Robert Glynn Peterson was born on July 12, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was known as “Pete” to his friends. He died on June 16, 2020 at the age of 89 years old. His body gave up but not his mind. Pete moved to Fort Myers Beach in the late 1950s and was part of the San Carlos Island commercial marine scene for the past six plus decades.
Pete was a scholar of history and all things scientific. He was a master marine machinist and an expert in fiberglass, welding, and was a seasoned shipwright. Pete fabricated the first commercial deck mounted fishing reels, commonly known as one-armed-bandits.
Pete moved to Punta Gorda in the early 1990s, yet remained in regular contact with his marine buddies. On Tuesday mornings Pete could be found at Bonita Bills Waterfront Cafe drinking coffee, discussing history, and all things scientific. He and his old salt buddies would tell sea stories and discuss marine topics. Pete was always willing to share his encyclopedic knowledge and expertise with anyone who asked.
Pete is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Walter and Lesley Peterson of Cape Coral. He also leaves behind his step-grandson David Castillo and his granddaughter Cheryl Peterson.