Obituaries

Bruce A. Peters

January 31st, 2017

Bruce A. Peters, age 85, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 31, 2017.

Bruce was the beloved husband of Thelma M. (Carlson) Peters, devoted father of Eric Peters & wife Sandra of Pelham, NH and Kristen Forrest & husband Haegan of Reading. Loving grandfather of Molly & Zachary Peters and Aiden & Owen Forrest. Cherished son of the late Lewis and Jeanne (Guimier) Peters, dear brother of the late John Peters.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service with Military Honors at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donation in Bruce’s memory may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Bruce proudly served as a Lieutenant for the U. S. Navy during the Korean War and was a beloved crossing guard at Wilmington High School for many years.

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19 Entries in Guest Book for “Bruce A. Peters”

  1. Ron and Pati Beal says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Bruce was our neighbor and friend. We became friends when walking our dogs. Our Golden’s and Bruce and his beloved Huskies. He will be missed. Thelma if there is anything we can do just call. To Eric and Kristen your Dad was so very, very proud of you. God bless with love Ron & Pati Beal and Christina & Bobby .

  2. Cassie Peterson says:

    It is very hard to see that you have past …I grew up with you as many children of Wilmington did …You are iconic to this town and anyone who know you knows this .First I met you way back when I was in middle school everyday I’d say hi Bruce we’d talk for a minute or you’d sneak a second lollipop and say shhhh don’t tell anyone …You were so kind you went above and beyond being a crossing gard.Then I went onto Highschool and you were there ..Even after Highschool you’d come into the dunkins I worked with you and your guy friends would order the same thing we’d chat ,and joke around you even brought me a lollipop at work LOL ..Even after I left that job I saw you at my next one and the next .The last I saw you was 4 months ago in market basket you stopped me and said “Hey stranger ,how you been?” I told you how works been and you told me “Work hard and everything will work out ,you deserve it :,) ” then you said “Okay hunni I’ll see you around ” .Ill see you too soon Bruce someday ..Rest in peace you were and are a wonderful man .SO many will miss you <\3 I'm going to miss your humor ,you knew how to make people smile and laugh ,you taught me that even the smallest gestures make a huge impact .R.I.P my condolences to the family .

  3. Barbara Parmet says:

    Thelma , I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Over the years at TCP, we shared many stories. You often spoke of Bruce’s love of your cooking and baking. He was so proud of you being a career woman. I wish you and your family peace of mind during this difficult time.

  4. Stephanie Santini says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Bruce during my four years at Wilmington High School. He was one of my favorite people to greet each and every morning. Bruce was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He was so down-to-earth, but spoke his mind when he wanted to. He always gave a friendly hello or a sweet goodbye at the end of the day. Bruce was a personified ray of sunshine in my life and I have missed his smiling face since graduating in June. Thank you for making me laugh or smile when I couldn’t get myself to that early in the morning, and for the endless amounts of lollipops over the years. You will be missed immensely! May you rest in the sweetest peace, my friend.

  5. Lisa Desberg says:

    The one bright side of WHS teachers parking in student parking lot while the new school was being built was having crossing guard Bruce usher us across the street. He’d offer me smile and an inquiry as to “what the heck do you have in that big lunch box?” The students LOVED him, always talked about him, always appreciated the lollipops he gave them. For the many years I had students write a note of Thanksgiving to someone in the WPS, they’d choose to write to Bruce. He was a part of our school community. He was cheery while help keeping us safe. May his memory be a blessing to his WHS family and his family and friends.

  6. Amanda reis says:

    Bruce, I love having you as my crossing guard and later on love having you as a customer at Dunkin’ Donuts I will always remember you I was giving a slight pause across the street with us making sure we always got across safe you’re one of the best crossing that’s going to never had always remember your screen small hot coffee and a little cup of ice on the side I’m never forget seeing your smiling face every single day, it breaks my heart to know that God called you home But I hope for whatever reason you’re resting in peace and that you fly high because your a beautiful angel in heaven now.

  7. Sue Rowe says:

    Mr. Peters I will always remember your many kindnesses to all of us at WHS; students and staff. You truly cared about the safety of all of us crossing us over each day to, and from the high school. My sincere sympathies to your family. You will be missed by your WHS family as well! Rest in Peace.

  8. Kristen Walsh says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Peters. I did not know him personally but for the past 3 years I would pass his smiling face on my way to work each day while he safely helped the students of WHS cross the busy street. He always had a happy smile and would give me a gentle wave. To be honest… seeing him each morning was one of the highlights of my day. Your family will be in my thoughts and may he rest in peace.

  9. Bill Leccese says:

    I am sincerely saddened by the news that Thelma shared with me yesterday. I became close friends with Bruce while walking my dogs. He truly loved them and displayed their picture in his home. He was so pleased when we visited several times each week. His kindness was evident in his willingness to walk the dogs and check in with me. I will miss his visits to my home and our visits to sit in his backyard and talk. He enjoyed our visits recently. I wish I got to visit one more time. May you rest peacefully in the arms of the Father and that Jessie, Katie and I will see you once again. Much love, Bill, Jessie and Katie. My condolences to the entire Peters family.

  10. Nathan Ricardo says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bruce. When I was a student at WHS I looked forward to talking to you every day…and I looked forward to the lollipops too. Now that I work at Market Basket I was lucky to get to see you again most weekends. It was always nice to see you and Thelma shopping. I will miss you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. 7

  11. Leanne Bishop Woodland says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Pretty much grew up at your house hanging out with Kristen and having our ice cream sundae sleepovers. My best memory of Mr Peters is before every field hockey game in high school he could be heard yelling “LET’S GO BIG W”. We didn’t start the game until we heard that. May you rest peacefully

  12. Amanda C says:

    Bruce was the just the friendliest face to see when I left school. He always asked about my day, always had some type of candy and every year at Christmas gave myself and my sisters a scarf his wife made. The kindness he extended to the students of Wilmington is unmatchable. He was an incredible, incredible man. I am so sorry for this enormous loss.

  13. Jodi MacKenzie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bruce… But even more surprised; he was a person I thought would live forever! He never forgot a face…and always went out of his way to say hello! He was an iconic part of Wilmington and I will forever remember him for always having dum dums for the “nice kids”… Even though he gave them to everyone, apples for the field hockey team…which always came with a story of his daughters days of playing sports, and of course for his strong, but respected opinion on every town topic…especially when it had to do with the kids!
    He was a great guy… And certainly a piece of Wilmington that will never be replaced!

  14. Jill Martyn says:

    I was so sorry to learn that Mr. Peters has passed. I have many great memories from growing up at the Peters house, but my very favorite memory is his shouting “Let’s go big W!” from the stands before our field hockey games. Everybody loved it. I can still hear his voice clearly when I think about it.

  15. Dan gibbons/true value says:

    Bruce will be missed. Always brought
    A great sense of humor to our hardware store
    At Wilmington plaza.rest in piece????

  16. Dan Cronin says:

    I’m so sorry to the family of Mr. Peters for your loss. Mr. Peters was the crossing guard for my 4 years at Wilmington high and he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He always had a smile on his face and he would always say something to make me smile as well. He was there almost every day I can remember and I was always happy to see him. I thank him for making my time better at the high school and may he rest in piece.

  17. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened by Bruce’s passing. I remember many conversations with Bruce in the aisles of Market Basket while shopping. I also remember driving past the High School in the morning and usually got a wave from him. He was a good man and will be missed. He made an impact on many of our youth with a simple hello or piece of candy as the helped them cross the street at the school. May he rest in peace!

  18. Krista Tedesco says:

    This town truly lost a great man. Bruce was the crossing guard while I was in high school, and he always greeted everyone with such kindness. He was a wonderful person to talk to, and I would always look forward to our little conversations every morning. His smile was infectious, and I will never forget the warm way he treated everyone around him. Bruce’s good-natured spirit left a remarkable long-lasting impression on me, and I know he will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in Peace Bruce.

  19. Brianna Perrino says:

    Mr. Peters was an exemplary model of how wonderful and kind-hearted people can truly be. He always made my day seeing his smile and hearing him joke around at the cross walk at the high school every morning. I know he will be missed by many others who encountered his warm greetings as they made such a positive impact on us all. I’m am very sorry to the family of Mr. Peters and may he rest in peace.

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