Michael Paul Peters, 60, husband of his devoted wife Jeannette (St. Amand) Peters, and a life long resident of Hartford, died peacefully Sunday, (January 4, 2009) with his family by his side at Hartford Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Christine (Megaro) Peters, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clovis A. and Marie Jeanne St. Amand, and his aunt and uncle, Eleanor and Jerry Massaro. He is survived by his son, Christopher Peters of Hartford; daughter, Michelle Lugo and her husband Omar of West Hartford; son, David Peters and his fiancÃ©e Stacy Alemany of New Britain, along with his beloved grandchildren, Alexander, Janessa and Elisa Laureano, Isabella Lugo and Jayden Michael Peters. Mike loved family and was very close to his siblings including, sister, Geraldine Sullivan and her husband Tim of Hartford; sister, Paula McIlduff of South Windsor; sister, Eleanor Peters of Hartford; brother, Bob Peters and his wife Pam of Wethersfield, and his brother-in-law, Roger St. Amand and his wife Jan of West Hartford. In addition, Mike is survived by a host of extended family members and friends from every period of his life. Mike grew up in the city's south end and attended St. Augustine's School and South Catholic High School. In addition, he received an honorary doctorate degree from St. Joseph College. He was a proud and dedicated firefighter who spent 22 years on the Hartford Fire Department, including long stints at Clark & Westland and the Fairfield Avenue firehouses. He was the consummate grass roots politician who served many years on the Hartford Democratic Town Committee where his door knocking was unmatched. Feeling that his beloved city needed a positive boost, Mike ran for Mayor and won in 1993. His eight years as Mayor brought great pride to his family and more importantly to his city. After leaving office he worked as a consultant and eventually opened Mayor Mike's Restaurant with his two sons in 2004. Mike gave generously of his time to many worthy causes including the founding of Mayor Mike's Companies for Kids and countless charity auctions where he always found a way to get people to dig deep for a good cause. While Mike will be remembered by many for his courageous politics, positive spirit and one-liners, his family and friends who shared private time with Mike will remember a gentleman who cared deeply about loyalty and relationships. His activities often centered around sports as he was an avid Yankees fan who attended many big games. He was a huge booster for UCONN as a season ticket holder and attendee of Final Fours and bowl games and he cried the day the Whalers left Hartford. But these activities were simply the backdrop for what Mike loved most, being around people. His sense of humor, humility and generosity made everyone want to be in his presence. Between large family gatherings and a demanding social calendar, Mike was rarely alone and his strongest skill was bringing others together. The family would like to extend a warm thanks to the staff of North 11 and Bliss 7 ICU that provided Mike with such outstanding and devoted care. The caregivers at Hartford Hospital's transplant and ICU units made Mike's time the past few months more bearable, and we would like to thank Dr. Brown, Dr. Lally, Dr. Polio and Debera Palmeri for making Mike's transplant a success. While Mike will be missed by so many, we smile knowing that Heaven just became a lot more fun. God Bless â€“ GO HARTFORD!
Funeral service will be Thursday, January 8, at 8:45 a.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine's Church, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Family and friends may call at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to ``GO HARTFORD! Mayor Mike's Foundation for Kids'', c/o Christopher Peters, Wachovia Securities, 185 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103. In addition, they ask that everyone register to be an organ donor. For on-line expressions of sympathy, please visit www.desopo.com
Published by Hartford Courant from Jan. 5 to Jan. 31, 2009.