Mr. Fredrick D. Peters

  • Born: January 22, 1923
  • Died: May 18, 2018
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fredrick D. Peters of Reading, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 18, 2018 at age 95.

Fredrick is the beloved husband of the late Alice (Moore) Peters. He is the devoted father of Patti and her husband Vito, Kenny and his wife Stacey, Stephen, Brad and his wife Kuk Kai. The cherished grandfather of Sarah, Jessica, Shannon, Amanda, Nathaniel, Timmy, Stephanie, Zachary and Danny, Fredrick is the loving great grandfather of 7. He is the dear brother of Dan, Gertrude and Leona. Fredrick is the son of the late Fredrick Peters and Elvira (Tharp) Peters. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A native of Oklahoma, Fred Peters attended art schools in Oklahoma and Minnesota. He was drawn into illustration as a young boy, sketching some of his favorite cartoon strips, such as Prince Valient, Flash Gordon and Batman. He would buy stacks of what he called "big-little books," detailing the superhero's adventures. Commenting on his time as a student, Peters said he was "probably more interested in sketching than doing homework" when he was in school.

In his mid-20's, after trekking out to California looking for work, he met with Disney Studios, armed with illustrations and landed a job on the spot. Remembering his time at The Disney Studio, he commented that "it was one of the best places" he had ever worked. Over the years he spent at Disney in the 1940s, he helped animate more than a hundred Pluto shorts. Even though Mickey Mouse's dog, Pluto was what he spent 90 percent of his time on, he also contributed to Jiminy Cricket, Bambi and special effects, such as illustrating water cascading down a fall, or putting finishing touches to other films. Whenever the animators weren't occupied drawing, Disney himself encouraged the employees to indulge in a game of ping pong, baseball or a walk around the studio. "There was always lots to do, and he wanted everyone to call him Walt" Peters had said. More than 60 years have passed since he sat in the Disney Studio in Burbank, CA, but in a couple of swift strokes the 95-year-old can still piece together a picture-perfect Pluto.

Peters left Burbank to run his own studio in New York with a friend. However, the plan didn't pan out, and instead he ended doing comic strips, animated television commercials and color slides. Eventually working for "MAD" comics. After some time in NY, he headed towards Boston, where he settled down with his wife Alice and their four children, Steve, Patti, Brad and Kenny. Fred ended up landing a job at the Boston Globe, where he remained for the next for 32 years, illustrating the Word Wizard and Electric Company comic strips. During his time at the Globe, he also dabbled in freelance commercial art, illustrating ads and brochures for companies.

After retirement from the Globe, he became a member of several art associations throughout MA, NH and FL, including a charter member of The Reading Art Association. His work was, and still is, represented in numerous states throughout the country, even as far away as Canada. Many of his talents have received awards and accolades throughout the years. During his years of retirement, he conducted classes in FL, NH and MA, for many students wanting to learn the wonderful world of watercolor painting.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with his Family on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4-8pm in the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Fred sounds like quite a talented man ! Sorry for his loss to many .

Posted by martha merrill - winchester, MA - Acquaintance   May 27, 2018

We will miss Fred greatly church-he was so kind to the children who attended even sharing his talents in one of our Bible classes for the kids. My daughter and I enjoyed visiting him at his home and seeing his amazing work in his studio. We were fortunate to have known such a kind and sharing, wonderful Christian man.

Posted by Kimberly Garner Parker - Waltham, MA - Friend   May 22, 2018

To Patti, Steven, Brad & Ken. your dad was a true "gentle man" and will be missed. I will always remember his pipe.

Posted by Bob Cusato - Tewksbury, MA - Family Friend   May 21, 2018

Steve, Patti, Brad, Ken and all of Fred's family, I would like to offer my condolences and sympathy . Having known Ken for 50 years, obviously I knew your dad. I will always remember him landscaping around the house, his pipe, his paintings on the walls of the house, playing canasta with Fred and Alice. My favorite painting is of the Reading train station and the caricature of Ken when he graduated from high school. Rest in Peace.

Posted by David Fotino - Raymond, NH   May 21, 2018

Posted by David Fotino - Raymond, NH   May 21, 2018

Very sorry to hear of Fred's passing and want to extend my condolences to his family. I am a collector of the kind of comic books that Fred worked in during the 1950s, and I publish a magazine about the writers, editors, artists and publishers of EC comics. If possible, I would very much like to get in touch with any of Fred's relations to further my research of his life and career for a feature I'd like to run on him in my publication. Please get in touch. Thanks very much. Roger Hill, email:

Posted by Roger Hill - wichita, KS - Friend   May 20, 2018

My dearest friend I am so sorry for your loss.
If there is anything you need please let me know. Love Nancy

Posted by Nancy Booth - Osterville, MA - Friend   May 20, 2018

I love you Papa. You were my inspiration and the one who led me on my path to a career in the arts... For that, I will always cherish. I will miss seeing you every Friday taking a walk around Market Basket, as I went food shopping. Your wisdom, your art advice, your pipe, your beard, your Edgeworth... I will miss it all and most of all, miss you. Your life was formidable. You accomplished more in a lifetime that most would only dream about. I am so honored to have had you in my life. I love you Papa. May you be at rest with Gramma now.

Posted by Shannon Cail - Family   May 20, 2018


Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever. Although no words can help to ease the loss, just know that Fred is very close in every thought and prayer. With our deepest heartfelt sympathies.... The Varano and Guarino families

Posted by Tina Guarino - Nashua, NH - Family   May 20, 2018

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