Charles "Pete" Peterson

September 28, 1936 - February 22, 2021
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Charles “Pete” Peterson of Venice passed away on February 22nd at home surrounded by those who loved him, he was 84 years old.

Born in Sarasota Hospital, before Venice Hospital was built. He graduated from Venice High School in 1953 at only 16 years old, having skipped third grade. His family moved to Venice in 1926 when his mother was 11 years old. His grandfather worked for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). He worked at and owned Ernie’s Body Shop for 54 years. For many years, he volunteered to paint all the VHS football helmets. If a kid brought one in late, he would tell them he was painting it pink!

Naturally friendly and funny, Pete loved people, always asking, “Where you from?” because most people were from someplace else. He knew no stranger and was a friend to everyone. A lifelong devoted Methodist, Pete and brother Frank lived for two years in the Children’s Home, where he learned his work ethics and faith. He was devoted to his wife and daughter and loved his family and friends. He would easily tear up because he was so compassionate.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Carole Totten Peterson, and daughter Cynthia Lynn Peterson; his brother Frank Peterson (Ashley) in Pennsylvania, and their children and grandchildren; his sisters Joyce Faeth (Larry) in Sarasota, and Sharon Appel in Tampa, and her children and grandchildren; his brother-in-law Roger Totten (Elaine) in Georgia, and their children and grandchildren.

Pete was predeceased by his dear son Delane Peterson, in 1972, and precious niece Carrie Peterson Wandall in 2013. He will be forever loved and forever missed.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider making donations in Pete’s honor to Christ United Methodist Church , 1475 Center Rd, Venice, FL 34292, attention to: Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

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Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Gulf Pines Memorial Park


2401 Englewood Road, , Englewood, FL,

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Born: September 28, 1936
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Earl Midlam posted on 3/12/21

I remember Pete as being so helpful to us teens who borrowed Mom or Dad's car then got a scratch or ding in it by fixing the problem so you didn't have to 'fess up. Pete also spent many years touching up football helmets for both Venice-Nokomis High School and Venice High School. He had such a history in this area, and will be missed.


John and Pam Ritchie posted on 3/5/21

Sorry for the passing of Pete Peterson. A long time friend of the Ritchie family. He will be greatly missed by all in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


David Ingram and Edward Hoefert posted on 3/4/21

Carol and Cindy, We are so sorry to hear the news about Pete and your loss. Pete was a kind and gentle man. He was a pleasure to know and always in good spirits with a joke and a story to tell. Our loved ones are always taken from us too soon. Our love and prayers to you both.


Gwen Heggan posted on 3/3/21

Our heartfelt condolences to Carol and the Peterson family. Pete was a lifetime friend of our family and we have fond memories will will cherish. Joann Shepherd, Gwen Shepherd Heggan & Nancy Shepherd Dalton.


Steve Wooden aka Stevie Dye posted on 3/3/21

Pete was my good friend in high school. He had a unique sense of humor. We had many happy days back then.