Peter R.L. Sexton

Dec 18, 2012
Peter Sexton

Hope — Peter Richard Lord Sexton died Dec. 8, 2012 at home in Hope after a brief illness.

Born in Philadelphia on Jan. 30, 1942, he was the son of Richard H.L. and Joan F.N. (Blake) Sexton. He was a graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy and the University of Pennsylvania where he received a degree in architecture.

In 1963, Peter married Esther Emlen Page and they settled in Philadelphia where Peter worked for the architecture firm of Hatfield, Martin and White. He was part of the team that designed the state-of-the-art reptile house at the Philadelphia Zoo. He later worked for Benjamin Martin Associates.

In 1973 he moved with his family to Camden where he started Maine Technical Industries, Inc. with his lifelong friend Sam Tibbetts. He and his wife later owned Coastal Data, Inc. He was a lifelong inventor, uniquely creative thinker, raconteur, serious car enthusiast and a true gentleman.

Peter’s memberships included the Megunticook Golf Club, Camden Yacht Club, Rittenhouse Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Wissahicken Skating Club of Philadelphia.

He served on the planning board for the town of Hope; was a trustee of The Community School in Camden and Mid-Coast Mental Health. He was also a member of several nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia.

Peter is survived by his wife of 49 years, Esther Page Sexton; his sister Felicity Bowditch and her husband, Jim of Camden; daughters Elizabeth Klebe and her husband, Kurt of Falmouth; Catherine Sexton and her husband, Jeffrey Walker of Falmouth; Mary Unruh and her husband, Chuck of Carlisle, Pa.; eight grandchildren: Ben and Nate Klebe, Sam, Tom and Will Walker, Sarah, Emily and Anna Unruh; sister-in-law Cary Page of Takoma Park, Md.; brother-in-law, Shippen Page and his wife Anne St. Goar of Cambridge, Mass.; AFS son Douglas Graham and his family of New York City; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11a.m. at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., Camden with the Rev. Kevin Pleas officiating. A reception at the church will follow. The family suggests memorial contributions in Peter’s memory be made to The Community School of Camden, 79 Washington St., Camden, ME 04843 or Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Care and Hospice, 169 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the Sexton family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Joan Crandall | Dec 29, 2012 12:40

Essie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.

God bless

Joan Crandall (Cicogna)


Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 18, 2012 17:32

I am saddened by the passing of such a wonderful husband and father; community volunteer and participant. I know in my heart he is welcomed to God, not for all the wonderful charitable works he has done, but for contiributing to Hope and Camden communies and the UCC Camden Congregation Church in Camden.. Love to the children and Essie.

 Blessings, Mickey +

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