Mayor Mike Paul "Mayor Mike" Peters
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 fiancée 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 – 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
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Andre & Shantel (Wells) St. John
January 31, 2009
May you rest in peace ! Hartford will never be the same without you.
JOE BORDONARO
January 30, 2009
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
MIKE WAS A WELL RESPECTED MAN, LOVED BY SO MANY..
HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM.
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN....
MRS.NAWANA CUYLER-WALLACE & FAMILY
January 30, 2009
Mayor Mike made me proud to own a house and live in Hartford. I'm much saddened to learn of his passing at such a young age, and send to you my deepest sympathies.
Rene Jalbert
January 30, 2009
REST IN PEACE. YOU WERE A CREDIT TO THE PEOPLE AND THE CITY OF HARTFORD. GOD BLESS YOU MAYOR MIKE.
THOMAS CAVANAUGH
January 29, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Mary E. Crapp
January 28, 2009
Rest in peace mayor Mike!! GOD bless you. You are the best!
Simone Dornners
January 28, 2009
MR. AND MRS WALTER OAKES
January 26, 2009
Alan & Ruth Church
January 26, 2009
mayor mike, we were all sad in your passing, all the great ones leave us early,and iwould like to send my sympathy to all mikes family ,the baker family
jeffrey baker
January 26, 2009
The best mayor hartford ever had he will be missed very much
KEN ZIEGLER
January 26, 2009
May Mike rest in peace, he was a great Mayor for the city of Hartford that will be truly,truly missed.
May the good Lord up above continue to bless, & watch over his entire family.
Dr. Jewel Miller
January 22, 2009
We send you all our sympathies on the loss of Mike. We regret being away for his memorial services. Mike was the heart and soul of Hartford, making us believers in his vision for the city.
Our sons savor the memories of their dinners with Mike. Two of them live in Hartford thanks, in part to Mike's enthusiasm for Hartford. They are believers, too.
Thank you for sharing Mike with so many, especially us.
Sincerely,
John and Pamela Meehan
John & Pamela Meehan
January 22, 2009
To The Peters Family,
Heaven has gained a great human being. I remember the first time I met Mayor Mike - I always thought he was bigger than life and would admire him from afar, but one day in his restaurant, he came right up to me and my husband, put his arms around the back of our bar stools and made us feel like we had known him all of our lives. From that point on, whenever we would see him at his restaurant, he had the same famous smile and warm welcome. Folks like Mike stay in people's minds and hearts forever. We live next to where Mayor Mike's Mom lived - whenver he would be there visiting, he would call out to us to route for his New York Yankees as we made our way to our Saturday games. He was passionate about life and he has left a mark here that no one that ever met him will ever forget. A note to you, his blessed family, last weekend we were at the Old Towne Tavern in Wethersfield and Mike's name came up in conversation - quickly his name traveled around the bar - within seconds everyone encouraged each other to raise their glasses and make a toast to Mayor Mike, he was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Bette & Leo Conlon
January 21, 2009
Mike was a great guy, I'll miss seeing him, He always used to say hi to my little girls and I would tell them "That's Mayor Mike", we would see him walking by our house in the parades on Franklin Ave. Whenever Mike was in the Bar you knew it because eveyone love the guy. With the loss of Mike Martin I wonder if he knew before he left us? and I'm sure they are togather - I hope there is a heaven and both Mikes are waiting for us with cold ones!
I've Always Missed Mayor Mikes Minute!
Charles Morrell
January 19, 2009
Chris McCormack
January 19, 2009
Mike's Family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on you loss. Mike was a great guy to talk too. He will be missed by many.
Joanne Strycharz
January 18, 2009
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Kenneth Kerr, Sr
January 18, 2009
Peter's Family..
Faith will get you through this and time will heal your wounds. Mike is gone from here but never forgotten. Trust me when I tell you he now has a heavenly room with a view to all that is going on down here. He is watching over all of you with a smile. Feel the love and know that Mike has found true comfort and peace and so to shall you in time. You are loved.
January 17, 2009
I recall Michael Peters as a student at South Catholic High School in the late sixties. What a memorable kid! I was the music teacher all during the sixties, and although I knew him only two years, I remember him vividly! Never afraid of anything, he nevertheless tried every available option to make things "work".

I was a sister of Mercy then, and have not heard anything about Mike, because I have lived in New York State since 1971. I am so pleased to hear of all the wonders he accomplished in the inner city...as my husband and I have been engaged in similar work in Syracuse.

May Mike be wondrously blessed "on the other side", as well as his entire family.

Sincerely,
Meme Woolever
(Sister Raymond Marie, RSM)
Meme Woolever
January 16, 2009
Mayor Mikes Family, So Sorry for your loss.
Sonny Cusano
(melbourne fl )
January 15, 2009
mayor mike you will be missed by many of the old southendboys, you always had a one liner no matter what the occasion. rest in peace bro
joseph gherard
January 15, 2009
He was the best mayor the city of Hartford ever had, my condocense to his family, and may he rest in pease, he deserve it.
Claude Faucher
January 15, 2009
To The Peters Family :

May the Lord bless you in this time of your loss, Our prayers are with you.
BLAIR CHILD CARE
January 15, 2009
You will always be dear to us. GO HARTFORD!
Joan Baffo
January 14, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to the Peters family. I'm remembering when Mayor Mike Peters spoke at my daughter's graduation. Also all the other nice things he has done for Hartford. Gone but not forgotten.
Jackie Wallace
January 14, 2009
To the Mike's family;
I am sorry for your loss, Mike was a terrific person. We had a few conversations about St. Augustine School, the South End of Hartford (Little Italy). He will be missed. You are all in my prayers.
Sincerely, Deborah (DiBella) Wilcox
Deborah (DiBella) Wilcox
January 14, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family of Mayor Mike. He was an awesome guy and will be missed.

Manny and Cheryl Silva
Silvas Youth of Today Child Care Center
January 14, 2009
Ellie and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Mike and his smiling face and quick wit when I would wait on him at the Hearthstone years ago. He was a kind and compassionate man and loved by all that he met. He lived life to the fullest as I am sure he would want all of you to do the same. There is no doubt in my mind that he is continuing to protect all of you from a more peaceful world. Miss you Ellie, my thoughts are with you often. Take care you.
Katie Hess
January 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Mike. He was a nice, compassionate person. I am thankful for the opportunity to to have helped with his campaign years ago. He always had a kind word every time he saw me. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Shelly Hightower
January 13, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Mike. He was a nice, compassionate person. I am thankful for the opportunity to to have helped with his campaign years ago. He always has a kind word every time he saw me. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Shelly Hightower
January 13, 2009
To the Family of Mayor Mike,

He was the best Mayor Hartford has ever had and will ever have. He was an outstanding public servant. May his soul rest in peace.
Beatrice Adams
January 13, 2009
May you rest in peace...I never met you, but I feel a deep loss.
B
January 13, 2009
On behalf of the lugo family Our hearts go out to Jeannette, Chris, Dave, Michelle and the rest of your family at this time and in the days ahead. May you have peace of mind that we will all be reunited one day.
God bless!
Emanuel Lugo
January 13, 2009
TO THE PETERS FAMILY,

MY NAME IS GILBERT SANTANA, I WANT TO SEND MY CONDOLENSES TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY. IVE KNOWN MAYOR MIKE FOR YEARS AND I HAVE TO SAY HE IS BY FAR A GENTLEMEN AND A GREAT PERSON. HE WAS ALWAYS VERY HAPPY TO SEE ME IN SCHOOL AND OUT OF TROUBLE, HE HAS ALWAYS HELPED ME KEEP MY HEAD UP AND OUT OF TROUBLE AND FOR THAT I REALLY APPRECIATED HIM ALOT. MAYOR MIKE WAS ALWAYS A GENTLEMEN I COULD TAKE TO AND HE WILL ALWAYS LISTEN. HE HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ME THAT I WILL HOLD DEAREST TO MY HEART.. IM AM SO DEEPLY SADDENED BY HIS LOST AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE FOR HIM IN MY HEART. GOD BLESS THE PETERS FAMILY AND FRIENDS THROUGH OUT THE HARDS TIMES NOW...
GOD BLESS MAYOR MIKE YOU WILL BE MISSED.....
GILBERT SANTANA (HARTFORD CT)
GILBERT SANTANA
January 13, 2009
To Mayor Mikes family: He always was a complete gentleman and always showed appreciation for musicians performing the Htfd circuit.
He will be missed greatly.
Nancy & Nick-After All
Nancy Trecina
January 13, 2009
Nick Stargu
January 13, 2009
to peters family He did great things in life and will always be remembered for his kindness and devotion of helping others.
lori mills
January 13, 2009
To the Family of Mayor Mike,
May the good Lord be with you at such a time as this. I have good memories of this great man.
John Robinson (Middletown)
January 13, 2009
May GOD bless the family
Marvette Williams
January 13, 2009
Dear Peters' Family,
So sorry for your great loss.
May God comfort your family.
Jessica Morrissey
January 12, 2009
My sympathy and prayers to the family. My husband and I went to Goodwin Park when they had the Polka Bands playing there. He was running for Mayor at the time and asked us for a vote but we said we live in West Hartford. So everytime he would pass us he say i know you live in West Hartford and we'd all start laughing. Had we lived in Hartford we would have voted for him. Your loss is heaven's gain.

God Bless
Barbara Kielbasa
January 12, 2009
I’m truly sorry to have learned the passing of your Husband, Father, Uncle and Brother. He was truly a legend in his own time. A man of integrity, his word was as good as a solid hand shake. I will miss hearing his voice echoing through the city of Hartford, but will never forget when he spoke it was with wisdom and encouragement. A burning light that will continue to shine forever.

God Speed Friend and until we meet again.

Katherine AlhekZander Jones
B. Towers
CT
Katherine Jones
January 12, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joanne Williams
January 12, 2009
to the Peters and Sullivan families,
Mike's passing has left a deep hole in our hearts. His presence in our lives and in the Greater Hartford Community was a blessing.
With deepest sympathy,
Scott and Peggy Shanks
Simsbury
Peggy Shanks
January 12, 2009
Ellie,
I'm very sorry for your lose.
Know that I am thinking of you and praying for you.
Love you and miss you.
-Melissa Rulli
Melissa Rulli
January 11, 2009
Ellie,
I'm so sorry about your loss. I will keep saying my prayers for you.
love,
Michael Rulli
Michael Rulli
January 11, 2009
To the family of Mayor Mike Peters as a former resident of Hartford I witness first hand the great works Mayor Mike did for the city. My prayer go out to you and your entire family. Hold on to the precious memories.
Dorian Owens
January 11, 2009
To the Peters Family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Mayor Mike was the best. He always said Hi to me when I came in to his restaurant for lunch. He will be missed.
Joanne Cortesa-(Sec.-Hartford Whalers Booster Club)
January 11, 2009
A Great Guy - He will be Missed!!
Thomas L. McKinney
January 11, 2009
thank you mike for being a down to earth person with me ,i enjoyed our moments together ill never forget them.may god bless you.mrs.peters thank you for sharing him with us and may god bless the peters family my prayers are with you
Jose R. Pacheco
January 11, 2009
Mike loved Hartford; all of Connecticut loved him. God bless his family and friends at this difficult time; he is in a much better place.
JDK
January 10, 2009
To the family of "Mayor Mike",
Though never having the pleasure of knowing him personally, through newspaper and television ,we feel that we got a glimpse of the wonderful,caring man he was.
He was a champion for the city of Hartford,and love of family and friends and sense of humor were to be admired.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
SIncerely
The Reis Family
January 10, 2009
Jeanette, Eleanor, and Family;
I'm truly sorry to hear about Mike's passing. When I think of the Peter's, your Campfield Avenue home and high school days at South Catholic come together in a flash. What fun it was. Mike always seemed to smile and laugh (did he ever have a bad day?) and occasionally get into mischief with my brother, Richard. Although Mike is now peacefully with your beloved mother (who gave me the hugest bear hugs at Bellabuono's) the name "Mike Peters" lives on as an icon in Hartford. There never was or never will be another mayor to stand in his shoes. He was unique. God rest his soul.
Cookie Liberatore
January 10, 2009
Dear Peters' Family,
I went to St. Augustines School and I was in Eleanor's class. She sure had the power to always make me laugh. I remember going to the Campfiled Ave. house to play with Eleanor and seeing her big family in action. Mike was her big brother and he too had that knack to keep me in stitiches. I remember he was a little hellian and certainly gave the nuns a run for their money.... but I think they always knew he was deep-down good and would go places. Years later when we met, he remembered me... and again with the quips and jokes I was like the little school girl giggling at his quick wit again. How lucky are the people in heaven with him as he does his one man show for them there!
With sympathy and love,
Connie Vasquez Morin
Connie Morin
January 10, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jackie Chen
January 10, 2009
YEAH MAYOR MIKE!!
Erica-Hope
January 10, 2009
To The Family of Mayor Mike:
May God comfort you in your time of loss.Remembering Mayor Mike and Keeping his Spirit Alive.

Deepest Sympathy
Traci Lynn Patterson Blake
(City Hall Employee Relative)
traci lynn patterson blake
January 10, 2009
To the Peters Family, My heart goes out to you and all your family in this difficult time. Left Hartford many years ago, however, Mike was a friend and a big supporter during my tenure in Connecticut, He will be missed by all ! God bless you with his peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Respectfully,
Nancy Melendez
January 9, 2009
Dear Jeannette and family:

I knew Mike back in the South Catholic days. He use to chase me on his bicycle up Campfield Avenue as young kids. He attended my retirement party at Carbones and gave a wonderful speech about our friendship and I received a beautiful citation from the City of Hartford signed by him. Everyone has a wonderful story about Mayor Mike. He made everyone smile and was very much loved by all of us. It made me very sad that I was unable to attend his funernal because I am sick myself now. I know in my heart that he knows that I could not be there and that my love and prayers are with him and the family. He will be missed terribly by all of us. I wish you and your family lots of love and most of all good health.

Carol DiSanto
Cromwell, Ct.
Carol DiSanto
January 9, 2009
Chris, Michelle and David,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Louise Murdoch
January 9, 2009
To the Peters Family,

It is with great sadness we have learned of Mayor Mike's early passing. May we express our deepest of sympathies to your family in this time of sorrow. Take comfort in knowing that "your" Mayor touched the hearts and lives of many. May he rest in peace. Godspeed Mayor Mike!
Chris and Trish Mooney
January 9, 2009
Dear Ellie,
I am so sad for you and your family, and know you will all miss Michael so very much. I send my love and prayers to you and lots of hugs, to another very special member of the Peters family. Love, Deb Darder
Deb Darder
January 9, 2009
Dear Ellie,
I am so sad for you and your family, and know you will all miss Michael so very much. I send my sympathies, love and prayers to you Ellie, another very special member of the Peters family. Love, Deb Darder
Deb Darder
January 9, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009


Rebecca
January 9, 2009
Dear Peters Family..... My sincere heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a wonderful person... Jeanette, My prayers and love go to you and the family.... I just lost my Father and to lose a spouse must be worse.... I am sorry that this is by email but this way I know you will receive this prayer of love.... My God Bless you and all who grieve for Mike ... He in my eyes was always a special person always treated me respectfully.... again God Bless You All.... Linda St Amand Craig
Linda St Amand Craig
January 9, 2009
To my friend,
You worked for me at Sweet Life many years ago. You were just a kid but I always knew that you would go far.You were a great Mayor and a great man. From one Hartford firefighter to another, you are in my heart and my prayers.

Louis J. Valente
Louis Valente
January 9, 2009
Peters' Family, my condolence as you grieve the passing of your loved one. I have a picture of Mayor Mike when he kicked off the Walk for Hunger Ceremony. Keep your Dad memories close to your heart.

King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
Zethalyn Evans
January 9, 2009
Michelle;

I only met your dad twice while at Sorrento's on Franklin but I realized immediately why he was so liked. I am sorry for your families loss.

Michael Smith
(David Pacheco-Sorrento's)
Michael Smith
January 9, 2009
Dear Jeannette and Family,

My Love sincere sympathy to you, your family and extented families.


In happier times, when Mike was working as a delivery man for me at The Flower Box part time he would load up the truck and take off with the "Hartford Run." Every time Mike was on (doing the on off shift with Roger Demma,) customers would come in and say "Fran, I saw your truck parked in front of City Hall in Hartford for quite awhile today." When Mike got back and I asked him how everything went and we both would share a laugh. He would always say to me, "All my stops were great and yours went good, everyone was happy."

Everyone shares happy memories of your beloved "Soul Mate, Michael."

Sincerely,
Fran Sarra
Fran Sarra
January 9, 2009
Dear Peters Family,
I was so sad to see that Mayor Mike had passed away. He was one of the best mayors that Hartford had ever seen. He was a wonderfully compassionate man and will sorely be missed. May God Bless you all during this time.
Debbie Ruchin Langston
January 9, 2009
To the family of Mike" - Our first meeting was at Carbone's - when introduced as a fireman's daughter - his face lit up - giving me the biggest hug - saying "we were bonded forever". Then after finding out he and my Dad - Paul Vendetta - worked at Co. 3& 7's together - he went crazy - sharing the love he had of my Dad and what a wonderful man he was. And from that day forward - he NEVER forgot, and as he did with everyone he met - made me feel "special" each and every time we met for over 25 years. A true gentleman with a lively spirit that shall never be forgotten. Our sincerest condolences to all.
Bruce Daly and Barbara (Vendetta) Daly.
Barbara Daly
January 9, 2009
Dear Peters, Sullivan families.
Our prayers and sympathy are with
each and everyone of you. Mayor Mike will be truly missed.
May God Bless all of you.
Regina Albee and family
January 9, 2009
I am saddened by the passing of Mayor Mike. He was truly an original. As Mayor of Hartford, he did so much for the city before the "Strong Mayor" system was put in place. We can only imagine what he could have done today. When Sarah and I started the Hartford International Jazz Festival in 2002, he would always ask me if the City was helping out with funding. In 2004, I went to visit him at his restaurant. He asked me again if the City was helping us. I told him that the festival needed a "godfather" and he directed me John Bazzano at city hall. I suddenly realized I had just had a conversation with "The Godfather". After that the City of Hartford became a yearly funder of the HIJF. When I heard he was scheduled for a liver transplant, I went to see him again at Mayor Mike's. He appeared frail, but, he still had his sense of humor. He told me he was thinking about running for mayor again. I told him I would work with him on his campaign. I truly believed he would come back. I'm honored to have known him. He was one of a kind.
Domingo Guerra
January 9, 2009
Mayor Mike, you were a man that did not see color or class. Every one was treated with respect by you. The north end will miss you.
Mack
January 9, 2009
Michelle,

May God give you and your family strength during this time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss.
A highshool friend
January 9, 2009
My sincere sympathies to the Peters' family.....I had the opportunity to know Mayor Mike thru a mutual friend and the one thing that stood out was that whenever I was in town for a visit and ran into Mayor Mike he always greeted me by my first name. He was a true gentleman and his presence will be missed. God bless you Mayor Mike, may you rest in peace!
Robert Callis
January 9, 2009
To the Peters and Sullivan family,
What an icon, legacy, inspiration to all of the people’s paths he has crossed. Aren’t we all so lucky he had touched our lives.
He will always and will continue to be the shining star of Hartford.
Garza family
January 9, 2009
Dear Peters Family,

Michael married my husband and myself in 1983. We have three children and hope they are legitimate. He said we were the second couple he has ever married. I don't know if we were the last. I still remember him shaking as he read us our wedding vows. Our deepest sympathy to all, twenty-five years later. Bob and Lisa Trifiro
Lisa Trifiro
January 9, 2009
While not a native of Hartford, CT. I've only lived here for a little over three years. But from what I've come to learn is that Mr. Peters left an indelible and defining print on the city. He'll never be forgotten
Wanda Shaw
January 9, 2009
Good night, Mayor Mike. You were a class act - Hartford's heart is broken today. I hope God has an office for you in Heaven's city hall.
Matt Grimes
January 9, 2009
Chris I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was obsiously a pretty incredible guy and he will be remembered for a long time to come.
Mark Peluso
January 9, 2009
Mayor Mike Peters was one the finest Mayor's the city of Hartford has ever had, he will truly be missed, what a great guy he was.
Jackie Burrell
January 9, 2009
A great mayor and a great man! You will forever be remembered as one of Hartford's best. To a great Fire Fighter You gave so much to the people of Ct.
David
January 9, 2009
To the Mayor Mike's family I am sorry for your lose and just know that mayor mike is watching over you and he is in gods hand and will be fine, mayor mike was a very nice person to have as mayor. R.I.P.Mayor Mike, my condolences goes out to the family.
Debbie Chandler
January 8, 2009
Mayor Mike always had a big smile and was very concerned for the citizens of Hartford. He will be truly missed. My prayers are extended to the City of Hartford and to the family of Mayor Mike.
A Hartford Parent
January 8, 2009
I am so saddened to hear of our Mayor Mike's passing. As the former CEO of the Bushnell I can truly say that we were successful due to his support and love for us as a part of Hartford and Connecticut that he took the time to help us in every way every day to be the best performing arts center in the Nation. God Bless Mayor Mike. As a personal friend of mine, I will miss him and am blessed to been able to call him my friend.
Doug Evans
January 8, 2009
To the Peters Family:

First let me convey on behalf of the Hogan family our sincere condolences on your loss; Mike was a class act and is was an honor to know him. I had the good fortune of working with Mayor Mike during my tenure as Director of Finance with the City. I had many fond memories of working with him, one of which I will share here and exemplifies a “classic Mayor Mike” story.

Shortly after being first sworn in as Mayor I informed him, he would have to go to Wall Street in the days ahead, along with myself and then City Treasurer Denise Nappier, in an attempt to maintain the City’s bond credit rating. It was going to be a very, very tough sell given the times and an early challenge for Mayor Mike. Once at the prestigious rating agency, the young analysts directly challenged the new Mayor with a long list of the City’s ills: a deteriorating city economy, high crime rate and a faltering school system; they closed by asking: “given all this, why did you run for mayor?” “I needed a NEW car!”, quipped Mayor Mike. The room cracked up, our rating was preserved and the rest is history. GO HARTFORD!
Bill Hogan
January 8, 2009
To the family of mayor mike, I want to send my condolence and to let you know that he will be missed.
Raynette Lockhart
January 8, 2009
Thanks Mayor Mike, You will be missed, everytime I saw you there was a smile on your face, and you always had a kind word, your friend Maria.
Maria Bylina
January 8, 2009
My condolence to the family of a brother firefighter and a great mayor who gave everything he could for Hartford and never look for anything in return. Mayor mike will be missed by more people than we can ever think.
Andy Ouellette
January 8, 2009
God Bless from all your former DSSers
January 8, 2009
Thanks Mayor Mike, for all of your contributions to the city of Hartford and for being a very wonderful man. Blessings and comfort to your family at this difficult time.
leslie woods
January 8, 2009
Thank-You Mayor Mike you will be truly missed. My memory of you will always be the many times you would visit the Northend of Hartford and the quarter you gave my son.
Donna Stevenson
January 8, 2009
Dear Peters and Sullivan families: My condolences to all of you. Mike's passing brought back a flood of happy Hartford memories for me. It was a pleasure to know him and he always made me laugh out loud. Fondly, Deidra
Deidra Ierardi
January 8, 2009
Mayor Mike. You brought pride and spirit to our city of Hartford. Your laughter and humor filled our hearts. You will be missed by all. Watch over our city.We could use your help.
Sal & Tina Cicero
January 8, 2009
'tis a sad day, indeed, losing Mayor Mike. Ellie, Jeanne wants so badly to hug you ... our sympathies to all the family. It was a beautiful celebration today in his honor.
David & Jeanne Reed
January 8, 2009
Mayor Mike. You will be greatly missed. You brought pride and made the city of Hartford a better place to live in. You gave your all. Thank You.
Sal & Tina Cicero
January 8, 2009
Dear Bob (Peters Family),

My condolences to you and your family. Mayor Mike touched many lives and he made a difference here in Hartford. He will be missed.

God bless you with his peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Rosa Colon
January 8, 2009
You were a ladies ladies man. By that i mean your sometimes irrepresible flirtations...just a guise. You always treated this city hall woman with unfaltering respect- you wanted the facts and the merits and the cons and you listened. And then you offered the best for the city. Thank you for being a part of that special period of Harford redevelopment with me- it was a remarkable time... con mucho carino hermano
Madelyn Colon
January 8, 2009
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