REDDING, Conn. -- Stephen Anton Peterson, 73, of Redding, an EMT with the West Redding Fire Department and volunteer for other community organizations, died on peacefully on Feb. 10, at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Peterson was born on May 18, 1943, the son of Genevieve Marie (Smith) and Gunnar Wilhelm Peterson at Parsons Hospital in Flushing, N.Y.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1969. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from City College of New York and worked in the packaging industry for 40 years for Interlake Steel, Delta Strapping Industries and Nasco Packaging.
Peterson was an active member of the community -- best known in his uniform of navy blue sweater, khaki pants, and white sneakers - and volunteered his time and services to the West Redding Fire Department as an EMT, as well as spending countless hours building sets for Joel Barlow and John Read stage productions and teaching Boy Scouts to cook for their merit badges.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Janice (Jan) Colleen (Peterson) Peterson and his beloved children, Stephen Peterson and his wife Jamie of Bridgewater, and Genevieve MacDonald and her husband Joshua of Redding,. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Aidia, Euan, and Paisley Peterson; his dog, Tiberius; and many family, friends, and loved ones across the country.
Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 W Church Street, Georgetown, CT 06829. Stephen's Memorial Service will take place in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 2:00 pm Saturday, Feb. 18 and a gathering of friends and family will take place immediately following at the West Redding Fire House.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Redding Fire Department Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 9, West Redding, CT.