Alan Peabody's Story
Alan Peabody Lavender, age 73, longtime Newburyport resident, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Methuen. He was the devoted husband of forty-six years of Elizabeth “Betty” Lavender.
Born in Rockland, Maine on March 15, 1943, son of the late Stephen Lavender and Anna (Locke) Lavender, he received a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Rhode Island, followed by a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.
Al, as he was known by many, loved politics, and had served three terms on the Newburyport City Council and one term as Mayor of Newburyport. Al remained actively involved in his community, serving on the Board of the Friends of the Public Library for 27 years and was the co-editor and founder of their newsletter, as well as a longtime member of Central Congregational Church of Newburyport.
Al enjoyed many years as a member of the Masons, with membership in the Corinthian Lodge of Masons in Millvale, Pa.; St. Mark’s Lodge and St. John’s Lodge of Newburyport, was a Past High Priest of St. Andrews Chapter of York Rite Masons in Boston, which is the oldest Chapter in the U.S., Past High Priest of King Cyrus Chapter of York Rite Masons of Newburyport, which is the second oldest Chapter in the US, and was awarded the Benjamin Hurd Junior Medal, Past Illustrious Master of Boston Council, where he was awarded the Blake Bayley Medal; Boston Commandery #2; and President of the Masonic Temple Association of Newburyport.
As an avid sailor, he was a lifetime member of the American Yacht Club and sailing remained a big part of his life. He also had a passion for flying and was a member of the EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association. He built his own Sonex airplane and received his pilot’s license in 2014.
Throughout his life he followed his dreams with a gusto that never subsided. At the heart of everything he did, was his love of family, love of friends, love of community, and needless to say, Love of Life.
In addition to his loving wife, “Betty” Lavender, he leaves behind a son, Roy Lavender and wife Marian of Tewksbury; two daughters, Nadine Lavender of Chicopee and Sharyn Conners and husband, Dan of Australia; two brothers, John Lavender and wife, Margaret of Westport and Thomas Lavender and wife, Gina of Delaware, along with several nieces, nephews, extended family members and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Peter Lavender and a sister, Stephanie Parke.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport. Burial will be private. Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. with Masonic Services conducted by St. John’s Lodge of Newburyport at 3:30 p.m. just prior to the start of the visiting hours. Donations in his memory may be made to the Friends of the Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.