Ted PelusoTheodore  L. 'Ted' Peluso, retired CPA / photo courtesy Peluso family

Theodore L. "Ted" Peluso, 91, of Arlington, died peacefully before dawn Saturday, Feb. 10. During his retirement years, he was known locally for volunteering in school, community and civic life.

Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 12, 1933, he was the son of the late Dominick and Florence and younger brother to his two sisters, Teresa (Anthony) Digianni and Grace (Mel) Farris. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jane (Cummings). He is survived by his two children: Steven Peluso and his wife, Sharon, of New York City, and by Janet Peluso and her husband, Alex Hoffinger, of Arlington.Mr. Peluso is also survived by two grandsons, Benjamin and Jonathan Hoffinger, also of Arlington; and by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15, at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington. A funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 32 Medford St., Arlington. He will be buried alongside his wife at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Online expressions of sympathy can be shared here>> Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the American Cancer Society.

According to his daughter, Janet, Mr. Peluso was proud to have been the first in his family to attend college; he studied accounting and graduated from City College of New York. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years.

"Ted" spent his career as a certified public accountant for the accounting firm BDO Seidman; he eventually rose to become managing partner of the White Plains, N.Y., office.

Civic-minded and outgoing, he derived great satisfaction during his career and then in his retirement using his business experience and knowledge by serving on many not-for-profit boards and working on community activities, his family noted.

He moved to Arlington with his wife, Jane, in 2007, to be "the fun grandpa" to his two grandsons, enjoying many adventures and encouraging their many interests. He also continued his involvement in community initiatives, serving as an Arlington Town Meeting member, working with the Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee, volunteering to read with students at the Hardy Elementary School library and participating in the Bridges Together Intergenerational Program at the Dallin Elementary School. He was involved in many other town activities, most recently chairing the weekly Current Events Group at the Arlington Senior Center.

He loved to travel and earlier in his life shared many trips all over the world with Jane. "He will be remembered for his sense of humor and joke-telling, kindness and devotion to his family, and always trying to do the right thing by others," his daughter, Janet, said.

"He was a good friend of mine and a solid supporter of local online news," said Bob Sprague, founder of YourArlington. "I remember sitting outside Caffè Nero last summer, and he had so many ideas about how the site might raise money while reporting local news, I had trouble writing them all down."

The family says that it would like to thank Dr. Myfanwy Callahan of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates of Medford and Dr. Jason Beattie of Beth Israel Medical Center Pulmonology for their wonderful care and support. "Special thanks [should go] to Sharon Perryman of Hands and Hearts Hospice for guiding our family through the final days of Ted’s life with such kindness and compassion," his daughter said.

This article based on information from the family and Keefe Funeral Home was published Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.