Raymond Louis Peterson

  • Born: April 13, 1931
  • Died: March 29, 2020
  • Location: Peabody, Massachusetts

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Bradford, MA 01835

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Tribute & Message From The Family


PEABODY - Raymond Louis Peterson, age 88, of Peabody, MA, passed away on March 29, 2020. He was born and raised in Worcester, MA and was a longtime resident of Beverly Farms, MA. Ray was the devoted husband of Shirley Lillian (Gustafson) Peterson for 66 years.

A mechanical engineer, he received his BSME at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and MSME at Northeastern University. Most of his career was spent at United Shoe Machinery, American Shoe Machinery, and Beringer.

Ray was respected as a reliable man of integrity, whose faith guided his life. His values inspired him to become deeply involved in leadership and service with North Shore Community Baptist Church, North Shore Christian School, North Shore Christian Men's Choir and Hamilton Congregational Church.

A talented musician, he served as a violinist for multiple local orchestras, including Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, and played and sang frequently at church. Ray was also a "Mr. Fix-it" around the house, as well as with vehicles and equipment of all kinds.

Ray had a gift for solving problems and was quick to joke and find playful humor in all circumstances. Favorite pastimes included board games and puzzles. A lifelong Red Sox fan, he enjoyed attending games with his family. He also played softball with the church team, took family camping trips each year, and enjoyed travel to Europe, Israel and Scandinavia. These trips were chronicled in slides and pictures that the family enjoyed watching, along with images from countless parades and gatherings attended over the years.

Ray is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his three daughters and their husbands, Martha and Steve Heassler of Gloucester, Norma and Byron McCluskey of Sudbury, Carol and Mark Bedrosian of Gloucester. He is also survived by his six grandchildren Kathryn and Paige Heassler, Frederick and Theodore McCluskey, Josiah and Boaz Bedrosian. He is predeceased by parents Hannah and Alfred Peterson, and brother Warren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be given in his memory to First Congregational Church of Hamilton Missions Program at https://www.fcchamilton.org/give or to worldwide relief efforts of Samaritan's Purse at https://sampur.se/2Uxmkol.

Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com