Updated: Peter B. Bevelaqua, 48, Owner of Norwood Insurance Agency

Peter Bevelaqua, 48, lifelong resident of Groveland and Haverhill, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, Saturday, Sept. 9, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Haverhill, Oct. 16, 1968, son of the late R. Burke Bevelaqua and Anne (Sullivan) Bevelaqua. He graduated from Kent's Hill School in Maine and attended Assumption College in Worcester. Bevelaqua was the owner of Norwood Insurance Agency in Groveland, where he served as president for 17 of his 25 years following in a three-generation tradition. He was a member of the Pentucket Kiwanis Club, the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agencies and was a proud sponsor of youth baseball, both the Riverside Bradford and the Groveland Baseball leagues.

He enjoyed golfing, skiing, boating and was a skilled captain at navigating the Merrimack River.

He leaves his mother Anne (Sullivan) Bevelaqua; sister, Melissa (Bevelaqua) Connell and her husband Brian; nephew, Charles "Charlie" Burke Connell; niece and goddaughter, Caroline Hannan Connell; and several cousins, relatives and many more loving and close friends.

Visiting hours to celebrate Bevelaqua's life are Thursday Sept. 14, at Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 S. Main St., Haverhill, from 4 to 7 p.m. Services begin Friday in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be in St. Patrick Church, 114 Center St., Groveland, at 10 a.m. Burial in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. A luncheon to celebrate his life follows at the Haverhill Country Club, Brickett Lane, Haverhill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bevelaqua's memory may be made in his name to either the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (mdsc.org) at 20 Burlington Mall Rd., Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803 or the American Heart Association (aha.org) at 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.

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