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Peter M. Townsend

Peter M. Townsend, 77, husband of Robin D. Petersen of Back Bay Farm, Candlewood Road, Ipswich, died at home on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 following his long illness.

Born in New York City on July 31, 1945 he was the only child of late Edward and Yvette (LaRoux) Townsend. Pete was raised in Fairfield Connecticut. He joined the US Navy during the Vietnam era. Always a man of the ocean, he was a surfer, sailor and dive instructor. He and his young family lived aboard their trimaran Celeste for five years, sailing the east coast and the Bahamas.

After meeting Robin on a dive boat in the Bahamas, Peter and Robin married in 1989 and their focus became Back Bay Farm. They cherished the time they could spend on their boat Sweetie and Peter could often be seen cycling around Ipswich.

In addition to his wife Robin he is survived by two sons, Samuel S. Townsend of Derry, NH, Michael B. Townsend of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and a cousin, Guy LaRoux of Corpus Christi, TX.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Cousteau Society, P.O. Box 506, Etna, NH 03750-0506.

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