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Peter A. Mahieu 1948-2021


Williamsburg, MA – Peter A. Mahieu, 73, of Williamsburg, passed away January 19 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Pete had a wide circle of friends in the community, including many from his service as treasurer of the Town of Williamsburg.


Pete was born in Peoria, Illinois on September 1, 1948 to Roscoe and Virginia (Schmitt) Mahieu. The oldest of eight children, Pete grew up in Peoria and graduated from Bergan High School. He served in Vietnam from 1970-1971, and was awarded the Bronze Star.


Following his service in Vietnam, Pete attended Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in biology. He worked in a laboratory for several years in California, and went on to a career in information technology. He was elected Treasurer of Williamsburg in 2007 and retired in 2013.


Pete had many interests, from social issues to sports, particularly baseball and golf. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, a pitcher (southpaw) for many teams throughout his life, and held a patent for the “Adjustable Strike Zone Device,” designed to help pitchers improve their accuracy.


Pete was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Beki (Kirtley) Mahieu, and his brother Michael Mahieu. He is survived by his wife Jean Blakeman of Williamsburg, MA, brothers Joseph Mahieu, Charles (Mary) Mahieu, and Edward Mahieu and sisters Patricia (John) Robertson, Marian Barnum, and Donna (Jed) Savage; brother-in-law Chat (Laura) Blakeman and many nieces and nephews.


Pete will be remembered for his integrity, sense of humor, encyclopedic knowledge of rock-and-roll, and his generous heart.


Memorial services will be held in Northampton, MA and Peoria, IL in the spring to celebrate Pete’s life. Donations in Pete’s memory can be made to the Dakin Humane Society, dakinhumane.org.



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