A much-loved husband, father, son, brother and friend to many, Thomas C Peterson, 49, of New Brighton, Minnesota, passed away unexpectantly on December 26, 2018. His death was due to complications with Type 1 Diabetes, a disease he had battled bravely for nearly 20 years.
Tom was born on April 1st, 1969 to Clifford and Mary Peterson in St. Anthony MN. After a successful HS hockey and football career as a St. Anthony High School Huskie, he married and had 2 children and settled in New Brighton, MN. He became a successful Software Engineer and engaged member of his community in all ways.
Tom was passionate and completely supportive of his two children, Rachael (19) and Quinton (17). He coached his daughter and son in softball, hockey and lacrosse and became involved in countless ways to help support the community and sports that his children were involved in. His greatest love was his children and that passion spilled over to the many children he coached over the years. His children’s teammates and friends were treated as if they were his own and lovingly called him “Coach Tom”. Tom was also an avid Minnesota Gopher fan, but when his daughter chose the University of Wisconsin as her college of choice, Tom was often seen proudly wearing a badger sweatshirt in support of his daughter. Tom was also so very proud of Quinton and his athletic abilities and was the perfect father to help guide him as he grew into not only a great athlete, but a gracious one.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Clifford, brothers in laws, Brad, Bruce and Friend Mike. He is survived by his wife Melanie: Children, Rachael and Quinton: Mother, Mary: Siblings, Lynne (Dave L), Anne (Dave M), Sue: Nieces and Nephews, Karl, Joel, Scott, Shane, Leah, Mallory, Hunter, Nick: Cousins and many many dear friends.
Visitation Sunday Dec. 30 1-4 at the Billman-Hunt Chapel, 2701 Central Ave NE. and 1 hour prior to services at the church. Services 11 AM, Monday Dec. 31 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton. Interment Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.