Peter James Hathaway of Edgartown died peacefully on May 23 surrounded by his family and friends after a short battle with cancer. He was 71.

Peter was born on Dec. 22, 1943 to the late Lewis and Anna (Burgess) Hathaway. Peter fished during his earlier years and worked as a carpenter in his later years. He was a kind man, loved by his family and friends. He enjoyed helping others, animals, nature, and a good joke. Peter is predeceased by his brothers Lewis and John Hathaway of Edgartown. He leaves behind his brother Gary of Maine, many nieces and nephews, and his cat named Curious.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539. Visit for online guest book and information.