8/13/1943 to 6/10/2004
John Peterson was a
special person. He worked very hard to bring awareness to COPD
and also organ donation. He will be sorely missed.
JOHN A. PETERSON
John A. Peterson, 60, of Falmouth,
died Thursday, June 10th at home after a lengthy struggle with lung disease. The
husband of Lilli Clabby, a Falmouth Hospital nurse, Mr. Peterson was born and
raised in Bostonís Mission Hill. He loved Cape Cod, where he lived for two
stints, first starting in 1980 and then in 2000 after a decade living and
working in San Francisco. A veteran of the U.S. Army 2nd and 1st Calvary, Mr.
Peterson was a sergeant on active duty with a tank recovery unit in Vietnam. He
always worked hard, early on as a Boston newsboy and later as a certified
automotive master mechanic in Massachusetts and California. Mr. Petersonís
biggest impact may have been with the many groups he devoted himself to,
including Alcoholics Anonymous, which he said gave him a second shot at life in
1982. He ran the Falmouth Road Race twice but volunteered several more times. He
was a director of the Second Wind Transplant Association and was the patient
liaison to the lung transplant program at Brigham and Womenís Hospital. He often
spoke publicly on behalf of the New England Organ Bank. The Internet widened Mr.
Petersonís large circle of friends. For years he edited an on-line newsletter
for people with lung disease that he distributed nationally. His sign off was
always the same: You lean on me and Iíll lean on you and weíll be okay.Besides
his wife, Mr. Peterson is survived by a daughter, Christine Nally of Wilmington;
two sisters, Mary Melaragani of Gilbert, Ariz. and Margaret Donahue of
Riverside, Calif.; two nieces; three nephews; a grandson; and a
granddaughter.Visiting hours will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 11th in the
Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave at Rt. 151, MASHPEE. A
service will he held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment is
private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to New England Organ Bank,
One Gateway Center, Newton, MA.