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In Memory of

James Peterson

October 1, 1960 - November 20, 2016

Obituary


James Alan Peterson, 56, died peacefully in his sleep at his home Sunday, November 20th. Jim was born in Falmouth and attended Falmouth and Cheverus schools. He was an outstanding athlete as a young boy and once in a Little League play-off game pitched a no hitter and hit 3 home runs while running a 102-degree fever.

After school, Jim started on the unconventional adventure of a lifetime. He was a Merchant Marine, a Jetline Pollution control specialist, a master welder of stainless steel, building control rooms at National Semiconductor and Mercy Hospital....

James Alan Peterson, 56, died peacefully in his sleep at his home Sunday, November 20th. Jim was born in Falmouth and attended Falmouth and Cheverus schools. He was an outstanding athlete as a young boy and once in a Little League play-off game pitched a no hitter and hit 3 home runs while running a 102-degree fever.

After school, Jim started on the unconventional adventure of a lifetime. He was a Merchant Marine, a Jetline Pollution control specialist, a master welder of stainless steel, building control rooms at National Semiconductor and Mercy Hospital. In 2004, he started his own plumbing and heating company called Aqua Works.

Along the way, he kept his large tribe of school friends as he added to the count everywhere he went. He drew people into his universe with his bigger than life, magnetic personality. The energy shifted when Jim walked into a room; the fun began when you heard Jimbo!, Jimmy Pete! Peterman!, Jimmy Jam, Jimmy Jalapeño!! Jim mastered huge bear hugs and storytelling, always leaving the crowd in a roar of laughter. He had an infectious genuine smile and sense of humor, once impressing Bonnie Raitt enough to let him ride in her limo after her show in Portland.

Jim was a member and cooked for benefits held by the Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion Post 76 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, raising money for less fortunate and needy children. He had a huge heart and people responded with generosity. His famous foods included fresh fish fries, Lobster/seafood stew and homemade beans in the ground.

He loved the Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR racing, making it to the Daytona 500 a few times with friends and one notable trip with brother Bill, Cousin Rob and great friend Bubba, wooha, that town was never the same after they left!

It gave him great joy and pride to have his business name Aqua Works on the race car he sponsored - Todd Hubbard- #07. He loved cars, especially his prize Porsche Boxster, which turned 100,000 miles last summer and he posted it on facebook when it happened. He gave his grandmother a ride in his baby blue 1971 Pontiac convertible when she was 80, she was smiling for days.

Any given weekend in the summer, he was found captaining his own boat or someone else's boat. He knew every island in Casco Bay (they say there are 365, one for each day of the year) and his favorite spot was Jewell Island where he'd drop anchor, have some food and beverages and watch the sun set with close friends. He said he felt free, no stress, just living when he was on the water.

His love of music took Jim to many concerts with his one and only and true love of 2 years, Ginger Petersen. Ginger loved his giggles, his large laugh and how he lived life. They were making plans to move to Florida to start a new "warmer" life. These two will forever be eternally imprinted on each other's hearts.
His music collection was massive and like his brother Bill, loved blues, jazz, rock, more specifically Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, BB King, ZZ Top, Beach Boys and Van Morrison. There wasn't any music Jim didn't love and Ginger estimated that maybe he attended over 750 concerts in his life.

Jim gathers with his beloved mother, Mary White, his father, Peter Henry and his little brother, William as well as friends and other family members he's lost on the other side of the Veil. On this side he leaves his two sisters; Lori Perry and her husband Mark of Falmouth and Julie Peterson and her husband Stan Greenberg of Winthrop and their families along with loved cousins, nephews, aunt and uncle, step siblings and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, December 3rd, at Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St, Portland. The Reverand Philip Sherman will officiate.

Those who wish to send a memorial tribute may do so at www.jonesrichandhutchins.com