Peterson, David A., 71,, died peacefully at home on June 4, 2020 after a seventeen-month battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme.
He was born in Middletown, Connecticut to Blanche (Gauthier) and Edward Peterson (both deceased) on January 1, 1949, and lived on High Street in the North End of Middletown for his entire formative years.
He leaves to cherish and honor his memory his wife Kim (Jean), daughter Nicole Weatherspoon (Barry) of Antioch TN, son Matthew Peterson of Hendersonville, TN, two grandchildren AJ Cisneros of Murfreesboro TN and Cheyenne Weatherspoon of Antioch TN, brother Thomas Peterson (Catherine) of Edmund OK, as well as a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He attended local schools and graduated in the eighth grade from St. John’s Catholic school in 1963 and was a member of the first graduating class of Xavier High School in 1967 both in Middletown Connecticut. He was an avid sports enthusiast playing baseball, golf, and bowling throughout his life.
He served our country in the United States Air Force having been stationed at various bases around the United States and at U-Tapao Air Force Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War. After leaving the Air Force he was employed by Standard Knapp in Portland, Connecticut. He went on to become a member of the Middletown Police Department serving his hometown community. Upon leaving the Police Department he became a Letter Carrier for the Middletown Postal Service. In 1989 Dave moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee, transferring with the U.S. Postal Service there. He transferred to the Gallatin, Tennessee Post Office from where he retired in 2012.
Never one to be idle Dave held many “part-time” positions throughout his retired years, he was a driver for Mid-Cumberland Transportation, Long Hollow Golf Course, Sumner County Schools (where he drove a school bus), and the National Hockey League as Game Time Keeper for the Nashville Predators.
Dave was extremely active in supporting all Veterans and was Past President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 240 for Sumner County TN, a member of Rolling Thunder Chapter TN1, and worked with Hope & Healing at Hillenglade in Nashville, TN.
His passion for helping others was never-ending, he never knew a stranger his smile was infectious.
A Celebration of Life for David will be held at Hendersonville VFW Post 9851, 73 New Shackle Island Road in Hendersonville, on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Inurnment will be held at Nashville National Cemetery, 1420 Gallatin Pike S. in Madison, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 2 p.m. There will be a procession, led by Rolling Thunder TN1, along with other veteran and non-veteran motorcycle groups, from Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 East Main Street in Hendersonville. Procession will leave the funeral home at 1:00 PM. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be observed at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s name can be made to: Hendersonville VVA Chapter 240, www.vva240.com , Rolling Thunder TN1, www.rollingthundertn1.com , Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, www.travelingwall.us, and Hope and Healing at Hillenglade, www.hillenglade.org .