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Harold Peters Obituary
Harold F. Peters Jr.

1932-2014 Harold Francis Peters Jr. passed away peacefully April 17, 2014 at Berkshire Medical Center, surrounded by his five children and loving family. He was 82 years of age. Harold was born at North Adams Hospital on January 11, 1932 to Harold Francis Peters Sr. and Esther (Cusack) Peters. He attended St. Joseph's Elementary and High School in North Adams, graduating with the class of 1949. He was a daily parishioner at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in North Adams. Harold enjoyed playing basketball and delivering newspapers during his youth. After high school he entered The Bliss Business School in North Adams, but after a while his parents could no longer afford to pay for his books, so he took a job at Sprague Electric Company. At Sprague, he worked with capacitors and was active in the bowling league. He also took part in the Strike of 1970, and a North Adams Transcript photo of him walking the picket line on Marshall St., which he did daily, periodically appears in publications about the strike. He was very proud of this photo. His children remember him coming home from work and talking about his day with his coworkers, which they only knew by last names: Battersby, DelDebbio and McPherson. Harold is survived by his first wife, Marguerite Yvonne (Cote) Peters, whom he met in 1956. They were married in July of 1957 in North Adams at Notre Dame Church. They honeymooned in Boston, attending a Red Sox game, eating at the Oyster House Restaurant, and riding the swan boats. Marguerite and Harold settled back in North Adams, moving into a flat in a three story building at 62 North Holden St. near where Harold grew up as a child. They lived in the middle flat while his parents lived in the upper flat. The home, in a historic district of the City, was once owned by the Sullivan brothers, and still stands today. Harold worked at Sprague while Marguerite kept the home and took care of the children. Marguerite and Harold divorced in 1969; together they had five children, all of whom survive him today: Maureen Elizabeth Goodreau (Roger) of Cheshire, Diane Marie LaValley (Norman), Daniel Francis Peters (Cathy), James Michael Peters, and Kathleen Ann Cardinal, all of North Adams. Harold and Marg remained friendly after their divorce and even took their children on a bus trip to see a Boston Red Sox game, where the entire family got lost in the Boston subway and had to climb out of a boarded up entrancea favorite family story for years after. Harold met his second wife, Gertrude "Marianne" (Snide) Garcia in the early 1970s. They were married in St. Raphael's Church in Williamstown in September 1977, settling in the town afterwards. After leaving Sprague in the 1980s, Harold worked for a time as a maintenance worker at the DMR building at 333 East St. in Pittsfield before retiring. Prior to that, he had worked at the North Adams Transcript as a circulation manager. He proudly carried his "press" card in his wallet until the day he died, showing it to anyone who was interested. Harold had many interesting stories to tell about his days delivering the Transcript and working there as well. The demise of the North Adams Transcript was a bone of contention with him and sparked many lively conversations. Harold and Marianne enjoyed traveling and visited many historic sights all over the eastern seaboard. In Williamstown, he kept a rather large vegetable garden which he was especially proud of - taking visitors on a personal tour of the zucchini and tomatoes. He was also most proud when Marianne would can the fruits of his labor, making many, many quarts of pickles and chili sauce. Marianne and Harold also enjoyed Broadway musicals and took their children and grandchildren to see shows all over Berkshire County. All but one grandchild of the 12 were taken to see a show with "Papa & Grammy," usually to the MacHayden Theatre in Chatham, NY. Papa and Grammy also took many of their grandchildren on berry picking excursions in Lanesboro and Stamford, VT. Many pints of strawberries and blueberries were pickedwhat wasn't eaten by the grandchildren was frozen and canned by Grammy. His grandchildren also enjoyed trips to the Saratoga races where they were allowed to bet $2.00, and to the go-carts in Lanesboro. Harold and Marianne traveled to Zephyrhills, FL to winter for a number of years. There they resided in a comfy trailer and enjoyed the Florida sunshine while the rest of us shivered through the New England winters. Each year Harold would drive to Florida and back, taking their time and enjoying the scenery and visiting landmarks of interest to them. Marianne predeceased Harold, passing away in July of 2009 after almost 32 years of marriage. Harold enjoyed the Red Sox, golfing , going to Saratoga, traveling, eating out, American history, and genealogyespecially researching the Cusack, Morrissey and Peters clans. Harold also leaves five step-children: Karen (Garcia) Toco and Raphael (Butch) Garcia (Linda) of Tuscon, AZ, Jorge Garcia (Libby) of Pittsfield, Tony Garcia (Linda) of Maryland, and Consuelo (Garcia) LaBell (Peter) of Rutland, VT. Harold's first grandchild was born in 1979; after that he was affectionately known as "Papa Harry" by all of his 12 grandchildren. He is survived by all 12: Nicholas Peters of Bennington, VT, Benjamin Wood of Pittsfield, Amelia Wood of Dallas TX, Patrick Wood of Adams, Abigail Wood of Pittsfield and New York, NY, John K. Wood of North Adams, Erin Lawson of Adams, Nicole Palma of North Adams, Kyle Peters of North Adams, Hayden Cantoni of Dalton, Danielle Cardinal of North Adams, and Ryan Lebeau of South Carolina; as well as a step-grandson, Matthew Goodreau of Albany, NY. He is also survived by his only sibling, RoseMarie Peters (Wolfgang) of Clarksburg, his special friend and companion Karen Sherman of North Adams, a first cousin Mrs. Mary (Cusack) Slingerland of Hoosick Falls, NY, many loving nieces and nephews, and four great-grandchildren: Madeline Wood, Benjamin Wood Jr., Tanner Palma, and Lador Lawson. Also one step-great-grandchild, Karysa Goodreau. A fifth great grandchild is expected in July of 2014. Harold also leaves his beloved and precious housemate Miss Bella. Our father led a long, industrious, and productive life. He was respected and well-liked by all who were lucky enough to know him. We were blessed to call him Dad, Father, "Padre," and Papa Harry. Well done Dad, well done. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Harold Francis Peters Jr. will take place Thursday at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Church in North Adams. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling Hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, CENTRAL CHAPELS, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, Ma. are Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested for St. Elizabeth Church through the funeral home. To send a card, or a message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 19, 2014
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