LACONIA — Peter Hudson Burr, 66, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Concord Hospital after a brief illness, with his wife, Lynn, by his side.
Pete was born December 9, 1947 in Hingham, Mass., to Allston Pratt ("Shorty") and Lois Cushing Burr. He graduated from Boston University in 1972 with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. He served in the Navy in the early 1970s, stationed out of the now-closed Weymouth Naval Base. He worked in "Corporate America" during that time, and then left the three-piece suits behind for a new adventure.
For 16 years, Pete worked as a metal spinner, first at Consolidated Machine in Allston, Mass., and then on his own with Burr Enterprises. He moved the family to Gilford, N.H. in 1989 to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The next chapter started in 1992 when Pete and Lynn opened Cheapo Depot in the old Diamond Lumber building on Court Street. The business expanded over the years, and in 2005, they added a Budget truck rental dealership. Both businesses are still running at Paugus Plaza in Gilford.
Pete enjoyed many hobbies, including telling stories, gardening, playing cards, discussing history, and watching classic movies. During the 1980s, he participated in Civil War reenactments in Massachusetts. He also enjoyed woodworking, and more recently, made wooden furniture that was available for purchase at the store.
Pete leaves his wife and "partner in crime" of 44 years, Lynn Burr of Laconia; a daughter, Rachael of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, Carl of Meredith and Matthew of Laconia; and several grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours, as Pete wished to be remembered as the man everyone knew. He will be laid to rest at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charities he supported: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Burns Unit, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.