Condolence & Memory Journal

I am deeply saddened to learn of Jims passing. We met while classmates in the school of Engineering at MD and became friends sharing ideas and solutions to home work assignments. We partnered in a senior project to design and build a hand operated control system for a clutch driven motor vehicle. We graduated in the same class year (1966). Jim was as passionate about having fun as he was serious about his education. Immediately after graduation, he had already planned a 3 week 10,000 mile tour of the U.S. with specific dates and stays at major national parks and cities. He needed two others to make his plan work. I said count me in and that was the making of a lasting friendship. That trip was an experience I will always recall. Jims vision of his own future was as focused. He was determined to complete law school and take his lifes plan to a higher level. If you can read this, Jim, you have my highest admiration for your achievements. I have fond memories of sailing weekends in Cambridge and later reconnecting at his second home at Holly Harbour. I tried to call Jim at Christmas and left a message. I never heard from him again. However, that was not usual as Jim would not call if he had no news or bad news. I learned through the internet he is no longer with us.
Rest in Peace My Friend
With our love,
Margaret and Andy Spagnuolo

Posted by Andy Spagnuolo - Painter, VA - friend   March 17, 2019

I just learned of Jim's passing & am deeply saddened. I worked for him at patent law firm & he was my favorite attorney ever! He kept fresh roses in all the secretaries vases always & brought a light & laughter to life that i cherished. He would have fun picking the patent of the week like "an edible dog food bowl" & we would laugh...
He was always upset I got his son interested in bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. He told me "please don't start sky diving" as they may follow your lead. He cherished his children & family so my condolences to all of you.
I stayed in touch but with my health deteriorating I lost touch & haven't seen him for years.
Rest in peace Jim.

Posted by Cecilia Maida - Coworker   March 08, 2019

Deepest sympathies from Fire Station 41 - El Granada. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Peterson while he was stuck in his elevator. Our crew assisted him up his exterior stairwell. His directions were firm and precise. He was a man that knew what he wanted and took charge. He made a lasting impression on us at Fire Station 41. He will be missed.

Posted by Tyler Martin - El Granada, CA - Friend   March 03, 2019

Jim, I will remember you as a fellow EGNAGER (El Granada Action Group). A neighborhood group who were able to prevent AT&T from building a 85 foot cell tower in our neighborhood. May you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Sherry Kline - El Granada, CA - Neighbor   March 02, 2019

Vibrant, passionate, unique and inventive, Jim was an amazing storyteller. My Pilates profession took me to his house in El Granada, and while Id get him to stretch and open his joints or work on strengthening his body, Id hear about his life on the east coast, his profession, his Audi and car stories (one especially funny one about driving a Porsche with a friend across the desert in Nevada and getting stopped by the cops) or his sailing adventures, plus much more. I moved out of state a few years ago and Ive been regretfully out of touch with him. Sorry to hear of his passing to the light, he is sadly missed. My deep condolences to the Peterson Family and those terriers!

Posted by Susie Whipp - Land O Lakes, WI - acquaintance   February 13, 2019


Jim, I will miss you. It was honor to get to work on your body and release some of your pain. I loved all your wonderful stories you shared with me. You were a real Mensch. You were a warrior facing your challenges through humor, strength and wisdom. It was wonderful to know you. I surround your family with love, Blessings. May you be pain free now and sail into the sunset.
Irma Morawietz, LMT - friend

Posted by Irma Morawietz - Half Moon Bay, CA - Friend   February 12, 2019


Jim, I will miss you. It was an honor to work on your body and relieve some of your pain.
I loved the many stories you shared with me. You were a real Mensch. I was glad to call you my friend. You faced your hardships with strenghth and humor. Surrounding your family with love, Blessings..
- Irma Morawietz'LMT, Friend

Posted by Irma Morawietz - Half Moon Bay, CA - Friend   February 12, 2019

Jim it was a pleasure to have been your private Chef and good friend.
Steve and I will always miss your easy smile and great sailing stories.

Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Anastasia & Steve Knight

Posted by Anastasia Knight - Boston, MA - Friend   January 12, 2019

Jimmy was one of our five possee members (a group of friends that got together regularly - usually with shenanigans occurring). We will miss him so much. We're very sorry that he is gone. Condolences to his great family. Rebecca & Bill, Oceanside, CA.

Posted by Rebecca Newlin - Oceanside, CA - Friend   January 12, 2019


Jim you are greatly missed may you rest in peace

Posted by Ana Perez - GALT, CA   January 12, 2019

So very sorry, I will miss Jim.

Posted by Bruce Powell - Richmond, CA - Friend   January 11, 2019

Jim was my friend for almost sixty years. Despite his handicap,Jim was the toughest, smartest, most clever and fun man I have ever met. Rest In Peace. We will meet again.

Posted by John Mauchamer - Montgomery, TX - Friend   January 11, 2019

My condolences to the Peterson family! My heart goes out to you all. I enjoyed my visits and friendship with Jim over the years and our many political and life changing conversations. We were going to change the world May he run free with no boundaries. RIP Jim you deserve Peace!

Posted by Liz Walker - Spring Valley, CA - Friend   January 11, 2019

Rest in Peace friend..Bob

Posted by Bob stevenson - Manteca, CA - Friend   January 11, 2019

Jim Pete was our bi-coastal friend a force of nature whether behind the wheel of his Morgan roadster outfitted with a hydraulic hand clutch, or the helmsman of a DC14 cat sailer, or at a desk in the U.S. Patent Office, or as the intellectual property chief legal counsel for a startup venture, and a patent counsel to any one of several multinational companies. We honor him as a sibling to his sister, a passionate husband in two marriages, and devoted father to five children and nine grandchildren, plus his loyal crew of friends always around him. Nothing ever hindered JWP despite both his legs being permanently disabled by polio in early childhood, requiring steel forearm crutches to go about his days and nights. Indeed, those late nights in his embrace, he regaled us with imagined and real storied exploits that made us laugh long and hard. We offer sad condolences to his family survivors. We will miss him.
In solidarity, Bette Ann & Gary Hubbard. Burbank, CA.

Posted by Bette Ann & Gary Hubbard - Burbank, CA - Friend   January 11, 2019

We offer the Peterson Family our condolences & journey ahead in loving celebration of JWP as a force of nature who will sadley be missed.

Posted by Bette Ann & Gary Hubbard - Burbank, CA - Friend   January 11, 2019