It was Mike Peters' vision and dedication to Hartford that left a mark on so many. That's why the weather didn't stop dozens of people from coming to pay their respects to the former mayor. Calling hours were held Wednesday at D'Esopo Funeral Home in Wethersfield.
"He really was just an original, original person, an original character, very honest, funny, and he really had a vision for Hartford," said Steven Colangelo of Hartford.
"Every time I talk about him it makes me smile, and I think that's the consensus. All of the stories that everybody has to say just bring a smile to your face. He made everybody feel comfortable. He was a mover. He knew how to get things done. He was just a fabulous person. We'll miss him," added Bsie Ness of Hartford.
Peters died Sunday after a battle with liver and kidney problems. His friends say he left behind a legacy. A family friend remembered the time she shared with him at his restaurant.
"Just a great guy, just hanging out at Mayor Mike's through the Obama runs and debates, just a real fun-loving guy," said Treda Collier of Hartford.
A colleague remembered another side to Peters: his enthusiasm to give back to anyone in need.
"Every time I called him to do one of my charitable events, where it would just be an emcee or an auctioneer, he was tremendous. He made everyone laugh and he certainly made everyone open up their wallets," said Pamela Churchill of Hartford.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church in Hartford. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.