In Memory of

Peter

H.

Cobb

Obituary for Peter H. Cobb

Peter H. Cobb, age 85, formerly of East Hartford CT and Orleans, MA, died peacefully on December 11 at the Meadow Green Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Waltham.


Despite having a very serious heart operation as a teenager, Peter led a very active life. He especially loved conducting the Harwich Town Band, circuses, Nauset Beach, music, coffee ice cream, tap dancing, golden retrievers, barbershop quartet singing, chocolate ,Tom Lehrer, Christmas, his cat Ruby, Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, Frank Lloyd Wright, beef, The Christmas Tree Shops, and whole belly fried clams.


Peter and his late wife of 44 years, Sharon (Gotch) Cobb, were avid collectors of such diverse items as circus memorabilia, marbles, antique clocks, books, and especially Christmas items. Their home in Orleans, to which they retired full-time in 2002, featured a year-round “Christmas Room” filled with all manner of Christmas trees, nutcrackers, and Santa figurines. The centerpiece was a full room mural of a Christmas scene featuring Peter and Sharon as children, painted from photographs by the noted Cape Cod artist Cammie Watson.


Peter Harwood Cobb was born in Newton on August 21, 1938, the son of Robert and Marian Cobb. He graduated from Newton High School in 1957. As a teenager, he was active in Boy Scouts and was a counselor at Camp Quinapoxet in Rindge, NH for many summers. He graduated from Harvard College (where he was student conductor of the Harvard Band) as a music major in 1961, and earned a master of arts in teaching degree from Harvard in 1962. He did further post-graduate work at the University of Chicago, where he met his future wife. He taught music in the Newton public schools and later taught in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He served as conductor of the Harwich Town Band — which included Sharon Cobb as its bass drummer — from 2006 to 2019. The band’s members always called him “Maestro.”


Peter is survived by his brother, Nathan, and sister-in-law, Margery Cobb, of Cambridge; his nephew Ethan Cobb, Ethan’s wife Laura Wallach, and their son Jonathan Bradley Cobb of Jeju Island, South Korea; and by his late wife’s family.


The Harwich Town Band will be performing a memorial concert for Peter at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harwich Town Band, ℅ Tom Jahnke, 9 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich, MA 02645.