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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/31 20:33:26 (permalink)
Janet couldn't go. Al went alone, Lisa.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/31 23:42:08 (permalink)
Arrived Home at 11:30 PM local time. Am rather travel worn. I am very thankful I was able to attend. I will give a report  tomorrow sometime. 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/31 23:52:46 (permalink)
Thank you for going and representing us, Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 16:49:38 (permalink)
Steve called me up in early January and said he was going to be in San Diego, Visiting his mother and taking care of some family business. He asked me to come down so he could show me some of his favorite places. Little did I know this would be the last time I'd see him. I picked him up in Del Mar and we drove to La Jolla. As we entered town, he pointed out a house where he had done the screens when he was working as a teen. We wound up at The Cottage, a place I had wanted to try and his favorite place to eat when he was young. I was driving, so he had a Bloody Mary to start. We had a delicious breakfast as he told me about growing up in San Diego, where his mother was the Romper Room Lady on local TV. 

 
Next we went to a place called Pizza Port, where he learned the art of brewing. As we sampled a few beers and he told me how their brewing equipment had changed over the years, it was just a fun time. After that, we went to a Mexican place his mother suggested, where we both had chili rellenos, chips and a margarita. I dropped him off and we parted ways. It was a great day and a great way to see where he grew up.
 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 17:54:21 (permalink)
Terrible news. I read this and was extremely heartbroken. He seemed like such a good man in his posts. I wish for comfort for his family and friends, especially you Al. You sound like really close friends. 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 17:59:14 (permalink)
Ed I can't think of a better way for a genuine Roadfooder like Steve...and no jest intended at all, Steve loved the Road and he loved exploring Roadfood establishments all over the country...any I can't think of a better way to close out a person's contributions to this site than your report of your San Diego visit with Steve Peterson, POVERTY PETE, just a few weeks ago.
 
   I returned late last night from the round trip ride down to Tullahoma, TN Home of one of Steve's sisters and her husband. The family had gathered for a graveside memorial service at a local cemetery, with a local Preacher conducting the service. Steve's involvment with the Father Ryan's High School Band Organization was noted by representation at the service by the schools leadership and parents paying their respects to a man who had contributed to the success of the Band in it's competitions for several years. I was suprised a bit when I was asked, at the start of the service, if I would be willing to say a few words about Steve's Roadfood participation. Never one to turn down a chance to promote the RF life I shared a few stories of Poverty Pete and the Glee Club activities over the years. The family had printed out the this thread with the various posts from all of you about Steve and the photos that have been posted here. They shared that print-out with all the visitors to the service and the follow-up social afterwards. I thought that was a very nice thing to do as many folks did not get to sign the guest book on-line at the Funeral Home.
I took a few photos for the family and will post just a few here including my thoughts of how Steve might have looked as he watched the proceedings yesterday. After the service I visited withthe family for awhile then headed North, arriving home sortly before Mid-nite. I was travel-worn, but I felt good inside that I was able to do what I thought I needed to do to honor my Friend.
STEVEN  ERIC  PETERSON  1951-2015
 




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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 18:25:13 (permalink)
Thank you, Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 18:33:24 (permalink)
Thank you, Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 18:45:58 (permalink)
Al, this is why you are the mayor!  Thank you for representing all of us at Steve's funeral. I certainly wished that I could have attended but 750 miles would have made it a three day trip. I am so glad that someone from Roadfood was there as it was certainly a very important part of his life.  Thank you, Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 18:55:40 (permalink)
Wonderful, Mr. Mayor.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 19:03:38 (permalink)
What Greymo said. I don't think I could have said it any better.
 
Thanks, Al
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 19:09:33 (permalink)
Thank you Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/01 21:10:14 (permalink)
That had to be a really long, exhausting day for you Al.  So glad to know you got home safely.  That was very classy of his family to ask you to say a few words and we couldn't have asked for a better person to represent the Roadfood community. 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/02 00:49:25 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2015/04/02 07:43:00
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Yeah I did over extend a bit. However it was  important ,and it is done. I am still a bit out of sorts, but I spent a good part of this evening copying my Roadfood photo files, those photos that had 'PP' involved in our activities, or in things he and I had bummed around doing over the past dozen years. Plus I had a 500 meg file of his Greek Trip with his Mother back in 2008 that no one in the family had, so I made photo cd's of the two files and will send them down to Tullahoma shortly.
  Most of you folks knew Steve, and Bushie also, as good guys who enjoyed the Roadfood 'comraderie'. I have to say when I left my 'railfan' friends out in Southern Cal back in 2000, I really felt I had given up my 'inner circle ' of friends...but a few Roadfood guys have managed to tie in close and we form a pretty tight-knit group who share the bond of "growing older" together. Losing Bushie and now Steve has left some empty spaces in my heart, Those two guys were really good men. Fun, Funny, and always willing to share their thoughts and advice as needed.
  I hope all of you can say that you have some friends who can be a second family when needed for you, like my Roadfood friends have been for me. Going a few miles yesterday to honor my friend's memory, was the least I could do to remind all, of the ties that that man and I shared in this group.
  Under different criteria a simple "Semper Fi" would be the appropriate response right now.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/02 02:58:30 (permalink)
Well said Mayor, Thank You.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/02 07:47:48 (permalink)
Thanks Al...well done and well said!
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/02 12:51:57 (permalink)
Thank you, Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 01:56:47 (permalink)
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It is hard to type this through my tears, PP and I have also shared many a meal together, he showed me a new side of Smashville I had never experienced.  I now know why it is raining here in smashville.  PP was a remarkable & extremely kind in his dealings with all around him.
 
Steve Rest In Eternal Slumber, you are already missed by all who knew you and considered you a friend.
 
He was out of town for the first part of my trip down here and was looking forward to seeing him again, I guess this will have to do until later.
  


Steve was a friend and traveling companion of mine as well. In 2013 we rode together from Nashville to Mobile going to and from the glee club there in Mobile. In the picture you can just catch a piece of my shirt and elbow, Steve is on my right.

We met in Nashville three or four different times and shared a meal. I have family that live in Nashville and I always tried to meet with him when I was there. Initially we had planned on going to Little Rock in February together for this years glee club meeting. Steve was offered a driving job, out to California I believe it was. So he didn't make this years glee club nor was I able to meet up with him in February. That really saddens my heart.

Rest in peace my friend.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 09:37:43 (permalink)
Mike-
  I found this in my file of the 2013 trip.
 It is the only one I have with you and Steve in the same photo
 al
 

 
Michael, Look Up a post.. Here's the one you described..

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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 11:57:28 (permalink)
I was sitting right next to Steve -- across from Mike. And I loved that Abita Oyster Stout.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 15:32:27 (permalink)
I always enjoyed his posts. RIP Fellower Roadfooder.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 15:41:55 (permalink)
You just made me cry. 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/03 17:45:52 (permalink)
Thanks Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/04/04 13:38:59 (permalink)
Thanks Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2019/03/27 16:22:24 (permalink)
How can this already be four years ago?
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2019/03/27 20:09:10 (permalink)
Because time.  And its damnable, inexorable marching.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2019/03/28 11:57:11 (permalink)
Damn
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2019/04/05 19:24:04 (permalink)
Indeed.
 
We had met shortly before his passing and, as he was in the mood for Mexican, I took him to one of our many, many 'Mexican opportunities' here in McKinney.
 
He was wonderful, engaging company.  In fact, I still remember our conversation:  his meeting Dolly Parton, the infrastructure of pulling a semi into Madison Square Garden, and his affection for the Mexican chain "Chuy's".
 
That I do remember in such detail is a tribute to "Pete".
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2019/04/06 14:20:19 (permalink)
I always had a blast with him when he hit town. A personable, likable guy. And you're right---his stories were amazing!
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