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“Dearest Mary Kay....We were so, so saddened to get your phone message. I have tried to call but have an outdated phone number for you. Although...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: gail and andy oberta - friends

“Mary Kay, I've been recuperating from surgery and just now catching up on newspapers. I was shocked and saddened to learn of Rod's passing. I can't...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon M. Gowen - Farmington, CT

“Mary Kay and I were colleagues at a Hartford school in the late 90's. I met Rod there. He was, as usual, helping out. Our friendship continued...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Gail Holzrichter - West Hartford, CT

“Please accept my sincere regards to you and your family during this difficult time. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Mettley - Hershey, PA

“Very sorry to hear of the passing Rod. He and I worked closely together at NU during the construction of Millstone 3 and on many other projects. He...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: John Nicosia - Burlington, CT

“Rod Peterson was a very kind, brilliant man and a friend beyond all descriptions of the word. For the love of his family he fought a hard and long...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Linda DiNapoli - West Hartford, CT

“My condolences to his family and friends. I met Rod at a Keller Williams function and later from time to time in West Hartford. He was a real...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Pat Macomber - West Hartford, CT

“My deepest sympathies to you, Mary Kay, and your children. ...May you find comfort in knowing how dear I continue to hold those wonderful memories...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Les Rottner - Bloomfield, CT

“Rod was one of the kindest souls I've met in my entire life. a genuine listener, generous with his time, in touch with the needs of others. During...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Larsen - Avon, CT

“We couldn't have been more fortunate to have Rod as a neighbor. It seems like we always have some sort of lawn or snow equipment problem and he and...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: The Walker Family - West Hartford, CT

“May the Lord keep you and bless you. Thank you for being such an Inspiration, thank you for your Warriorship, now Rest. Much Love to all. ~ Melissa...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Melissa Woodall-Clarke - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Take comfort in all the cherished memories you have. All our love, Sarah and Chris ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: sarah parker - Tampa, FL

“Dear Mary Kay & Family, I was always in awe of Rods strength, courage and toughness during his battle with cancer. And, the kindness he showed my...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Brown - Londonderry , NH


Rod Stuart Peterson died on Saturday, December 17, 2011 in the comfort of his home after an eight and a half year battle with cancer. He was the kindest and gentlest husband of Mary Kay, best father in the world to Colin and his wife Chrissie Peterson, of Hershey, PA and Marney and her husband Austin Kirk of Towson, MD. The adored "Grampy" of Hunter Kirk and Astrid, Shane and Dylan Peterson will be dearly missed. He is also survived by a brother, Gary, of Breckenridge, CO. A generous friend who could always be counted on to help, he was respected for his brilliant mind and dry wit. Never one to toot his own horn, he could, nevertheless fix just about anything, and usually did. A graduate of MIT, he worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, Dynamic Engineering and the Naval Weapons Station in Virginia. 30 years ago, he moved his family to Connecticut to begin a career at Northeast Utilities. Later, he took up Real Estate with William Raveis and later, Keller Williams where he made many friends and admirers, especially among his office mates who needed help with computers ~ you know who you are.

His life will be celebrated at the Church of St. Helena, 30 Echo Lane, West Hartford on Tuesday, December 20 at 11:00 am, with brief visitation with the family at 10:30. Repass luncheon will follow at Angelo's on Main, 289 South Main St., West Hartford 06107.

The family would like to thank Masonicare Partners Hospice, especially Laura and Leah and the staff at St. Francis Cancer Center, especially Gloria, Vidya and Jonathan Sporn, M.D. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Patient Care Fund at St. Francis Cancer Center, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105 or Masonicare Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108 or a charity of the donor's choice.

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