Richard Jan Peterson

February 7, 1942 - March 2, 2011
Richard Jan Peterson


Jan Peterson, age 69, of Wilmington left us unexpectedly on Wednesday March 2, 2011.

Jan and his family moved to Wilmington 20 years ago to get away from the cold of Syracuse, NY. He was a free spirit. He deeply believed in doing what was right. He was a fierce supporter of social justice with a special affinity for the challenges faced by Native Americans. He is remembered for his special work with the people the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse NY.

Jan is survived by his life partner of 30 years, Sandee Resnick, by his brothers Jon and Loren (Jeanette), his daughter Bree (Michael), his son Erik (Cristina), his adopted daughter Jenell, by 4 grandchildren, Jaden, Erika, Mitchell, Abigail and by many cousins, nephews and nieces. He is due to be blessed with a new grandchild this month.

Visiting hours are Sunday March 6, 2011 from 1-3pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite social justice cause.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 05, 2011
    Cynthia Coe says:
    May the comfort of Out Lord keep you and your family as you go through this time of loss.

  • March 04, 2011
    Marvin Sanders says:
    Oh, here's to other meetings, And merry greetings then; And here's to those we've drunk with, But never can again. And though our paths in past did part; You have and will, remain in my heart.

  • March 04, 2011
    Joan Kaye says:
    I am sorry sorry at your loss. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.