American Patriotic 10

John E. Peterson

August 21, 1930 ~ October 23, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Obituary Image



Lincoln – John E. “Jack” Peterson, 92, of Chapel Street, died Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Mount St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland.  He was the beloved husband of the late Amelia (Hallal) Peterson and the companion of the late Barbara Papineau.

Born in North Providence, a son of the late Henry and Lucy (McConnell) Peterson, he had lived in Lincoln since 1957.

Mr. Peterson was a Professor Emeritus at Rhode Island College, where he taught Physics and Astronomy for thirty years before retiring.  Prior to that, he was a school teacher in the City of Cranston for six years. He was a graduate of Rhode Island College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Jack was a magician and was a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Rhode Island Society of Magicians.  An Air Force veteran, he served during the Korean War.  He was a member of Christ Church, Lincoln.

He is survived by two daughters, Leslie Soiles of Worcester, MA and Christine Whatley of Lincoln; four sons, John E. Peterson, Jr. of Brandon, VT, Mark A. Peterson of Summit, N.J., Eric C. Peterson of East Longmeadow, MA, and Carl A. Peterson of Tiverton; one sister, Lucy Reale of Massachusetts; one son-in-law; three daughters-in-law; eighteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Benjamin Peterson, Henry Peterson, Caroline Loader and David Peterson.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Monday, October 31, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Christ Church, 1643 Lonsdale Avenue, Lincoln.  Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the ALS Association, 2374 Post Road Suite 103, Warwick, R.I. 02886 would be appreciated.  For directions and guest book, please visit 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John E. Peterson, please visit our floral store.


October 30, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bellows Funeral Chapel
160 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Requiem Eucharist
October 31, 2022

10:00 AM
Christ Church
1643 Lonsdale Avenue,
Lincoln, RI 02865

October 31, 2022

Highland Memorial Park
1 Rhode Island Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919


ALS Association - Rhode Island Chapter
2374 Post Rd #103, Warwick RI 02886


© 2022 Bellows Funeral Chapel. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility