Robert Carl Peterson

robert peterson

September 1, 1933 ~ July 18, 2023

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Robert Carl Peterson, 89, of Hamden, husband of Joan Hubler Peterson, passed away at Yale-New Haven Hospital on July 18, 2023. Born in New Haven on September 1, 1933 to the late Gothard and Pauline Marotte Peterson, Robert grew up in the New Haven area before settling in Hamden, where he and his wife of 69 years raised their family. A proud US Navy veteran, he went on to work for SNET for the next 44 years. Robert started with the phone company as a draftsman, working his way up to manager of building construction. Even after retiring, he returned to work for another five years as a consultant for SNET. Robert had a huge role in the start-up and organization of the Hamden hockey program before becoming president of the Hamden Hockey Organization. It was important to Robert that hockey was available to all boys in town. One of the many ways he made that happen was to collect “retired” equipment and fix it up for players who wanted to play but couldn’t afford to.
Besides his wife, Joan, Robert will be remembered by his children and their spouses, Jill Peterson & Elizabeth Bell of Atlanta, GA, Eric & Susan Pomarico Peterson of Hamden, Doug & Jill Peterson of Guilford; grandchildren, David Bell, Ryan, Nathan, Christian, and Alex Peterson; brothers, Paul & Jane Peterson of North Branford and Gary & Lorraine Peterson of South Daytona, FL. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Louise Brunnelle Marotte, who helped raise Robert and was always a constant in his life.
Friends are invited to visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., followed by a service in the funeral home at noon. Burial will be private. Contributions in Robert’s memory may be sent to Guiding Eyes for the Blind,


Visitation: July 22, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Funeral Service: July 22, 2023 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Dear Joan,
    It’s been a long time, but my heart still broke when I saw the notice of Bob’s death today. At Grace and St Peters, he – and you – were such supportive and encouraging friends, especially in times of disagreement. Bob’s input was always invaluable, and his caring manner unfailing. His respect for all people was unfailing. I hold you in prayer in this time of grief. May the angels surround and uphold you both. Julie Kelsey

  2. i worked with Bob for a short period of time at SNET. He was always unfailingly polite and a gentleman in all respects. I didn’t have much interaction with him, but when I did he was a professional every time. My sympathies on your loss. He was a good egg.
    Michael Sopchak

  3. Bob’s loyalty to his family, friends, and career was remarkable. His management style was firm but fair, and he got the best out of a person’s performance by treating those with whom he worked with respect.
    I will always admire Bob’s sense of humor and never forget the business break he afforded my father and I in 1986 by awarding us a SNET Generator Building Addition Project at 310 Orange Street in New Haven.
    My condolences to the Peterson family.
    May he rest in peace.

  4. One of my most favorite people from St. Peter’s on the Hill, and Grace and St. Peter’s. He was such a gentleman. It was a pleasure to work with him on numerous projects at the church. Always smiling every time we met. I am so very sad. Love, Hollie

  5. My deepest sympathies to Joan and all their family. Thinking of Bob even now makes me smile. He was such a kind and gracious gentleman, always trying to put a positive spin on whatever came his way. He was a tireless volunteer working hard to maintain our aging church building and I’ll always be grateful for his many efforts to keep the rains from the congregants’ heads. Whenever we spoke, no matter how briefly, I always came away smiling.
    May his family and friends be comforted by their fond memories of him.

  6. Mrs. Peterson and Family,

    My deepest sympathies on Mr. Peterson’s passing. Remember his big smile from many years ago. Peace and blessings to you all.

    Sue Rego

  7. Our VCH, Veterans Coffee House meets monthly at the Wallingford Senior Center which not only gives our Vets the chance to socialize but also take part in enjoying a guest speaker which are related to military topics. We were founded in 2017 by Mark Halliday and Robert Boucher. Our Veterans are an exceptional group and our intention is to bring together to socialize, offer assistance and support. We can be contacted at the Wallingford Senior Center.
    At this very difficult time, our group would like to honor the loss of Robert Peterson as a fallen brother. Our military Veterans send out their heartfelt condolences to the Peterson family and friends. As an Navy Veteran, he had joined an elite group of honorable men and women and our Country will forever be in his debt.

  8. I heard today Bob Peterson passed, My heartfelt sympathy to Joan and family. Interesting that it can be YEARS since you actually see someone, yet the love and loss you feel is so fresh. I can’t begin to share how kind that ‘Cousins’ Bob and Joan were to me. We shared years of Christmas cards with short stories of life happenings.

  9. Bob was a terrific guy, always willing to discuss Hockey! His service with the Mt Carmel Burying Grounds as our treasurer was greatly appreciated. Sincere Condolences for your loss

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