GARDNER -- Peter J. "Mike" Atter, 84, beloved brother, father and grandfather, passed away from this life on Saturday, June 15, 2013, after a long battle with COPD and MS at the Quabbin Valley Rehabilitation Center in Athol.
Mr. Atter was born in Gardner on Jan. 11, 1929, the son of Joseph P. and Lama Tobia Atter. He lived his entire life in Gardner and participated as a parishioner at the Sacred Heart Church regularly.
He is survived by his twin brother Edward of Gardner, his younger brother Franklin of Chatham and his sister Sally (Atter) Jabbour of Westport, R.I.
Mr. Atter leaves his daughter Bernadette Koram and her husband Joseph Koram, and four grandchildren Scharbel, Angela, John, and Julia, all of Jacksonville, Fla.
Because of a traumatic birth injury he became disadvantaged early on in his life. Mr. Atter attended several local elementary schools as well as state sponsored educational facilities for the handicapped. As years progressed he became an avid bowler, winning many trophies in league play at the Gardner Bowlaway.
He worked at Atter's Super Market as a bag boy for many years as well as a farm hand at Atter's Orchards in Temple, N.H., where he drove a tractor harvesting picked apples every summer and fall. Peter was a member of the former Lebanese American Association, and a member of the Crystal House Team, as well as an honorary associate of Bag Boys International.
In later years, his social agenda included a daily bus ride to the Paramount Café where he drank coffee with his many friends. However, his involvement in the workshop sponsored by the Department of Mental Health was a great source of pride because he "could make things," and building and repairing snow blowers was always a major challenge.
Peter will be sadly missed by his family which loves him dearly, as well as the many friends whose lives he touched over these past years. "To you Mike, we wish you God's speed, wherever you are."
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 21, from the Mack Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., Gardner, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 166 Cross St., Gardner.
Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery West Street, Gardner.
Calling hours will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be forwarded to the Sacred Heart School, 55 Lynde St., Gardner, Mass. 01440 or to the Crystal House, 55 Lake St., Gardner, Mass. 01440.
For more information or to send an online condolence, visit www.mackfuneralhome.com.
Mack Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.