Peter Saman Obituary

March 13, 2013

in News

Celebrations of life fully lived and appreciated will be held in Connecticut and Vermont for Peter S. Saman of Woodstock, who passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 21 after a short bout with cancer. His ashes will be placed at the family plot in West Cemetery in Bristol.
Born in Bristol, Conn. on July 22, 1943, Peter was the son of the late Andrew and Leila (Gaylord) Saman.
He was a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School and Goddard College in Plainfield, where he earned an M.A. in Rural Planning. In Plainfield, he worked Praxis Farm (harmony between thoughts and actions) creating art, engaging in dairy farming, hydroponic farming and in various entrepreneurial activities, including resurrecting to viability the second-oldest general store in New England. In 1988, he moved to Woodstock where he continued to develop art, engage in real estate and antiques, operating Praxis Antiques.
Peter participated in the local planning process in both Plainfield and Woodstock. He enjoyed genealogy, researching his ancestry, which is replete with members who contributed enduringly, perseveringly and notably, in their own times and beyond to theological, educational, political, military and governmental arenas over the last 1,500 plus years in both North America and in Europe.
Peter is survived by 19 cousins, their descendants and many friends from Vermont and Connecticut.
He was predeceased by his sister, Marcia.
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This obituary first appeared in the March 14, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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Bernice Lee November 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Peter was a person I always looked up when we were at Goddard College. I will always remember his presence: solid and friendly. He and his good friend, Eric (now Ian) Jarvis were instrumental in my love for vehicles. I’ve thought of Peter in the past 40 years. He was a wonderful childhood friend.

Steven Thomas March 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing! What a shock. Although I didn’t know him well, he always offered a cheery hello and we would chat when we saw each other. A kind and gentle man. I will miss him.

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