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Mateu, Peter John



Peter John Mateu, age 76, artist, musician, and educator, passed away peacefully October 11, 2016. He was born to Sally Turrise and Peter John Mateu in New York City. His family moved to Florida and later to California. He was an Eagle Scout and served his country as an officer with the US Army Armored Cavalry. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters degree in Anthropology. Subsequently, he taught adult education in San Francisco, CA and Santa Fe, NM, assisting many students to complete their GED and obtain employment. He was a master woodworker, building his own home and carving numerous puppets and animal still lives. In later years he became an elementary school educator which brought him great joy & fulfillment. He is survived by his wife Gail, son Scott Mateu, daughter Sommer Halligan, grandchildren Adriana and David Halligan, and sister and brother-in-law Grace and Bill O'Brian.

Cremation has taken place. The family wishes to thank the caregivers of the Brookdale Tramway Ridge Clare Bridge Program and the Hospice of New Mexico for their loving care.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Wheels Museum or the , New Mexico Chapter.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 23, 2016
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