Former Wakefield man was a Chelsea firefighter

Published in the September 7, 2016 edition

Kannler-obit-webTOWNSEND — Peter F. Kannler, 37, of Townsend, a Chelsea firefighter and former Wakefield resident, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Melrose and raised in Wakefield, Peter was a graduate of Austin Prep Class of 1998 and furthered his education at Anna Maria College attaining a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science with the Class of 2011.

Originally a firefighter with the Westwood Fire Department, eight years ago he was a transfer to the Chelsea Fire Department where he was assigned to Engine 2, housed at Central Station in Fay Square.

Devoted to his wife, two girls and family, when he was not working at the station he was an instructor at the Massachusetts Fire Academy as well as the coordinator and representative for Chelsea for the Urban Area Security Initiative as a specialist in Rescue and Training and Hazmat Tech.

He was the devoted husband for 8 years to Michelle (Raymond). He was the beloved father of Kiley Anne and Hannah Beth. He was the loving son of Gunther and Patricia (Noseworthy) Kannler of Wakefield. He was the dear son-in-law of Jim Raymond and his wife Christine of Belmont and Maureen Murray of Arlington. He was the loving brother of Christine Kannler and her husband Jarrett Rushmore of Harvard and Kathleen Kannler and her husband Rob Kottmeier of Virginia.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a funeral service in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett on Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. Those attending please go directly to the chapel.

Visiting hours will be held in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal Services are private.