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Edward A. Peterson

Edward A. Peterson

Edward Arthur Peterson, 91, of Bridgeton Township, Upper Black Eddy, PA, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, at his home.

Born March 26, 1928, in Holland Township, NJ, he lived most of his life in Upper Black
Eddy, PA, and felt charmed to call himself a “country boy.” There, he worked his garden with joy and avidity.

Ed earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Philadelphia Conservatory of
Music and studied at The Julliard School. A teacher of music and piano, he was a longtime member of Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, whose organ loft he occupied with wizardly panache for over fifty years. So, too, did he direct the church choir and supply music for numberless weddings. In 1975, Ed introduced the Lenape Chamber Ensemble to the Upper Tinicum Church where they continue to perform. To generations of students, his piano lessons offered a singular retreat—a tucked-away space filled with warmth, humor, and inspiration.

Son of the late George E. and Ella D. (Rapp) Peterson, Ed is survived by his brother-in-
law, Robert Turnbow, of Colorado; nephews Wayne Turnbow of Colorado and Neal Turnbow of Illinois; and many loving friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Ellen Turnbow.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 11 AM at the Upper
Tinicum Cemetery, 188 Upper Tinicum Church Rd., Upper Black Eddy, PA, with the Reverend John Hansen officiating. Light refreshments and an opportunity to share memories will follow the service in the church Parish room.

Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 166, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972.


From: Shirley Pursell
Sorry for you loss-Ed was a great person in our community-what a great gift of music-he will forever be remembered=RIP ED

From: Louise Bidwell Fahey
I remember the delightful smell of apples each time I went to my piano lesson with Mr. Peterson. He was a delightful man and a wonderful teacher. I know he will be missed by the community, but what a wonderful legacy he has left.

From: Trish (Wooden) Knoblauch
Sorry to learn of the passing of your relative Mr. Peterson. He was my piano teacher long ago. He was always kind and patient. Whether I was prepared or not for lessons he encouraged. He is fondly remembered. He jazzed up exercise scales and gave example of advanced playing so my sister and I would learn to set goals with practice. I learned of his passing today and am unable to make his service. Prayers of comfort for you all.

From: Sally Holland Walker
Robert, Wayne, and Neal, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother-in-law and uncle. Mr. Peterson was such a kind and gentle man with a gift for playing the piano! He was my piano teacher and neighbor. He was such a good neighbor to my parents and family during these past 65 years. He will be missed by all us whose lives he touched.

From: C
What a lovely man and a dedicated teacher! My sister, brothers and I all took lessons from Mr. Peterson. He was amazingly patient and kind, even when I had only practiced twice that week. We fondly remember his cats as they entertained us before lessons, and we heard his laughter echo through the room. Years later, Mr. Peterson played at my wedding. He was a gentle, beautiful man. We're blessed to have known him.

From: Frank Winters
Goodbye Edward, dear friend. Having known Edward for 35 years it is difficult to believe he is now gone, along with his friend, Ernie Schaibel. I have been traveling outside the USA for the past several months but do check the Bucks County Herald obits just in case. Edward was such a wonderful man and I always enjoyed my visits to his home and each time I wondered, will this be my final visit, and this past July, it was. I weep for him, Frank

From: Elaine Bonnell
To the family of Mr. Peterson, My mom and I both took lessons from Mr. Peterson. So sorry I never got to thank him in person. I tried many times to go see him, but I could not remember which street he lived on, up on the Upper Back Eddy hill. My mom, Alyne, really loved her lessons with him. He brought her talent back to life, as she majored in piano, then had 3 kids to raise. So sorry I did not get to visit him in his home. Elaine Bonnell

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