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Peter Brown Lane


Peter Brown “Bub, Pistol” Lane, 85, formerly of Winthrop Street, Essex passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Seacoast Nursing Home in Gloucester.

Pete was born June 2, 1936, in Ipswich, the son of the late Maynard W. and Hazel E. (Brown) Lane. He was raised in Ipswich, graduated from Ipswich High School in 1954, and moved to Essex in 1960, with his former wife, the late Judith (Woodman) McComiskey.
Pete grew up on Lane’s Dairy Farm where he spent most of his time throughout grammar and high school milking the cows, bailing the hay, and delivering milk. When he married Judi in 1959 he went to work at Woodman’s of Essex where he did everything from frying clams, to taking part in building the “icehouse”, “clambake room”, top deck, and The Essex Room. He even made the iconic red wooden lobster that is seen by all who travel the causeway and the river. Later he worked as a trailer truck driver, then as a very gifted contractor, able to make anything out of wood. He built the house he raised his family in, and would never say no to anything his kids asked, whether it was picking up the grandkids, or building them a shed, they could count on him. He was a long time member of the Essex Fire Department and the Manchester Masonic Lodge AF&AM.

Nothing made him happier than being in his barn puttering around whether he was alone or in the company of anyone who may have stopped by for a cocktail. Pete was known and loved by so many! He lived on Winthrop St. in Essex for over 30 years where most of his days were spent in his ‘barn’, which was also his workshop. Everyone in town knew where to find him and knew they could count on him if they needed anything fixed, needed help with a project, wanted a jar of his famous mouthwatering mustard pickles, or just to talk. He was always happy to help, and always loved the company. He spent many Thanksgiving holidays “down the camp” in Greenfield, Maine with his son, Tim, good friends Hatchy and Ronnie, and whoever else decided to go. Pete loved to tell stories of growing up on the farm, his mischievous days in school and his time at the camp, everyone loved hearing them. He was also known for his quick “Pete-isms”, which he shared until he took his last breath.

Pete took a fall on May 29, resulting in a broken hip. After surgery, he suffered a heart attack, pneumonia, and other complications. That didn’t stop him. He kept up the fight showing his strength and love for his family as they sat by his side reminiscing about all the good he did through the years, and of course his “glory year” back in 1956. He was tough as nails.

Pete is survived by three daughters, Wendy A. Viator and her husband Ted of Ipswich, Cindy DiZio and her husband Jim of Essex, Terri Lafferty and her husband Eddie of Gloucester, a son Timothy Lane of Essex and his partner Robin Lundrigan; a brother, Mike Lane and his wife Carole of Topsfield; six Grandchildren Ashley Viator of Ipswich, Dexter Viator of Dorchester, Cailey Lafferty of Wakefield, Paige Lafferty of Boulder, CO, and Emma and Eve DiZio both of Essex, as well as several nieces and nephews and the “PIA” at Seacoast, (you know who you are). In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Robert, David, Richard, and Wallace (Sonny) Lane; his former wife, Judi (Woodman) McComiskey, and many in-laws and great friends. Pete will be profoundly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff on Atlantic Shores at Seacoast Nursing and Rehab for the special care and love given to our Dad during his 4 ½ years there.
“Tell’em to clear the causeway, I’m going home.”

His funeral service will be held graveside Wednesday, June 30 at 11 a.m. in Spring Street Cemetery, Spring St., Essex. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday 3 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be to the Essex Fire Company Equipment Fund, 11 John Wise Ave. Essex, MA 01929, and or, The Friends of Seacoast, designated to Atlantic Shores, 292 Washington St. Gloucester, MA 01930.


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