Peter James Lafferty
Peter James Lafferty, 31, of Nashua, died peacefully at home on Friday morning, December 2, 2016. He was born August 26, 1985, in Manchester, the son of Tim and Joan Lafferty of Nashua. He was raised and educated in Milford and Nashua. He was a 2004 graduate of Nashua High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Pete lived with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and most recently cancer, yet that did not stop him from living an active and full life. He was a member of Crossway Christian Church in Nashua for many years, and more recently was involved in Crossway’s Milford Campus over the past two years. He enjoyed being part of the ministry and he had a genuine love for God and for people.
He was also actively involved in Joni and Friends, a ministry outreach to individuals and families affected by disabilities. He served in a variety of ways throughout the years, and always enjoyed being involved in their annual Family Retreats, which were often the highlight of his year.
He was a member of the Nashua-Hudson Toastmasters Club and served in a variety of roles including President in 2014. Pete was honored to receive the club’s Toastmaster of the Year award in 2011 and 2016. In addition, he was a big New England sports fan and took pride in the many championships that were won during his lifetime.
Pete confronted his disease with a level of courage and grace that was truly a testament to his faith, hope and love of Jesus. He inspired his family, friends, and everyone he met by his inspirational speaking, his poetry, his online posts, and most importantly, through the manner in which he lived his life to bring honor and glory to God. We are grateful to everyone who was part of his life, and we’re thankful for the wonderful care that he received from all the medical professionals, caregivers and volunteers over the years.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal g r a n d p a r e n t s , Marge and Bud Disbrow of Cheshire, CT; his paternal grandmother, Toni Lafferty of Groveland, MA; aunts and uncles, Linda Disbrow of Hamden, CT; Jim and Judi Lafferty of Groveland, MA; John and Lauri Lafferty of Evanston, IL; Tom and Maureen Lafferty of Portland, ME; Liz Lafferty of Manchester, and Joanne Lafferty of Portland, ME; and cousins, Molly and Dan Lindberg of South Portland, ME, and Noah and Sophie Lafferty of Evanston, IL. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Joe Lafferty, his grandfather, James Lafferty, and an uncle, Paul Disbrow.
Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside Street, Nashua, NH at 4:30 pm with a reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pete’s memory to Crossway Christian Church, 503 Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, NH 03062 or Joni and Friends New England, 307 Highlander Way, Manchester, NH 03103. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, Nashua, NH.(603) 882-0591. www.farwell funeralservice.com.