Thomas B. Peterson, 84, husband of the late Catherine Casagrande Peterson, formerly of Hamden, CT., died peacefully at his home in Stuart, FL on August 13, 2007, with his sons, Thomas and Michael, and caretaker, Maria Shanahan by his side. Mr. Peterson was born June 9, 1923 a son of the late Arnold and Maria Evers Peterson and attended both the University of Connecticut and Texas A & M before graduating from the University of New Haven with a degree in Accounting. He served with distinction in the Army's 83rd Infantry Division during WW II, earning a Bronze Star for valor and the rank of Major. He obtained his CPA and managed his private accounting business before joining CHR Industries as Comptroller in 1962. He became President and CEO of CHR in 1977 and retired, with that title, in 1987. Mr. Peterson was an All-State baseball player at Seymour High School and an avid golfer. He was a long-time member of the New Haven Country Club, where he served two terms as President. He loved all sports, and was a passionate Red Sox fan, who took great pleasure over their 2004 World Series Championship. Mr. Peterson is survived by his two sons and their families: Tom and Carolyn Peterson and their son, Tyler, and Michael and Cookie Peterson and their sons, Christopher and Matthew. He is also survived by his brother, Arnold Peterson, his brother-in-law, William Hunt, and many nieces and nephews. Family members, David and Josephine Wright, and Frank Gasson of Pocassett, MA., have provided Mr. Peterson with exceptional care, concern, and company over the past years. In addition to his wife Catherine, he was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Pastore and Cinda Hunt. A memorial service will be held Saturday August 25, at 10:30 am at BEECHER & BENNETT 2300 WHITNEY AVE HAMDEN, CT. Friends may call before the service from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Entombment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Hospices of Treasure Coast, 1201 S.E. Indian St. Stuart, FL, 34997 or to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, West 46th St. & 12th Avenue, New York, New York , 10036. To send a condolence please see obituary @www.beecherandbennett.com.

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  1. Dear Tom and Carolyn, Michael and Cookie, I was sorry to hear from my Dad about the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know from the loss of my mother, regardless of how .prepared. you think you are, you are still never truly ready. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the service, and am truly sorry that I can’t be there. Uncle Tom was a wonderful man, and I used to love the family gatherings we had when I was very young. Love, Tracy

  2. Dear Tom and Michael, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. I know he will be remembered as a kind and generous man by all who knew him. Please extend my sympathy to your families and friends, I know they will be a comfort to you during this sad time.

  3. Dear Tom, My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. May he rest in peace and may the Lord grant you and your family his peace and consolation. Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Vin Curran

  4. My sincere sympathy to you Tom, Michael and your families on the death of your father. I was Tom’s secretary at CHR until he retired and after he left, it was never the same. He had more class than anyone I ever worked for and was truly a gentleman. Peace be with you.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. May Uncle Tommy rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Christine

  6. To the families of Michael and Thomas Peterson: We are very sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept the deepest condolences from our family to your family. Know also that our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as our wish that with the passage of time your lasting memories will be of the warmest, most loving moments shared. Sadly, we will be attending a wedding in Massachusetts this weekend and will not be able to attend Saturday services. Love, The Langella and Dunnack Families

  7. Tom, I am sorry to have read about your father’s passing. May the support of those close to you be of comfort to you and your family. Deborah (the Bookstore)

  8. We were sorry to hear of Mr. Peteron’s passing. We wish to extend sympathy to all of his family and friends and pray that he rest in peace after a long and productive life. Bill and Sheila Hurteau, Orleans, MA

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