In Memoriam: Peter John Revill

This memorial obituary is reprinted from Hartford Courant, September 22, 2011:

REVILL, Peter John 

Peter John Revill died on September 18. He was born in Wallington, Surrey, England on June 2, 1923, the son of Marion Peacock and John Stanley Revill. The family lived in Geneva, Switzerland for several years of his boyhood. They returned to England when he was 12 and made their home in London. Peter attended Raines Park County School, then received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Battersea Polytechnic Institute. He was employed by the Wandsworth Borough Council until he went to work as a civilian for the British Admiralty during World War II.

The Admiralty sent him to Arbroath, Scotland and to His Majesty’s Dockyard in Bermuda. In Bermuda, he met his future wife who was traveling on terminal leave from the U.S. Navy (WAVES). They spent the first year of their 64 year marriage in Bermuda.

When Peter’s term of service with the Admiralty was up, they moved to CT and Peter went to work for the Metropolitan District Commission in Hartford. There he worked in the Design division of the Water Bureau for 37 years, becoming Chief Design Engineer, until his retirement. The Revills lived in Newington and West Hartford before moving to Rocky Hill in 1959.

Peter took great pleasure in restoring and improving his home. The Revills had a vacation home in Rensselaerville, NY. Peter took a great interest in local history and land conservation. He was active in the Rocky Hill Historical Society for many years, serving as president and chairman of the restoration committee of Academy Hall. He served as chairman of the Land Management Committee of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust for several years, and he was an active member of the Building and Grounds Committee of the Unitarian Society of Hartford. In Rensselaerville, he worked in the Historic District Association.

Peter was predeceased by his twin brother Michael who died in infancy. He is survived by his wife Eleanor; daughter Barbara Lund of Bloomington IN; son Bill and his wife Carol of Meriden, CT; son Gregory of Salem, MA; grandchildren Sara Lund and her husband Aaron Beam of Portland, OR, Anders Lund and his wife Rana de Bey of Portland OR, Aaron Revill and his wife Heather of Middletown, Christopher Revill of Providence, RI and Madeleine Revill of Middleton, MA; and two great grandchildren, Niko Beam and Maianna Lund of Portland, OR.

There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford on Friday, October 7 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory may be made to the Betty Larus Adult Day Care Center, 705A New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.

An online guest book has been established where you may leave remembrances about Peter Revill and convey your condolences to the family.

 

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One Response to “In Memoriam: Peter John Revill”

  1. steadyjohn Says:

    I had the privilege of working with Peter Revill on several projects at the Rocky Hill Historical Society. Peter worked tirelessly to further the work of the society and his publications about early Rocky Hill were outstanding contributions to our understanding of the town’s history and her people. He will be sorely missed; my condolences to Bill Revill and to all of the extended Revill family.

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