Peter G. Robart, Hampton Falls.
Peter G. Robart, 66, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on May 21, 2017 at the Edgewood Center in Portsmouth after a long period of declining health. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jane Shanahan, of Hampton Falls; his daughter, Katherine Robart Bal, and her husband, Erik Bal, of Minneapolis, MN; his daughter Jennifer Robart, and her fiancée, Matt Campbell, of Medford, MA; his brother, Mark Robart, and his wife Lisa Borinsky, of Somerville, MA; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved yellow lab, Teddy. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Joan and Frank Robart, of Needham, MA.
Peter grew up in Needham and was a 1969 graduate of Needham High School. He was a 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Jane. Peter co-founded Bavarian Autosport in 1974, Great Bay Spa and Sauna in 1978, and Selectwood in 1982, in Newmarket, NH, with his two longtime friends and business partners, Mark Ruddy and Dave Wason. The businesses relocated to Portsmouth in 1995. The three men remained constant friends and co-owners of the businesses until the time of Peter's passing. While the businesses grew substantially over the years, Peter kept his focus on one-on-one customer service, as well as on building personal relationships throughout the Seacoast, including his employees to whom he was a mentor, supporter, and incredibly generous friend.
Peter and Jane were residents of Hampton Falls for 40 years. Peter was deeply involved in town government, serving as a Selectman from 2003 - 2006. His volunteer leadership of the Town Improvement Committee and Recreation Commission resulted in many projects that will continue to benefit residents for years to come. Peter was instrumental in the enhancement of the Town Common and the development of the Governor Weare Park playing fields, managing every aspect, from the scheduling of games and to the field's maintenance and sprinkler system. His advice and knowledge about construction was vital to the success of many other town projects, including critical renovations and improvements to the historic Town Hall and the structural framework of the Old Stage Road covered bridge. He also served on the Capital Improvement Committee and Planning Board. Hampton Falls will remember Peter not only for his generosity, but as someone who contributed his energy and ideas, and was always happy to get his hands dirty.
Peter was a man of many passions, including windsurfing, skiing, golf, jazz, woodworking, and ice hockey, which he played multiple times a week until his illness. He loved spending time at home with his family and was never happier than when he was outside mowing his lawn or working in his garden with Jane.
The Robart family is grateful to the nurses and staff at the Edgewood Center for the loving care Peter received.
A celebration of Peter's life will be held on Friday, June 16th from 2-5 pm at the Huddleston Ballroom, Main St, Durham NH, on the University of New Hampshire campus. The program will begin at 2:30 pm. Parking is available just off of Mill Road, behind Huddleston Hall, as well as on the street and in the downtown area. In keeping with Peter's preferred style, dress is casual and comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peter Robart Scholarship Fund at UNH. These donations should be made payable to the UNH Foundation, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824 or online at https://www.unh.edu/give/ and please reference the Peter Robart Scholarship Fund in the memo line.