Peter R.L. Sexton

Posted Dec. 14, 2012, at 7:54 p.m.

HOPE – Peter Richard Lord Sexton died Dec. 8, 2012, at home after a brief illness. Born Jan. 30, 1942, in Philadelphia, 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 Association. 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 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, Camden, and Mid-Coast Mental Health. He was also a member of several non-profit 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 and 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, many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., Camden, with the Rev. Kevin Pleas officiating. A reception will be afterward at the church. 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. Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Sexton family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.

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