Peter M. Zacharias, 68: Lifelong dairy farmer

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FALMOUTH — Peter M. Zacharias, 68, died Oct. 7 at his home on Zacharias Farm in Falmouth.

Born Feb. 3, 1943, in Portland, a son of Ernest and Dora (Boulay) Zacharias, he spent the majority of his life on the family farm in Falmouth.

He attended Falmouth High School and the University of Maine, where he majored in animal science.

He ran a successful dairy farm in Falmouth, winning many awards and earning national recognition for his registered Holsteins. In 1979 he won the New England Holstein Association’s award for Outstanding Young Holstein Breeder and Maine’s JayCee’s Outstanding Young Farmer award in 1980.

For many years the Zacharias Holsteins’ herd classification scores were in the top 10 percent of all herds in the United States, and his cows were exhibited at national and international dairy competitions.

He judged many dairy shows in the Northeast and Canada and was always interested in helping the 4-H participants and younger exhibitors.   

He liked spending time with his family and took pleasure in teaching his grandchildren about the dairy farm, even giving them rides on the backs of cows when they were little.

Surviving are his wife, Corrie (Nottingham) Zacharias of Falmouth; a sister, Elizabeth Moody of Cumberland; his children and their spouses, David Zacharias of South Windsor, Conn., Nancy Villacci of Farmington, Mark Zacharias of Falmouth, and Karen Zacharias Cowperthwaite of Portland; special family members Murray Spruce of Bolivia, N.C., and Dale Simmons of Brunswick; grandchildren Anna and Nicholas Zacharias of South Windsor, Conn., Regina and Wesley Villacci of Farmington, and Eli and Lyle Cowperthwaite of Portland.

Visitation hours for family and friends will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the funeral home.

Please visit for additional information and to sign the guestbook.

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