WEBSTER, Reverend Peter Wood. Passed away October 17, 2018 at Heathwood Rehabilitation Center in Chestnut Hill after a long illness.

Reverend Webster was born Peter Wood Stein on July 5th, 1951 in Sarnia, Ontario Canada, second son to Dorothea and Curvin Stein. After the death of his father Curvin in April of 1959, the family moved to La Canada, CA. Later after his mother remarried Edward Webster, Ph.D, the family again moved to Lexington Mass where Peter was adopted by Edward Webster. He attended Lexington's Fiske School, Diamond Junior High, and Lexington High School where he graduated in 1969. While at Lexington High, he was active in drama and played a starring role in several productions.

He attended college at Lawrence University in Appleton WI where he studied anthropology and received a B.A in 1973. Peter then went on to Graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School where he graduated Cum Laude and received his master's degree. He was fellowshipped and ordained in 1981. He subsequently served Unitarian Universalists churches in Wilton, NH (83-86), Woburn, MA (87-88) and Wilmington NC (88-91). On October 14th, 1979 Peter participated in the first National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights and sadly witnessed the deaths of over forty friends from AIDS. He was active as a volunteer at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a member of the Boston Gay Men's' Chorus.

He was also a member of the Saint Cecilia Parish community, Boston, where he was active in AA and other community affairs. He was a founding member of Dignity/Boston weekly dinner-discussion Men's Spirituality Group that was started in 1993. Peter enjoyed discussing theology, spending time with family and was a consummate knitter.

He is survived by his mother Dorothea Wood Webster of Bedford; brother John Webster and his wife Penny of Milford, NH; brother Edward Webster and his wife Lisa of Harpswell, ME; brother Mark Webster and his wife Marylin Webster of Lacrosse, WI; sister Anne Wolfe and her husband John of Mahwah, NJ; sister Susan MacPhee and her husband John of Bedford; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Kashi.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston, on Friday morning, November 9th at 11:00 am.

A short burial service will be held at Shawsheen Cemetery, 1 Shawsheen Rd., Bedford, MA

There will also be a memorial service at Carleton Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Road, Bedford at 2:00 pm on November 23rd.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rainbow Ministry at St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston, Mass. 02155 or Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain 02130.
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Funeral Mass

Friday, November 9, 2018

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Friday, November 23, 2018

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