Peter Fletcher Wells Sr.
Representative Peter Fletcher Wells, Sr. of Commerce, MI died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the age of 71. Pete was the caring husband of Sally for nearly fifty years, warm and affectionate father to Peter Jr. and Stacy, and proud grandfather to Peter III, Nicholas, Nick, Chloe and Elijah. Pete has a twin sister Sil and older brother Doug. He was much loved by his friends all around the country.
Pete was born in Providence, RI to Dorothy and Douglas Wells, and spent his early years in Barrington. After leaving the service in the Air Force, Pete moved to Maine and attended college for several years. Pete raised their family in Amherst, NH, in a loving household filled with laughter.
Pete’s work life included the Gulf Oil Company, Valicenti Realty, Tinkham Realty, but his best achievements were real estate ventures with Sally and their companies, S.A. Wells & Co. (salon) and Treasures Antiques and Collectibles.
During his time in Amherst, Pete was an active and positive contributor to the community. He enjoyed local and state politics, serving as a Town Selectman, School and Town Board Moderator, and three terms as a New Hampshire State Legislator representing Amherst and Bedford. Pete volunteered on the Rescue Squad, was a member of the Rotary Club and known for always helping others.
In 2001, Pete and Sally moved to Michigan to launch businesses with their daughter. As an Executive Director and owner of L’esprit Salon & Spa and L’esprit Academy School for Hair, Skin and Nails (of Livonia & Royal Oak, MI), Pete lent his knowledge and experience to students and staff ensuring the companies’ spot as a leader in the beauty industry.
Pete loved anything with a motor, wheels or smelling of gasoline. His humor, smile, and ability to make anyone feel important were second to none. He loved his country, and family was his greatest pride.
A life celebration “For Pete’s Sake” was held at his lakeside home in Michigan to commemorate his achievements and impact on those who knew him.
A memorial fund in his honor has been established and contributions can be made to “The Peter F. Wells, Sr. Memorial Fund” at Fifth Third Bank (Michigan) or donations in his honor to The Wounded Warrior Project.