The Rev. Dr. Harry L. Peatt, 79, a Roxbury resident since 1971, died peacefully at River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury, CT. on May 14, 2019 after losing a courageous battle with cancer. The son of the late Harry L. Peatt, Sr. and Helen J. Peatt of Stamford, CT,, he is survived by his beloved wife Krystyna, a daughter Debbie of Reisterstown, MD, a son Jeffrey of Finksburg, MD, a son Derek of Stockholm, Sweden, stepsons Paul Branco of Las Vegas, NV., Paul Veeder, and Douglas Veeder, four grandchildren and his faithful dog Dakota.
After graduating from Stamford High School, Harry attended UConn, Southern Methodist University, Yale University, Andover-Newton Theological School, and the Herbert Holt Institute for Psychotherapy, pursuing a dual vocational career as a minister and as a licensed clinical mental health counselor. He served as pastor, associate minister, or interim minister at churches in CT, NY, NH, VT, and WY, including as the Pastor of the Roxbury Congregational Church from 1971-73, while also working as a psychotherapist for various organizations, such as the Housatonic Mental Health Center, the Health Management Center, and Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Services in VT. For nine years, Harry was the Administrative Chaplain of Southbury Training School, and he also taught courses in psychology and substance abuse treatment at Post University and two other community colleges. Before his retirement, Harry was in charge of the counseling program for postal workers in VT and Western MA, receiving national recognition for his outstanding work for the USPS, as well as being an officer in the American Association on Mental Deficiency and a Board Member of the American Board of Examiners in Pastoral Counseling.
An accomplished folk musician, Harry performed with The Tamaracks in the 60’s, with a radio program on WLAD in Danbury. Along the way, he was also licensed as a Commercial Airline Pilot but circumstances pointed him in other directions. In his retirement, he devoted a lot of his time to writing poetry, entertaining residents of convalescent centers, and operating a small roadside nursery known as Hosta Heaven.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Woodbury, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at the Roxbury Congregational Church Friday May 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Harry’s Memory can be made to the Roxbury Congregational Church, 24 Church Street, Roxbury, CT 06783. To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.