PETER DONALD McDERMOTT, AGE 73
Peter Donald McDermott, Age 73, formerly of Litchfield, Connecticut, died after a short illness
at his home in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 15, 2020
Peter lived in West Haven and Litchfield, Connecticut, with his parents, Thomas and Vincentia (McLoughlin) McDermott until he left Litchfield High School to attend the Montfort Missionary Seminary in Indiana. He continued his studies with the Montfort Missionaries in St. Louis. Peter’s death occurred on the Feast of the Assumption and 54 years to the day after taking his first vows with the Montfort Missionaries.
Peter was always interested in law enforcement, often “patrolling” area towns when home on breaks from his seminary studies. Eventually, he chose service as a police officer rather than service as a missionary priest. He was a decorated officer in the police departments of the City and County of St. Louis. Peter married his wife Anne Johnson McDermott in St. Louis where they have continued to reside.
Peter’s police service was cut short in 1991 when he suffered a disabling stroke caused by a ruptured cerebral aneurism while in the process of responding to a police call. Although physically compromised by his stroke, he continued a life of service as Peter and Anne actively participated for many years as food bank volunteers at their church.
At times when Peter was able to travel to Connecticut, he loved to regale his nieces and nephews with stories of the youthful adventures of Peter and his siblings – much to the amusement of all.
Peter is survived by his wife of four decades, Anne (Johnson) McDermott and five siblings: Thomas McDermott of Litchfield, CT; John McDermott of Brunswick, ME; Gregory McDermott of Monroe, CT; Elizabeth Fecto of Portland, ME; and Vina McDermott of Waterbury, CT and many nieces and nephews.
Peter’s wife, Anne, has graciously and selflessly honored Peter’s wish to be buried with his parents in Litchfield, CT. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Litchfield, CT on Monday, August 24th at 11:00 A.M. and followed by burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend.