Heaven gained a great one on September 2, 2022, when our father, Peter A. Austin, 84, died suddenly with loving family at his side.
The loss of his own father at a very young age was formative in shaping him to become the strong, determined, and loving son, brother, soldier, husband, father, and friend that he became. Our father joined the Navy in 1955 and was stationed in Winter Harbor, Maine. He was very proud of his service. On a day off from the base, he and some buddies took a trip into Bar Harbor, where he met and quickly fell in love with our mother Betty. They married in 1959 in Bar Harbor. After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, they relocated to New York City where they started their family.
Dad had many jobs in his life, but landed in the construction field, working his way up from bricklayer to vice president of a contracting company in NYC. While our father had a successful career in construction, he was always home on weekends to spend time with his family. He loved going to our many sports events and was always on the sidelines cheering us on or coaching our teams. Family always came first.
Bar Harbor always held a special place in our father’s heart, where he would take our family every summer to spend time with our mom’s parents and taking the neighborhood kids on mystery rides around MDI.
Dad and Mom finally decided to move to Bar Harbor in 1983, but he continued to commute into NYC every week until he retired in 1990.
After spending a few years in Florida, they made their way back home to Maine, to the island they loved so much. One of Dad’s favorite things to do was take a drive around “The Loop” in Acadia National Park and to sit on the rocks, watching the ocean.
Our father joined his beloved wife, Betty Austin; his parents, John Austin and Agnes Austin Leonard; his brothers, Father John Austin and Paul Austin; his brother in-law, Clifford Mott; and his daughter in-law, Diane Austin, in Heaven. He leaves behind his son, John Austin, his wife Lisa with their children Anna, and Jenny, her husband Chris Varnell, their two sons CJ and Colton; his son, Peter Austin, and sons, Ryan, Michael, Peter, his fiancée Lilly, and daughter, Chloe; his son, Bill Austin, his son, Tim Austin and wife, Dorothy, their children, Brittany and Tim; his daughter, Liz Shaffer, her husband, Dan, and their children, Brian, his son Leighton, and Megan, her husband, David Wernert, and their two children, Theo and Elizabeth; his daughter, Patty Galeaz, and husband, Kerry, their boys, Alexander and Zachary and his two sisters, Ann Mott and Jean Austin, along with many nieces and nephews.
It was important to our father to be loving, kind, fun, generous, and loyal to others in his life. He had a wicked sense of humor that often went unrecognized. We will miss this XL<3. We take great comfort in knowing our parents are together eternally.
Friends are invited to call from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. A Mass of Christian burial will be prayed 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 56 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, with Father Emile Dube as celebrant. Interment will be at Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor.
Those who desire may make contributions in Dad’s (Peter Austin’s), memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.