Mayor Mike Laid to Rest Today

Former Hartford Mayor Mike Peters will be laid to rest Thursday morning.

He died Sunday night at Hartford Hospital after a battle with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.

His funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 10 Campfield Ave. in Hartford.

Firefighters and police officers will honor the four-term mayor by lining up in front of the church. An American flag will hang from the top of the same tower ladder that gave Mayor Mike a ride on his last day of his term as mayor.

Less than three months ago Peters, 60, underwent a liver transplant due to damage from cirrhosis.
After the transplant, he left Hartford Hospital and was being cared for in a rehabilitation facility. Seven weeks later, Peters was back in intensive care and was reportedly having problems with his kidneys and needed dialysis.

Family friends said doctors were hoping Peters' condition would improve so he could have a kidney transplant. He died around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mayor Mike will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Peters was born in 1948 in Hartford, graduated from South Catholic High School, married and had three children with his wife Jeannette. 

Peters was first elected Mayor of Hartford in 1993 and served four until 2001. He created the Thomas Hooker Day Parade.

Prior to his election, Peters served as a Hartford firefighter for 22 years, Democratic Town Committee member and Redevelopment Agency member before he was elected mayor.

He was at the city's helm when it demolished several dilapidated public housing projects and launched a gang crackdown. Hartford also hosted the first debate between presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in 1996, the same year in which Peters was named one of Governing Magazine's top 10 public officials.

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