Peter L. Regan


Major Peter L. Regan (Ret.) of Dayton, Ohio, beloved son of Eulalie M. and the late Peter L. Regan of Oak Bluffs, died Wednesday, November 9. He was 57 years old.

A native of Oak Bluffs, he grew up here in the 1950s and the ’60s. At the age of 16, he accomplished the feat of circling the Island on foot with three of his friends.

He was mostly schooled in Oak Bluffs, finishing at St. John’s Prep School in Danvers. He attended the University of Hartford, with a planned major in music. Taking a hiatus at the end of his sophomore year, he turned his attention to the U. S. Air Force; during this time, he not only advanced professionally but furthered his education, obtaining an MBA.

Specializing in military contracting, his breadth of experience covered the full spectrum from contracting to program management, to manufacturing, and to administration. His last assignment, as a civilian, was at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, again as a contract specialist.

Peter was tireless in his devotion to his family, neighbors, many friends, his work, and his country. To those who knew and loved him, he was larger than life with a smile to match. He never lost his love of music; he organized, sponsored and played in several small bands, encouraging a variety of talent along the way.

Although an infrequent visitor over the years, he never lost sight of his beloved Vineyard. After much wishful thinking and many attempts at returning, he has finally made it home.

Peter is survived by his two sons, Peter E. of Silver Spring, Md., and Jonathan P., his wife, Jennifer, and baby, Ramona, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; his sister, Eulalie Gutman, and her husband, Dennis, and their daughter, Christine, of South Easton; his brother, Philip, and his wife, Deborah, and their children, Shelby, Jared and Jeremy, of Oak Bluffs. He was predeceased by his daughter Kimberly.

A Mass was celebrated Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs, followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery.