It was a blind date

By JOHN HOWELL
Posted 2/18/21

It was a blind date Harold "e;Pete"e; and Virginia Peterson will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Feb. 18. They met as college freshmen. He was a student Bryant College and she was attending Rhode Island College when mutual friends had them join them

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It was a blind date

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Harold “Pete” and Virginia Peterson will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Feb. 18. They met as college freshmen. He was a student Bryant College and she was attending Rhode Island College when mutual friends had them join them for a jazz concert on the East Side. That set off some sparks and Pete remembers Virginia’s father inquiring of her, “what’s that guy hanging around all the time.” They waited until they graduated and had jobs before tying the knot. As it turned out, the week before the wedding, Rhode Island was hit with a blizzard. Virginia was an English teacher at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School and Pete was at Raytheon where he worked for 36 years before retiring. With the blizzard forcing cancellations, Virginia feared the wedding would be postponed, but that didn’t happen. They were married at Asbury United Methodist Church on Feb. 18, 1961. Virginia had a 30-year teaching career in Warwick schools before retiring from Aldrich Junior High. They are the parents of three children: twins Stephen and Paul and a daughter, Pamela. They have one grandson, Jeffery. They went to Florida for their honeymoon and to Las Vegas for their 50th anniversary. They don’t won’t be traveling anywhere for the 60th but expect to celebrate with family.

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