Raymond A. Peterson

March 21, 1926-September 26, 2012Mr. Raymond A. Peterson, age 86, passed away at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH on September 26, 2012.  He was a retired attorney and long-time resident of Newport City.Mr. Peterson moved to Newport from New Brunswick, NJ in November 1963, and joined the law firm of Paul R. Rexford. He opened his own law firm specializing in probate and property law in 1967. His loving wife, Claire, worked side-by-side with him as his assistant and office manager. He was a familiar sight at town clerk’s offices, courthouses, banks, and real estate offices throughout the Northeast Kingdom until he retired in June 2007. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson moved to North Conway, NH in early 2009.Mr. Peterson was born on March 21, 1926 in Bronx, New York, the son of Sylvester A. Peterson and Marcelle (Sir) Peterson, a native of France. He graduated from Morris High School in June 1943 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1944. While in the Marine Corps, he served as a guard at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Coco Solo on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal Zone, as a clerk in the Sergeant Major’s office in the Marine Barracks, U. S. Naval Base, Balboa, on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone, and as a personnel records clerk at the Navy Annex, Arlington, VA. He enrolled in Brooklyn Law School as a full-time student under the G.I. Bill and graduated with the class of June 1953. Following graduation, he joined the law firm of Galli & Locker of New York City, and represented the Traveler’s Insurance Company in accident cases, until October 1963, when he left the firm to join Mr. Rexford in Newport.He was predeceased by his parents, his brother George, and sister Marcelle.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Claire; his loving children: Richard of New York, NY; Nancy of Ottawa, Canada; and Arlene of Burke, VA; and six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in North Conway on September 28, 2012 officiated by Fr. Don Gauthier. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Furber & White Funeral Home of North Conway was in charge of arrangements.