John M. Peterson, 1937 - 2014

John M. Peterson, 76, of Lewiston, Maine (formerly of Phillipsburg, New Jersey) passed on September 24, 2014, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Auburn, after a hard fought battle with melanoma.    John was born on November 16, 1937 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and was the son of the late Richard E. Peterson and the late Agnes Kuss Peterson Wilson.    

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John married the love of his life, Doris (Bryant) Peterson in May 1966 and they started their married life together in his hometown of Phillipsburg, New Jersey.   John first worked for the Penn Tire Company in New Jersey.  However, New England life called and in 1967 the young couple moved to Lewiston, Maine where John embarked on a 35-year career with George Business Forms (later GBF Information Systems) until his retirement in 2002.  John wanted to give special thanks to Larry George of George Business Forms who believed in him all those years ago.

Finding retirement too sedate, in 2004 John started to work part-time at The Home Depot where he continued up until two weeks ago.   John treasured the friendships of work colleagues, including those at GBF with whom he worked for many years and his newer The Home Depot co-workers who supported him through his illness of the last year. 

An avid baseball player, fan and coach, John was active in Lewiston-Auburn baseball for many years.  In 1979, 1980 and 1981, John was the first three year President of Elliot Avenue Little League in Lewiston.  From 1985 through 1994, John coached Legion baseball (Post 22 & Post 31) where he led his teams to an overall 215-77 record.  Under his tenure, his Legion teams won their zone championship 5 out of the 10 years and went to the Maine State Championship Tournament 9 out of the 10 years.  John especially wanted to thank John Hesler, Bert Ouellette, Tom Clifford, Ron Plourde and Don Plourde who coached with him for their steadfast friendship and guidance over the years.

John also was the first President of the Lewiston Football Boosters in 1984 and he was a leading member of the committee to light up the field at the Lewiston LAP.

John leaves behind a loving family including his wife of 48 years, Doris (Bryant) Peterson; his son John M. Peterson, Jr. and daughter-in-law Cindy of Marietta, Georgia; daughter, Pamela Peterson Haddock and son-in-law John H. Haddock of Newmarket, New Hampshire; three grandchildren:  Christopher Peterson, Megan Peterson and Jerico Haddock.  John is also survived by three sisters and a brother:  Elizabeth Hummell of Phillipsburg, New Jersey; Shirley Weirsky of Alpha, New Jersey; Mary Fegley of Easton, Pennsylvania and Robert Peterson of Phillipsburg.   He was preceded in death by two siblings, his sister Patricia Stillo and his brother Richard Peterson.  John also has many loving nieces, nephews and godchildren. 

  John and his family would like to thank Dr. Pandey, Dr. Letafati and Dr. Ikossi and their respective staffs at St. Mary’s Hospital for their compassionate care.   John’s family would like to thank The Hospice House of Auburn, Maine for their loving and devoted care in making his final days peaceful and comfortable.


Funeral Notice


PETERSON, John M. Sr., 76, of Lewiston, died in Auburn on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 PM. Services will be Monday, 11 AM, at Holy Cross Church. Interment, Mt. Auburn Cemetery. If desired, a donation may be made in John’s memory to The Melanoma Foundation of New England, 111 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Suite 1005, Concord, MA 01742. 



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