Peter B. McKay

BEVERLY — Peter Boyer McKay was born June 30, 1943, in Orange, Mass., to Clyde and Lucy (Smith) McKay. He died at home Sept. 30, 2015, in Beverly. He grew up in the Athol-Orange area and graduated from Athol High in 1961; from Gordon College in Wenham in 1966 with a B.A. in philosophy; and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary of South Hamilton in 1970 with a Master of Divinity.

He is survived by his wife of more than 51 years, Pat, and their two sons and their families, Peter J. and Sandie of Lavon, Texas, and their seven children, and Trevor and Janet of Youngsville, N.C., and their five children; his sister, Cynthia Clough of Hinsdale, N.H., and her five daughters and their families; Donna Leavitt of Athol; Marlene Rose of Hinsdale; Karen Connell of Lutz, Fla.; Laura Monette of Orange; and Janet McComb of Winchester, N.H.; and the families of deceased brothers Wayne and Clyde McKay.

Peter was ordained in both the American Baptist and the Evangelical Covenant denominations and pastored three churches from 1970–81 in Adams, Mass.; Port Jefferson, N.Y.; and Plainville, Conn. He was director of administrative services at the Children’s Home of Cromwell, Conn., from 1980–88. He and Pat returned to the North Shore in 1988, where he was employed until 2001 in accounting and computing. Peter was a security guard at Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, until 2009. He battled Alzheimer’s and several other medical issues for his last 13 years. He had a remarkable knowledge of Scripture, and his faith sustained him to the end. He was a member of North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly Farms, and loved serving in various capacities.

Peter was a gentle, kind and well-loved man. His spiritual depth, his desire to be helpful, and his tremendous sense of humor endeared him to many. He loved family, dry humor, logic, theology, gospel music, and taking naps on the floor with beloved furry friends.

He was cremated, and a service of celebration was held Oct. 10 at North Shore Community Baptist Church. 

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