June 28, 1958 – May 28, 2018
Woodstock – Philip G. Peterson, 59, of Rte. 197, passed away unexpectedly at Day Kimball Hospital at 8:12 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018 surrounded by his wife and soulmate, Naomi Peterson and his loving daughter Candice Zamagni. Born in Putnam, he was the son of Glenn Peterson of Putnam and Johanne (Gagnon) Peterson of Thompson.
He was a graduate of Tourtellotte Memorial High School and went on to graduate from Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School. He was a man that held his friendships deep and close to his heart. He never made an acquaintance, but rather made life long friends that he did everything with. His hobbies included deep sea fishing, clamming, scuba diving, snowmobiling and camping. With each one of these activities, it molded him into the person he was.
He was affectionately known as “Uncle Peaches,” Captain,” “Bud,” “Pops,” “Big Phil,” and “Naomi’s Best Friend.”
He was a toolmaker for over forty years and recently took up teaching at QVCC. He loved sharing his trade with his students. Sharing his knowledge in tool making or any other hobby he enjoyed fulfilled him.
His recent joys in life were watching his grandchildren, Mason and Lenora “NaNa” grow and change every day. The two of them brought such joy to his life.
He will be remembered as the rough, tough, giant Phil. But for those that knew his soft, loving, caring and compassionate side knew he had a heart of gold. He learned the art of story telling from his “Pepe” the late Leo Gagnon.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Naomi Peterson of Woodstock; and his daughter, Candice Zamagni (the light of his life) and her husband Matthew of Woodstock. Matthew was welcomed by Phil into the family as his son and enjoyed all the time they spent together, sharing knowledge and wisdom that Philip forever cherished and was eternally thankful for walking his daughter down the aisle. It was the hardest thing to do, but knowing Matthew was going to cherish her made him happy. Philip was also survived by his sister, Kathy Langer and her husband David and their daughter, Emily Langer all of Thompson; his niece Chrysty Bolte of Kingston, NH; as well as nieces and nephews, Timothy Bates, Kelly Bates, Tammy Peterlin, Mike Bates, David Birch, Jennifer Skeens and Stephanie Neal. He was predeceased by his son, the late Joshua S. Peterson in 2007.
Since enlisting his care in 2011 to Dr. Murray Buttner and then to Dr. Kristin Xeller, he was forever grateful for their expertise medical care and guidance. He was not an easy patient, however, he loved them both as though they were family. He is saddened to know he will never make it to Alaska to visit The Great Bearing Sea.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Philip’s family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT 06260 followed by a service in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.