Obituary: Peter Fraser Wilhelmsen – Portland Press Herald

Peter Fraser Wilhelmsen

NIANTIC, Connecticut – Peter Fraser Wilhelmsen, of Niantic, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at his home on November 15, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Peter was born in Portland on March 23, 1942 to Hans and Florence Wilhelmsen. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Deering High School. He enjoyed playing the piano, singing, and spending his summers in Thomas Pond, Maine. He joined the United States Air Force and was proud of his service on Guam during the Vietnam War. Peter was trained in computer science and worked in data processing for General Dynamics. Living in Niantic, Connecticut, he met Carol Ann Siwakoski, they fell in love and married in 1972. Peter was a wonderful dad to his stepson, Paul, and bestowed his love and appreciation on many interests . With his deep, low voice, he became involved in community theater. A great lover of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, he joined and participated in many local productions. Memorable roles included Dick Deadeye in ‘HMS Pinafore’, Poo-Bah in ‘The Mikado’, Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ and The Devil in ‘Damn Yankees’. In the 1990s, he founded PFW Systems, a computer consulting firm in Niantic, Conn. In retirement, he enjoyed church activities, the CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society, astronomy and aviation, all things English, gun collecting, and target shooting. Peter was a kind man with many interests, loved by his family, friends and house cats. He will be greatly missed by those who had the great pleasure of knowing him. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Carol “Kay” Wilhelmsen; and is survived by her stepson, Paul Sullivan. A memorial service will be held in his honor at 12 p.m. May 22 at Park Congregational Church, 283 Broadway in Norwich, Connecticut. For those who prefer to attend online, please use the following Zoom link to join the service: In lieu of flowers, please donate either to Park Congregational Church in Norwich, Connecticut or at the Connecticut Humane Society in Quaker Hill, Connecticut.

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