William Karl Peterman II

8/2/1936 – 5/27/2023

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of William Karl Peterman II, 86, of Charlotte, N.C. (formerly of Carmel, NY) on May 27, 2023.

William was born August 2, 1936 in New York City to William and Harriet (West) Peterman. He married his beloved wife, Catherine Cregg on January 31, 1959 at St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx, NY. They were blessed with four wonderful children.

Bud (also called Bill) was a member of the New York City Fire Department, working for the FDNY from 1958 until he retired in 1997. During his long and proud career, he worked as a firefighter in the Bronx at Ladder 38, then as Lieutenant in Ladder 39 and later as a Captain in Ladder 28 in Manhattan. The final stage of Bill Peterman’s career saw him promoted to Battalion Chief (Battalion 18) back in the Bronx. He received several commendations for bravery but valued the lifetime of friendships and a brotherhood based on service most of all.

Bud Peterman was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, colleague, and when recently asked about what he was most proud of in his life, his response was straightforward: “My Family”. Family was everything to him, whether Blood, Friends and Neighbors in Carmel, NY, Spring Hill, FL, Charlotte, NC and his Beloved FDNY brotherhood. He was active in his community and was a member of the Knights of Columbus – St. James and the NY Fire Chief’s Association.

As a young man, Bud Peterman grew up as one of five children in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven at the end of WWII. He was quite an athlete – boxing, playing stickball and basketball and he became a lifelong NY Yankees Fan. It is in that neighborhood where he met the love of his life Catherine Cregg, at 14 years old.

A lesser-known talent Bud had was as an artist. He was the illustrator of his US Navy yearbook and often drew little pictures in cards for his children and grandchildren.

In the US Navy, Bud Peterman traveled the Mediterranean with his big brother George on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. Bud loved fishing, travel, trips to Ireland, and teaching his grandkids poker – a lifelong game he enjoyed with friends. He encouraged education and hard work, and always took life with a bit of humor.

Bud Peterman is predeceased by his beloved wife, Catherine who passed away in 2008. He is survived by his much-loved and proud children, William Karl Peterman III, Dawn Peterman Krieg, Thomas Cregg Peterman (Maria) and Tara Anne Peterman (Mark). He is also survived by his six treasured grandchildren, Bailey Catherine Krieg, Sarah Warner Peterman, James Thomas Peterman, William Charles Peterman, Daisy Anne Little and Tommy Hudson Little, as well as his sister Katherine “Kitty” Meyer and brother, Charles “Charlie” Peterman. Brothers George Peterman and Richard “Dick” Peterman predeceased him.

Bud and Catherine loved their active life with long time friends in Spring Hill, FL for many years, some of those friends from many, many years prior, enjoying golf, tennis, trips and poker nights. Those friendships are among the greatest memories he treasured.

Since 2020, Bud lived at Merrywood at Park in Charlotte where he made great new friends: he had his breakfast crew, his poker buddies, his fellow veterans and his many Cheers buddies.

Bud Peterman will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cargain Funeral Homes Inc., 418 Route 6(GPS 418 US-6), Mahopac, N.Y.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate William’s life will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023 at St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY.

Following the Mass, William, will be escorted to his final resting place and interred alongside his beloved wife, Catherine (2008), at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, NY. A U.S. Navy Military Honors ceremony will be held graveside.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in memory of William to the American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/).