Eric Arnold Peterson, a 43 year resident of Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed away tragically on Friday March 8, 2019, he was 73.
Born in Euclid, Ohio, he is the son of the late Arnold and Mary Peterson. He is the beloved husband of over 50 years to Moria L. Peterson and loving father of Shane Peterson and the late Josh Peterson. Brother of Karen Evans and Randall Peterson. Also surviving are his two dear grandchildren, Walker and Finley.
Graduating from Ohio University, Mr. Peterson went on to secure his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was the Assistant to Majority Leader Earl W. Brydges in the New York State Senate, where he later clerked.
Mr. Peterson co-founded Peterson Bernard, Attorneys at Law in 1981 and managed the firm's West Palm Beach office. The firm specializes in litigation, especially insurance defense. Some of his accomplishments within the legal community included, being recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys "10 BEST ATTORNEYS" for exceptional and outstanding client service for many years to include as recently as 2016-2017. Eric was loved and well respected by all within the legal community. He was interviewed and was on a number of national television news magazine shows over the years such as 20/20, Inside Edition and Direct Television.
As referenced in the firm's brochure, he was on the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, and has done so for many years. He made many generous donations to organizations such as The Special Olympics, God's Little Acres, and Animal Rescue Organizations, Wounded Warriors Project and a longtime member and supporter for the Florida Powerboat Club.
He never hesitated to help anyone in need. He was generous, kind and was loved by all who knew him.
Private Memorial Services are currently being planned.
If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Mr. Peterson to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to any organization in support of our Nation's Veterans.
Online condolences may be made at: www.HorizonFuneralCremation.com
Mike & Linda Trent, Dallas, Ga. 4/20
Dear Moria, Shane, Finley, and Walker,
We just learned of your tragic loss of Eric and our hearts ache
for your loss. Eric was a great husband, father and grand pa.
We were blessed to know him. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. May Jesus heal your pain.
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Moria and Shane
I Donna R. Woods send condolences to Eric’s family.
I have known Eric since my inception of my career as an
Insurance adjuster in 1983.
Eric will be missed. Eric will be remembered in our hearts.
I worked for Len Bernard, and Eric was on our floor at Carey Dwyer in Ft. Lauderdale. He was a helpful, caring and kind man, and he obviously enjoyed every moment of life. I remember that he always had a smile. He was clearly an outstanding attorney. Saying prayers for his family, friends and colleagues. May the Peace of Christ bring you comfort during this difficult, sad season of life. This tragedy reminds all of us to be thankful for each day.
My heart is heavy,yet I know we will all be together again.god bless.God bless.Nathan
A Great Fun-Loving Man
I knew Eric for over 33 years--I spent 2 terms at Peterson Bernard. He was a force of nature and one of the most dynamic people I have ever met. As a young attorney, I learned a great deal from him about the real world practice of law. We shared a birthday, and I always heard from him on October 4. His passing leaves a void in our local legal community.
Eric was a delight to be associated with during the Blockbuster days. He was a kind, caring person who enriched the lives of those who came to know him. Our heartfelt condolences to Moira and Shane.
Wanda and I were greatly saddened to hear of Eric's untimely death. We remember him as a generous and upbeat gentleman who was full of life. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Moria. We so enjoyed hearing about their elopement more than 50 years ago.
I worked for the firm of Peterson & Bernard as a temporary, fill-in assistant/secretary for many years. It was always one of my favorite places to work. I met Mr. Peterson several times over the years and he always treated me cordially and with respect. I cannot sufficiently express my sadness of his loss. To his family and his family at Peterson Bernard my deep condolences.
You left us too soon dear brother-in-law. You were a wonderful husband to my sister and I know life won’t be the same without you. I’ll remember your laugh which was always contagious, and the good man everyone knew.
May you be joined now with Josh and you both are laughing your way together in heaven.
You left me too soon buddy but I am left with some wonderful memories. I know the dynamics of Heaven are dramatically different now that you are there.
R.I.P. buddy. I’ll see you again someday.P.S. I hope they don’t let you drive up there. Lol. Randy Bob
To Eric's immediate family and all the attorneys and staff at Peterson Bernard, So sorry for your loss. Eric reached into the lives of so many and enriched us all with his spirit for life, his kind-hearted friendship, and his highly ethical approach to business and the legal profession. He was simply a wonderful human being and we will miss him dearly.
Caught this photo of Eric cruising along the ICW in his Scarab first weekend of March...after he had just hosted a Florida Powerboat Club afternoon BBQ party at his Key Largo home the weekend earlier. I can't find to words to express this loss for all of us.. Such an energetic, spirited and friendly person...he was a role model for so many of us including myself! So sad to see you leave us Eric, We will miss you dearly!
As your next door neighbor for 17 years, were were like Brothers. You were a tower among men and treated everyone as your new best friend. Your enthusiasm for life and generosity will be missed by all those who knew you. My family is just devastated. Rest in peace my friend.
Eric and I sat next to each other at a luncheon a few years ago. Although I frequently dealt with other members of his firm before retiring from insurance claims, that was my only contact with Eric. It was a memorable lunch-I found him utterly charming.
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