William ‘Bill’C. Peters
EXETER — William “Bill” C. Peters, 75, of the town of Exeter, a life-long area resident, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, following a long illness.
Born at Bassett Hospital Sept. 30, 1938, Bill was the son of Lewis C. and Gertrude (Rathbun) Peters. He was raised in Cooperstown and graduated from Cooperstown High School in the Class of 1956. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served as a sonar operator aboard the USS Thomas J. Gary, a Destroyer Escort. Following active service, Bill remained in the Naval Reserve until September of 1962.
Upon his return to Cooperstown, Bill worked at the Cooperstown Western Auto and thereafter, and for many years, he worked as a buyer in material procurement at Remington Arms in Ilion. Most recently, Bill worked at Bassett Hospital.
Bill was an active and dedicated volunteer in his community.
It could be said that his favorite activity, even more so than bowling, which he loved and excelled at, was volunteering in the fire service. He was a member of the Cooperstown Fire Department from 1960 until 1972, the Richfield Springs Fire Department from 1972 to 1974, and in the Schuyler Lake Fire Department from 1974 until his death. He served as chief of the Schuyler Lake Fire Department for 21 years.
Bill was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Reynolds) on Dec. 14, 2013.
He is survived by his son, Mark Peters of Cape Cod, Mass.; daughter, Jaci Lamb of Cape Coral, Fla.; stepsons, John (Lori) Lamb of Exeter and Brett Utter (and his significant other, Heather Minnich) of Newington, Conn. Bill, or “Billy Bob” as he was known by members of his family, is also survived by his sister, Donna Robinson of Cooperstown; and brothers, Lee (Dottie) Peters of North Carolina and Jerry (Kathleen) Peters of Connecticut. Bill is also survived by five grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Cooperstown with the Rev. Bill Delia, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. The Schuyler Lake Fire Department will conduct the “Fireman’s Service” as part of the memorial service. The family will be present from 5 p.m. until the time of service to receive friends. Burial and committal will occur in the spring on the family plot in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the Schuyler Lake Fire Department, P.O. Box 112, Schuyler Lake, NY 13457.
Arrangements are entrusted to Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.