Robert Francis Peters, 75, died at home on May 8, 2022, in Littleton, Colorado.
Bob was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, May 14, 1946, to Frank and Mae Peters and grew up in Arlington, MA, where he graduated from Arlington High School in 1964. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam from 1967-1969. Upon his return from Vietnam, Bob hit the slopes and skied every day for a month. Moving back to Arlington, MA, he officially began his career in the fledgling computer industry. Soon after, Bob met his neighbor Carolyn and the happy couple were married in April of 1970. This was the beginning of their great adventure together.
Bob’s career moved the family from Massachusetts to Belgium to England and then to upstate New York. Bob and his family took advantage of the expat life and traveled all over Europe. Bob loved to ski and passed that passion on to his family, taking them swishing down mountains all over New England, the Alps, Colorado, and one wonderful ski trip with Carolyn in Banff. Bob had a lifelong love of sailing and in the 1990s, earned his Captain’s license and spent several years with his first mate, Carolyn, navigating their sailboat Pilgrim up and down the New England coastline. In Bob’s retirement he traded his sailboat for an RV in which he and Carolyn visited National Parks and Historic Sites all over the United States. He was a lifelong reader and learner and over the years became well versed in astronomy, photography, woodworking, family genealogy, and American history. Bob loved music and the family still enjoys listening to “Bob’s Mix,” a collection of songs that Bob himself called the greatest collection of songs ever made. No matter where Bob went, everyone knew he was from the Boston area because of his strong accent and great love for the Red Sox and the Patriots.
Bob may have been an adventure seeker but the thing that brought him the most joy was spending time with his family. He enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and more recently, his great grandsons. With family, Bob loved to sit and visit, drink hot coffee, play dominoes, watch movies, explore local sites, share a pizza, and on occasion, have ice cream for dinner! Bob’s friends and extended family live all over the country and while he may not have been able to see them as often as he wished, he treasured his time with them and appreciated all the love and support they shared.
We are a close family and really miss our Bob, Dad, and Pop. We take comfort in knowing that he is out there in the great beyond, alternating between days of steep, bumpy double black diamond ski runs and ones sailing the wide, wavy oceans. All the while we are comforted knowing that he is watching over us and reminding us to “drive carefully.”
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Caroyn Kendall (Tinkham) Peters of Colorado, son David Peters (Michelle) of North Carolina, daughter Allison Peters Jensen (Stuart Jensen) of Colorado, grandson Alex Jewett Peters (Amy) of Washington, granddaughter Kelsi Baber (Morgan) of Kentucky, and his two adorable great grandsons, Theo and Benji. Bob was preceded in death by his father Francis Gilbert Peters, mother Mae Pauline (Hartwell) Fair, two brothers, Donald Lee Peters and Edward Elwayne Peters and a sister, Susan Mary Reece.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for later this year.
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