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“We are so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He requested that we call him Pete! John and I know Pete through Wesley College and our travels with him...Read More »
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“Sorry for your loss. Mr Peterkin was a gentile and interesting man. It was pleasure knowing him. ”
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DeWitt Peterkin, III, known by his nickname "Witt", formerly of Darien, CT, died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 peacefully at his home in Dover, Delaware. He had the resilience and fighting spirit to survive a life of ill health, but, in the end, the strength of his heart finally gave out.

Witt was known for his unusual sense of humor, his offbeat character, his unquenchable wanderlust ("where in the world is Waldo, I mean Witt?") and his love of horses -- a love inherited from his mother's family.

He was predeceased by his mother, Katharine U. Peterkin, his father DeWitt Peterkin, Jr & his brother Christopher Peterkin, all of Darien, CT.

He is survived by his sisters Clare and Kate, his brothers George and Patrick, an extended family of cousins, nieces, a nephew, a grand-nephew and a grand-niece, and an assortment of friends and acquaintances he'd gathered along his way. He'll be missed by the latter at his favorite stomping grounds of Belmont, Hialeah, Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Santa Anita, and other similarly exciting places.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, Darien, CT, www.lawrencefuneralhome.com, handled the arrangements. Services have been postponed indefinitely.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in memory of Witt and/or simply say a prayer of "Godspeed, Witt".