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May 20, 1949 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 72)

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SOUTHWICK – Peter Atwood Pinder, 72, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 17, 2022,  at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. 

Peter was born on May 20, 1949, in Holyoke, MA to Ralph Pinder Sr. and Pearl Pinder (Churchill).

Peter graduated from Suffield High School class of 1967.  He was a hard-working man and worked at Rockbestos Supernet for 35 years. 

Peter loved being surrounded by nature.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, motorcycling as a young man, and boating.  He loved all animals.  Peter and his family owned horses through the years.  He enjoyed feeding and talking to the chipmunks, birds, and doves around his home.  Peter was a devoted husband and enjoyed spending time with his wife of 45 years, Rose Pinder at the gun range in Westfield.  Many fond memories revolve around horseback riding with his wife, Rose, and daughters Cheryl and Laura. 

Peter was hailed as a hero by his family for saving the lives of his stepchildren and wife on 2 occasions. 

Peter loved being a grandfather, he taught his grandkids how to fish and enjoyed taking them on boating and tubing adventures. 

Peter is predeceased by his parents Ralph Pinder, Sr. and Pearl Pinder and his brother Ralph Pinder, Jr.

He leaves his wife of 45 years, Rose Pinder of Southwick, MA, his stepdaughters Cheryl White-Duffy and her husband Robert Duffy of Westfield, MA, and Laura Irving of Jacksonville, FL, his grandchildren: Erica Paton and her husband Josh, Sarah Meunier, Heather Meunier, Antoinette Irving and David Irving and his wife Alejandra Sandoval Irving;  his great-grandchildren: Sage Paton-Hobbs, Madalyn Campbell, and Athena Paton, along with other family members and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

All services are private and will be held at the funeral home.

Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Hwy, Southwick, MA is assisting the family with arrangements. 

To express condolences, share photos, or memories please visit Peter’s memorial page at





Peace, my heart,

Let the time for the parting be sweet.

Let it not be a death but completeness.

Let love melt into memory

And pain into songs.

Let the flight through the sky

End in the folding of the wings over the nest.

Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.

Stand still, O Beautiful

End, for a moment,

And say your last words in silence.

I bow to you

And hold up my lamp

To light your way.


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Private Services

Avalon Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services
691 College Hwy. PO Box 930
Southwick, MA 01077


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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