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William Lee Peters

December 22, 1947December 30, 2020

William Lee Peters was born on December 22, 1947 and passed away on December 30, 2020 and is under the care of Demaine Funeral Home.

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Michael McGee

January 31, 2021

I was Bill's colleague at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington for 13 years, and I found him to be a highly intelligent, deeply compassionate, genuinely spiritual, outrageously irreverent man. Bill loved our church, Buddhism, and Chautauqua Institution, as well as gardening, wine, books, and good friends. He was a good friend who I will miss very much.

Cris Mayo

January 20, 2021

My deepest condolences to Bill's family and friends and to other organizations his work has supported. I met Bill when I started at WVU directing the LGBTQ+ Center. His generosity and care has sustained student workers and student support--and gotten students through their degrees. His kindness, interest, and energy will always be appreciated. One of my fondest memories of him was watching him march in the Homecoming Parade the year he won Outstanding Alumni. To see him smiling away in his rainbow suspenders, holding rainbow balloons, marching down High Street enjoying the cheering crowd: just absolutely wonderful. I appreciate, too, just how much hard work it took for him to be able to give back to a place that, way back when, did not show its best self to him--and appreciate even more the kind of hope that motivated him to help us all be better. He has always been willing to pitch in when LGBTQ+ students lose the support of their family--I can't even express how much that has meant to individual students and to the rest of us, too.

Fred Freme

January 18, 2021

I met Bill at DC Sports bowling league. We drifted apart and then reconnected 10 years ago at Encore Learning's class on Shakespeare plays. He was always a delight to be around and had a wonderful, if not a little bent, sense of humor. I will miss him and his dinner parties.

Beth Rager

January 17, 2021

I was on the Board of Trustees that hired Bill as our first church administrator. He was superb at his job and he became a good friend along the way. You can see from the pictures that he had a great smile. The world lost some of its spice when we lost Bill.

Jackie Kramer

January 17, 2021

I got to know Bill quite well when I was a volunteer in the UUCA office. We'd have lunch together every Wednesday, along with anyone else who wanted in. He was super-smart and wickedly funny.

Vince Greenwald

January 17, 2021

I first met Bill back in the early 1980's in the DC Sports Assoc. bowling league. Such a warm person, always with a smile for everyone.

Becky Forinash

January 17, 2021

Deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Bill. I have fond memories of Bill from growing up in the same neighborhood to walking home from school together, attending school and church activities. A very kind , caring and sharing individual.