Peter Edward Bouley – Glocester

Peter Edward Bouley – Glocester

Peter Edward Bouley, 73, of Chepachet, R.I., passed away on July 29, 2019, after a long and brave eight-month recovery attempt following severe spinal injuries sustained in a car accident. Peter was able to spend precious last moments with cherished family and friends.

Peter was born on June 15, 1946, and raised in Harrisville, R.I. The oldest of five children, Peter spent his youth playing backyard games on Conley Lane and biking around town with family and neighborhood children. A lifelong love of heavy machinery began when Peter worked on local farms, including a passion for steam power which eventually would lead him to various corners of the world. Peter’s mother instilled a passion for music when she taught him to play the piano. Peter became an accomplished pianist and organist, sharing his talents with many throughout his life at church services, events in Vietnam for his fellow soldiers, and showcased his skills, with the Boston Pops while attending Berklee College of Music.

Peter’s tenacious personality and strong moral conviction guided his decisions throughout his life. Rather than waiting to be drafted into the military during the Vietnam Conflict, Peter enlisted with the Marine Corps and proudly served his country. Peter relished all future conversations with fellow veterans from all branches of the military.

After his time in the military, Peter followed his passions in all things related to big equipment and steam powered machines. He happily traveled to all 50 states and several countries building and fixing boilers and train engines and providing training in welding. Some of his proudest accomplishments include restoring the E.P. Ripley steam train at Disneyland and the train used in the historical fiction mini-series "North and South." During these years, Peter perfected his ability to connect with like-minded people wherever he went and earning a reputation as a caring and kind-hearted person, affectionately known by the moniker “Dr. Steam."

Peter had always envisioned having a large immediate family which was realized in 2007 after meeting and marrying Sandra Phillips-Bouley. Sandy, her three daughters, and their families completed his dreams. Peter and Sandy spent many happy years together traveling and enjoying their grandchildren. Peter immensely enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events, joking with them, listening to them play their instruments, and teaching them everything he could about trains.

Peter is survived by his wife, Sandra Phillips-Bouley; his three daughters, Christine Phillips and her husband Joe Gnatek, Sharon Bovia and her husband Mike, and Kathryn Washington and her husband Jay; and his six grandchildren Craig, Carter, Hannah, Emilie, Camryn, and Jameson.

In addition, Peter leaves his loving siblings, John Bouley and his wife Kathy, Mary Ellen Bouley and her husband Thomas Clark, Emily Lucas and her husband Armand, and Jane Blanchette; his six nieces and nephews; and many other friends and relatives. Peter is predeceased by his parents Ellen and Aldore Bouley and brother-in-law, Thomas Blanchette.

Calling hours will be held Monday, August 5, 2019, at 9 a.m., at Tucker Quinn Funeral Home, 643 Putnam Ave. (Rt.44), Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church, 45 Main St., Harrisville. Private burial at the Rhode Island Veteran’s Cemetery will follow on a separate date.

Memorial donations may be made to Fisher House Boston, P.O. Box 230, S. Walpole, MA 02071.

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