Charles K. "Ken" Peterson, age 69, of Norwell, formerly of Norwood, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday evening, Feb. 9, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was a Navy Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star while serving overseas aboard the USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin in Southeast Asia. He recently retired from Verizon where he enjoyed working for more than 4 decades. It was there that he installed and maintained power equipment to central offices all over New England. He was also a member of the IBEW, Local 103 and a 1962 graduate of Norwood High School. His favorite pastime was spending time in his barn, where he thoroughly enjoyed restoring numerous antique trucks and vehicles over the years and listening to the Boston Red Sox during baseball season. He enjoyed boating for several years off the shores of Hull and Cohasset, and in later years off Chatham. Charles was the dear husband of Ellen (Mogan) Peterson of Norwell, to whom he was married for nearly 42 years; loving father of Jesse Borraccino and her husband Ernest of Harwich, and Charles K. Peterson Jr. of Norwell. He was the beloved grandfather Gampy of Adam Borraccino of Harwich; and the beloved brother of Marlyn A. Peterson of Norwood. He was the son of the late Charles W. Peterson and Alicia (Lawlor) Peterson of Chatham. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, Cohasset, followed by interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 1:15 p.m. Visiting hours were Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. Donations to honor Charles may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, (support.woundedwarriorproject.org). For an online guest book, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com. 781-383-0200
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Published in The Norwell Mariner from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2014