Deaths Death Notices
PETERSEN, James Doyle Jr. "Jimmy"
PETERSEN - James Doyle Jr. "Jimmy" Left us unexpectedly on July 15, 2016, at the age of 72. He was the oldest of the eight children of James and Betty Petersen, born and raised in Tonawanda. He attended Tonawanda High School, and after a stint in the U.S. Navy, he began his career as a roofer with ABest Roofing, run by the Arida family. He married his wife, Ann Aderman, and together they lived for 49 years in their house in North Tonawanda. He was a union roofer until he retired in 2000. Jimmy was an avid hunter and fisherman. He owned land in Bolivar, NY, where he hunted every year with his son, Robert, his grandsons, R.J. and Ryan, and his brothers, Larry, David and Paul. In his retirement, he was often seen sitting at the banks of creeks, the Erie Canal, and neighborhood ponds fishing with his dog, Lulu. He loved children. He loved playing with his two great-granddaughters, Madelyn and Annabell, letting them pound nails and make things in his garage workshop. He was a second grandfather to his many great-nieces and great-nephews, whom he taught to fish and build things. Jimmy was a jack-of-all-trades. There was nothing he could not fix. And he was constantly helping his family, neighbors and friends with their projects. He fixed roofs and remodeled for his entire family, especially his sisters Linda, Barbara, Myra and Mary. Jimmy was always there for anyone that needed him. He and his family built, by hand, a beautiful stone-fronted, lofted hunting cabin on his Bolivar land. This land was his refuge He loved watching the birds and animals, and he brought apples and seeds to set out to entice them to a viewing spot, where he would watch them come out in the evening. It was the site of many family reunions with his brothers, sisters, their spouses and children. It was the place where he left us. He found peace.