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2015/03/26 23:54:06 (permalink)

POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY

This one of the most difficult post's I have ever made on this website.
 
   An hour ago I received an email from Steve Peterson's Brother-in-Law,  notifying me that Steve had passed away during a surgical procedure at a hospital in Nashville, Wednesday nite. Steve , POVERTY-PETE to most here on Roadfood, had returned to Nashville Sunday when his recurring ulcer problem interfered with his convoy-driving job.
   I talked with Steve a couple of times a day during his hospital stay. Wednesday afternoon he was in pretty severe discomfort, but told me they were going to "fix things" soon so he was hoping to improve shortly.
I will post any details about a service or where to send cards when I receive it from his family.
Steve was one of the Original Glee Club Members. We have shared a decade of RF adventures.
I am shocked deeply  at his passing.I can't believe he is gone.
al
 

   
INFORMATION REGARDING DONATIONS TO HIS MEMORIAL FUND AND THE MEMORIAL SERVICE DATE AND TIME ARE LISTED IN A POST FURTHER DOWN THE THREAD.
Thank You, Al
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 00:08:38 (permalink)
It is with heavy hearts and many tears that we hear of the passing of one of our dear RF friends.  We shared many meals with PP while he was passing in and out of Columbus. 
 
Life is so precious and so unpredictable.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 00:31:09 (permalink)
So sad and shocking to hear about Pete.
 
My heart goes out to all the lives he touched.
 
May he rest peacefully.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 01:02:11 (permalink)
Sorry to hear this , I know the Mayor spoke very highly of him , he even considered him " Brotherly ". I will keep him in my prayers and thoughts. I never met him personally , but I think we would have gotten along like " Old Friends " R.I.P. Poverty Pete. Hang in there Mayor Al.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 01:06:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby pineyhill 2015/03/28 14:23:47
I mean no disrespect to any whose beliefs lead in another direction, but here is my first response to the loss of one of my closest friends, not just a casual internet contact, but a man with whom I have shared a lot of miles on the road and a lot of time working out lifes problems. This is How I visualize my friends Bushie and Steve..holding a table for us...

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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 01:30:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby pineyhill 2015/03/28 14:24:19
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.
 
 
post edited by CajunKing - 2015/03/27 01:35:25
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 02:15:43 (permalink)
Very rarely am I moved by the passing of someone. When I opened Roadfood tonight and saw Mayor Al's headline, my heart stopped and I stopped breathing. I've never had that happen before. What sad news.
He loved kids. His Father Ryan Kids and his Santa Clara Vanguard Kids will surely miss him.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could play a musical tribute to him as he struts his way through the Heavenly Gates. Rest In Peace Good Soul. 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 02:30:29 (permalink)

I don't know what to say. I just talked to Steve two weeks ago. He was a great guy and a great friend.

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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 03:44:19 (permalink)
Foodbme
Very rarely am I moved by the passing of someone. When I opened Roadfood tonight and saw Mayor Al's headline, my heart stopped and I stopped breathing. I've never had that happen before. What sad news.
He loved kids. His Father Ryan Kids and his Santa Clara Vanguard Kids will surely miss him.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could play a musical tribute to him as he struts his way through the Heavenly Gates. Rest In Peace Good Soul. 


In Indianapolis last August I met with Steve when his Band group was getting set for the final show of their summer tour. We grabbed some BBQ from Kings Ribs and came back to LUCAS STADIUM to watch and listen to the bands rehearsing for the show that night. Steve marched around like John P. Sousa during some of the numbers, caught up in the spirit of the music . He really loved those Summer tours, and was looking forward to this Summer, even though he was going to have to do a shorter version of the convoy-duty. 


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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 04:40:40 (permalink)
I knew him as a great poster...I see he was a great man. May he rest in peace. He is in my prayers.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 07:26:42 (permalink)
While I never met Steve, I certainly enjoyed his posts here over the years.
 Condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 07:42:56 (permalink)
Steve and Al and Bushie are the folks that I have known the longest on Roadfood.  I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner with Steve many times and in fact I was suppose to have breakfast with Steve this past Monday.  He called me Sunday night and indicated he would be delayed and suggest Tuesday and then called Monday night and indicated he was in severe pain.  We cancelled and he returned to Nashville and apparently straight to the hospital.
 
This was an extreme shock and hit me just as Rick's passing and Bushie's did.  Coincidental as I was also suppose to meet with Rick. Steve was a man with many experiences and I doubt if any of us ever knew a lot about him.  He was a very private man.
 
I certainly will miss Steve.  He always wanted Mamaw Smith to join us when we ate along with Roz.  It seriously affected Roz also when she heard about Steve passing.  Roz had several conversations with Steve regarding some medical issues.
All of us on Roadfood are in extreme shock.
 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 08:04:09 (permalink)
I haven't been posting much lately because work simply gets in the way, but this incredibly sad news stopped me dead in my tracks. I am shocked and sad by this tragic news. I too have known Steve for 7 years. He was one of my favorite Roadfooders and a true friend.  I last saw Steve this  past June when he visited Providence for one of his trucking gigs. He stayed overnight at my condo the year before that. Sandra and I were going to see Steve at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville CT  two weeks from tomorrow. I am so sad and disappointed that I'm not going to be able to see my friend.
I haven't told Sandra yet, and I'm extremely upset now, I think I should get back to work, I know it won't take my mind off of Steve's passing. I send my condolences to Steve's family and I know he is at peace.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 08:27:34 (permalink)
I was hoping Steve would be able to make it to Chicago in May so that I could meet him in person.  My condolences to his family and friends during this sad time.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 08:34:37 (permalink)
I am shocked. Besides interaction on this site, I got to hang out with him and share several meals during the Glee Club in Mobile a couple of years ago. He teased me about not accepting his "lunch" invitation ( it was actually Al's surprise birthday party a few years back) and just a good all around guy. Rest in peace and my prayers to his family.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 08:42:02 (permalink)
Hard to believe, hard to take.  It is tough to process my thoughts right now.
 
He had such boyish enthusiasm for the restaurants he visited and the adventures he would have while driving his truck.  You could hear the excitement in his voice.  I remember him calling me one time, because he had to tell me about this place in the middle of nowhere in SW Tennessee that made the best ham salad he had ever had.   He got such genuine joy over things like that, which is a great quality.  And like Foodbme mentioned, he really loved those kids.  Between the Father Ryan, Vanguard and driving tours for people like Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert, he really seemed to be enjoying his life lately.
 
Steve was also as reliable as it comes to recommending a restaurant.  He had great taste and if he told you to go somewhere, you better pay heed.  He never once let me down.  Not sure if Jane and Michael Stern knew it or not, but pre-Roadfood website, Steve would mail recommendations to them.  He told me a few of the places he wrote to them about actually ended up in their books.
 
He will be sorely missed.   My condolences to his family and all the other Roadfooders who called him friend.  
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 09:07:24 (permalink)
RIP Steve.  My deepest condolences to his family(here and at home).
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 09:28:31 (permalink)
As others have already expressed, I also enjoyed several meals over a long span of years with Steve.  He had such an enthusiasm for all things Roadfood and life in general.  He ALWAYS had such a positive vibe whenever we crossed paths.
 
I am deeply saddened by this news and certainly send my prayers and thoughts to Steve, his family and to all of our shared Roadfood friends.  Til we meet again!
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 09:42:46 (permalink)
I am very sorry to hear this.  I met Steve at a President's Day roadfood gathering one cold February at the Moonlite in Owensboro.  Sometime later we got together when I told him about Knockum Hill Bar-B-Q's giant pork chop.   It is Steve's picture of that pork chop (with the tiny fork stuck in the top of it) that suddenly generated a lot of business for the restaurant.  The owner later framed that picture and had it on the wall inside.  I got together with Steve a couple of times after that.  He was always quite knowledgeable about many of the South's restaurants.  I'm so sorry he's gone.
 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 11:10:26 (permalink)
I never met Steve, but always enjoyed his perspective and his equanimity. He was a good guy to know on the Internet. Condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 11:15:48 (permalink)
Steve was my friend. I miss him already. This morning I told a few people at the Waffle House about it and they remembered that he was the guy who ordered a country ham sandwich when I brought him in a year ago. They'd never made one of those before. He called me last week to tell me about his upcoming drive to New York and Madison Square Garden with Miranda Lambert's tour. Steve told be they'd then be in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino, and that Dale and Sandra would be joining him to take in the show. And he wanted to know whether Lisa and I had been to Katzinger's lately.
 
I agree with you, Mr. Mayor. Steve and Bushie will be there.  
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 11:36:02 (permalink)
So sorry to hear this. One of the great and very present denizens of this site.
 
Rest -- and Eat -- in Peace, Steve.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 12:17:06 (permalink)
ROADFOOD MEMBERS NOTICE-
 
  I received this message from Steve's Brother-in-Law this morning regarding Steve Peterson -
 
  

"Hi Al
 
I will have all the arrangements completed this afternoon. We are only doing a graveside service in Tullahoma, you are defiantly welcome if you wish to attend.
 
Steve most likely shared with you his love of his Father Ryan Marching Band that he drove to a number of competitions. His wishes was to be able to buy them a equipment trailer ( figures ) , so they can travel in style. So, if his estate permits that is what we will do.
 
Due to his love of the band, we are asking that in lieu of flowers to make a donation in his name to the band. I will have this set up this afternoon and will forward you this info.
 
Thanks to you and yours and the rest of the Roadfood group for being his friend."
 
I will add the details and schedule when I receive them. I do plan to attend the service, if at all possible.
Thank you all for your kind words abour our friend. To many folks, Steve was kind of a 'Loner'. Those of us lucky enough to get beyond that facade, knew a man with a great sense of humor and the curiosity and desire to explore new places that few men have the opportunity to exploit. There was a lot more to Steve Peterson than most folks ever had the chance to enjoy.
al
 
 
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 12:40:58 (permalink)
May his memory be for a blessing.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 13:50:13 (permalink)
What a hell of a good fellow, and entertaining poster.  I'll certainly miss reading his contributions here.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 14:51:04 (permalink)
Several months ago Steve knew he would be passing through McKinney and contacted me for a 'get together' which we both enjoyed at his choice one of our (extremely many) Mexican dining venues. 
 
What a kind gentleman and wonderful, interesting fellow!
 
I'm at a loss at how, properly, to express loss. 
 
So, I'll observe that Steve was one of those lucky fellas who figured out how to cram 90 years of joyous living into 60 or so years of life.
 
Rest well, Steve. 
See you 'around'. 
Next time, anything but Mexican!
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 15:17:46 (permalink)
I thought I might share with you some of the RoadFood 'adventures' I shared with "Poverty Pete" over the 13 years we 'hung out together'. Steve mwt us at locations around the country and shared interesting meals of a wide vaiety of sorts over the years.
 
Of course we visited the Moonlite BBQ more often than most other places in the area.

 The 2006 Glee Club Session- Note the Hawaiian Shirt !!

 
 
The Original Glee Club session was a real learning experience centered around Hays BBQ(and others) in Lexington, TN. Steve and Bushie were great company for Paul and Pogo and Myself that day.



 
Fun to shop with..if you like "exotics" !! No Bread and Milk for this guy..check the Pickled Onions and Olives then to the Meat department for  Pigs Head to Boil..  Going to Costco with Steve could be a time consuming and expensive trip !!


 Our Mobile, Alabama Glee Club Sessions were favorites of Steve's. He loved to combine the BBQ and Seafood stops we found in and around Mobile.


The 'Other Steve'-"or The Travelin Man" Got Steve #1 to pose one time with Roz, His friend and Sundancer's Companion. Roz has been an advisor for some of us and is wise far beyond her young years. She is a good friend and I know that Steve appreciated her advice and counsel.


 
 
He enjoyed riding his Bike, seen here with Sundancer at The Loveless Cafe, and later at Ellendale's Brunch

 

 
 He rode all the way up to our place in Indiana from Nashville to use my grill to cook some steaks I had brought home from a Costco run...  That's the Steve I knew.

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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 15:33:36 (permalink)
😥. All these years of knowing him I never knew his name was Steve. Rest in Peace, Steve.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 16:19:21 (permalink)
I was so saddened to read about Poverty Pete's passing,  I never met him in person but knew more about him from correspondence that we had.  He was a true gentleman who really appreciated good manners and proper etiquette.  I will  miss his posts and and hearing about his adventures.  

   
Steve, may you rest in peace.
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Re: POVERTY PETE PASSED AWAY 2015/03/27 16:49:08 (permalink)
NOTE- I RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY THIS AFTERNOON.
 

Hi Al
 
The memorial fund has been set up, donations to:
 
Father Ryan High School
770 Norwood Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
 
Please note: The Steve Peterson Memorial Gift.
 
Graveside Service in Tuesday, March 31st at:  1:00 PM
 
Rose Hill Memorial Gardens
4758 New Manchester Hwy
Tullahoma, TN 37388
 
Thanks
 
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