October 21 2019

Obituary: WWII Veteran, Beloved Family Man and Coach Peter Decareau, 95


A War World II veteran, former Burlington coach and beloved family man passed away earlier this month. 


Peter Joseph Decareau passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 11, 2019 at the age of 95 years old, according to his obituary.  

Peter, one of nine children of Arthur and Alice Cecareau, was born and grew up in Saugus. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he felt compelled to leave high school to serve and defend his country.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for over three years during the harshest and most deadly battles of the war. 

Peter held the rank of Gunners Mate Second Class and served on four ships during the war. He was on one Navy vessel hit by a kamikaze and another vessel by an enemy warship. He visited 30 ports and fought in the invasions of Sicily, Africa, Normandy, and Okinawa.  

During the D-Day battle, he was a gunner on an LSC shuttling troops to the beaches that was hit and sunk during the battle. He served aboard the SS Ralph Izard, SS Kofresi, as well as others. He was in Japan during the signing of Potsdam Declaration for Japan’s unconditional surrender. 

“Peter was honored to serve his country in one of the most life altering times of many Americans,” his obituary reads. “He proudly wore his Navy Veteran hat and clothing to show the respect of those who passed and that others might know the sacrifice he and others made during the War.”

He and his wife Hazel (Goudreau) Decareau moved to Burlington in 1960 to raise his four children and became part of the community. He coached baseball, hockey, and basketball when his children were participating in youth sports. Peter played softball in the Burlington Recreation Department summer league, enjoyed golfing, a good game of cribbage, and spending hours tending to his garden. He wouldn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand to a family member, friend, or neighbor.  

This year Peter went back to Saugus High where he received an honorary high school diploma.

Click Here to read his full obituary by Sullivan Funeral Home.


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