DOVER — Sidney C. Peterman, 91, died Friday, June 3, 2011, after a brief illness at Langdon Place of Dover.
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He was born in Portsmouth on Feb. 25, 1920, the son of Gustave and Fay Peterman.
Sid grew up in Durham, where he saw his father, a former U.S. Navy enlisted man, graduate from the University of New Hampshire in 1925 and later open the Durham Laundry. First attending the Emerson School for Boys and Phillips Exeter Academy, Sid graduated from Dover High School in 1938. During high school, he won letters in football, baseball, hockey and track, as well as cups and medals in tennis, golf and skiing. Following high school graduation, Sid attended Stanton Preparatory School, where he received both a senatorial and New Hampshire Army National Guard appointment to attend the U.S. Military Academy. He was captain of the hockey team at West Point and graduated in January 1943.
Two days after graduation, on Jan. 21, 1943, Sid married his high school sweetheart, Helen Newton, at her parents' home in Columbia, S.C. Sid served with the 10th Mt. Division in the Aleutian Island of Kiska, thought to be occupied by the Japanese, and later in Italy at the Po Valley. He was the only West Point graduate from his class to serve in both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. During his military career, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Despite his resignation from active duty in October 1947, Sid felt a strong responsibility to continue serving his country and joined the National Guard. After 30 years of service he retired as a colonel. He was awarded the New Hampshire National Guard Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to recognize his outstanding service as commanding officer of the 3rd Howitzer Battalion, 197th Field Artillery.
In February, 1948, Sid joined the General Electric Company, where his 32-year tenure included service as President of the Supervisors Association and as Management Representative on the Board of the Employees Association.
Sid was inducted in to Dover's Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding athletic ability. He served as city councilor for Dover and was a board member for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and the Wentworth Home. He was a military aide to the Governor of New Hampshire, a member of the committee for New Hampshire's Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He was also on the Vestry and board of trustees at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. More recently, Sid has been a member of the First Parish Congregational Church. Sid served as President of the Hackle and Tackle Club. As a member of the Transportation Committee for the American Cancer Society, he drove many patients to Manchester for oncology and radiation treatments. He was a longtime member of the Cocheco Country Club and of the Rotary Club of Dover, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
During retirement, Sid was passionate with his many hobbies of travel, vegetable and flower gardening, fly fishing and golf.
He is survived by his five children and spouses who are Bonnie Peterman, Pete and Sue Peterman, John and Alison Peterman, Bob and Debra Peterman, and Bette and Richard Frazier. He also has 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen Newton Peterman, and one brother, Warren Peterman.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, June 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave. Services for Sid will begin 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pine Hill Cemetery, with committal prayers and U.S. Military Honors, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. at First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., with a reception following at noon in the fellowship hall in the church. Relatives and friends are invited.
Memorial donations may be made to Dover Children's Home, c/o Donna Coralluzo, 207 Locust St., Dover, NH 03820.
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Tasker Funeral Home
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Dover, NH 03820
Published in Fosters from June 4 to June 5, 2011