John S. Peters, 90, of Edgecomb, passed away in his home on Nov. 6 after spending a busy, joyful weekend with much of his large family. Born on Oct. 2, 1928 in Queens, N.Y., he was the proud son of Irish and English immigrants, the late Margaret and George Peters.
He served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Charles R Ware from 1946 to 1949. He married his wife, Mary, in 1953, then lived on Long Island for 45 years from 1956 until 1991, where he worked at the phone company for more than 30 years. In 1991, he and Mary retired to their home in Edgecomb – the same home in which his parents had lived and died – and in which he lived for the rest of his life.
John was a devout lifelong Catholic, and active with St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle, as a parishioner and usher. He was a man of many and diverse interests. He was a ham radio aficionado, and his radio friends knew him by his call sign K2LOT. He loved fishing and always owned a boat. He was a deer hunter, often hunting in the woods behind his home. His preferred car was a Mercedes, and he owned many in his life. He enjoyed building model trains and planes, and developing photos in a darkroom. He always liked staying on the edge of the latest communication technology, from the telegraph in his younger years up to an iPhone in his later years. He maintained a large, cluttered workshop in his garage and was a talented handyman and craftsman. He was a skilled gardener, and his family enjoyed many meals featuring his tomatoes and sugar snap peas. He was also proud of his more than 30 years of sobriety, regularly attended meetings, and mentored countless others.
After the death of his beloved wife in 2012, his caregiver and companion was his devoted daughter Susan Peters, of Edgecomb. He is also survived by sons, John (“Jack”) Peters of Damariscotta, Stephen Peters of Edgecomb, and Thomas Peters and wife Haiyan Peters of Pittsburgh, Penn.; daughter, Elaine (Peters) Schultheiss of Doylestown, Penn.; adoring grandchildren, Jacklyn (Peters) Jordan and husband Christian, Lynsie Peters, Matthew Peters, Ryan Peters, John Peters, Jinjin Peters, Christine Schultheiss, Stephanie Schultheiss, Julianne Schultheiss, and Arthur (“A.J.”) Schultheiss; as well as a large extended family, including Lynn Allain and Dorothy Peters, and many friends. Throughout his life, he always owned and loved dogs, and now leaves behind Tank, Annie, and Pearl.
Visiting hours were held Nov. 12 at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. A funeral mass was held Nov. 13 at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle.
To honor of his life, donations may be made to the St. Patrick’s Church, Old Church Fund, PO Box 598, Newcastle, ME 04553.
Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.