2005-10-13 / Obituaries

Thomas A. Potter Sr., 90

Thomas A. Potter Sr., 90, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 in South County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Kingston. He was the husband of 45 years to the late Hope Casselberry Potter.

Born in Saskatoon, Canada, on October 20, 1914, he was the son of T. Albert Potter and Eleanor Horn Potter. He was a longtime Jamestown presence. During his youth he resided in Lake Forest, Ill., and summered in Jamestown. He graduated from Kent School and Princeton University, and lived with his wife and children in Portsmouth, R.I. for many years before moving permanently to Jamestown in 1980.

He served as Lieutenant Commander on destroyer escorts in the Mediterranean and in the Atlantic during World War ll and took part in the invasion of Sicily.

He was a man of many interests and talents. He was the originator of the Pearson Triton sailboat and builder of one of the first solar homes in Jamestown. His primary passion was sailboats, including boat design, Shields racing, and he was a frequent participant in the Jamestown Round the Island Race. He built two boats of his own designSkua, and Resolute. He and his wife also ran a spice and herb business in Baraboo, Wis., in the early 1950s.

He is survived by his four children and their families: Thomas A. Potter III, Karen Morales Potter, and granddaughter Isabella Potter, all of Jamestown; Caryl Potter Cox, Tom Cox and granddaughter Emily Cox of Carbondale Ill.; Andrew N. Potter, Judith Sernatinger Potter and granddaughter Cora Potter of Lexington, Mass.; and Ann Potter Murray and Scott Murray of Portland, Maine; Joan Taft of Jamestown; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his loving companion of eight years, Ms. Inge Frew. He was predeceased by his brother Gordon Potter of Rumson, N.J., and his grandson Nathan Shepard Cox of Carbondale, Ill.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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