Alexander George Peters, 93, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2016. He was born in Franklin, NH, on June 22, 1923, the son of George and Christina Peters. Al graduated from Franklin High School in 1941. In 1943, he joined the WWII effort as a paratrooper in the 509 Parachute Infantry Battalion. He fought in North Africa, Italy (Anzio), France (the Champagne Campaign), and Belgium (Battle of the Bulge). He ended his service by helping the Red Cross assist and feed Holocaust victims in concentration camps. He earned the Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal.
Al worked in banking, first for Merchants Bank and then for the Veteran’s Administration in their lending department. An avid skier till age 86, he skied every mountain in New Hampshire and made multiple ski trips to Switzerland and France with wonderful friends. Whenever possible, he enjoyed hiking the mountains of New Hampshire, summiting all the peaks at least once. Al was also a member of the Granite State Wheelmen and spent many a weekend rolling through the back roads of NH. Always an exercise enthusiast, he was frequently found with his dear friends associated with the famous Alley Oops and the Londonderry Senior Center. Al was a member of the VFW Post 8401. He was also a Granite State Ambassador for many years and received the Ambassador of the Year award for his dedication.
Al was predeceased by his brother, Philip G. Peters, and sister-in-law, Stella Peters. Al’s family includes his nephew Philip Peters Jr. and wife Vickie Park; his niece Deborah Dimitriadis; and his nephew Gregory Peters and wife Deborah Peters. He was also a doting uncle to 5 cherished grandnieces: Natalie, Anna, Adrienne, Jillian and Mackenzie. He also leaves Nick Dimitriadis, his precious great-grandnephew.
The Peters family sends its sincere thanks to Manchester Veteran’s Administration Hospital for the fine care he received from their knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We would also like to thank the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home for the warm welcome Al was given. He greatly appreciated the caring staff, camaraderie of fellow veterans, especially longtime friend John Noonan, and the activities he enjoyed (especially tai chi).
Al will be remembered for his gentle demeanor, sense of humor, wonderful story telling, and devotion to his family. He will be dearly, dearly missed.
Services: A calling hour will be on December 30 from 9:30 – 10:30 am at Goodwin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH. There will be a reflection on Al’s life at 10:30, also at Goodwin Funeral Home with internment to follow at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen with military honors.
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