DeWitt Peterkin III, 70, Former Darien Resident, Loved Horses and Horse Racing, Travel

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DeWitt Peterkin, III, formerly of Darien, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 peacefully at his home in Dover, Delaware.

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DeWitt Peterkin III, 70, died Jan. 30. A Darien funeral is being arranged.

Born Jan. 14, 1950, he lived to the age of 70.

He had the resilience and fighting spirit to survive a life of ill health, but, in the end, the strength of his heart finally gave out.

Witt was known for his unusual sense of humor, his offbeat character, his unquenchable wanderlust (“Where in the world is Waldo, I mean Witt?”) and his love of horses — a love inherited from his mother’s family.

He was predeceased by his mother, Katharine U. Peterkin, his father DeWitt Peterkin, Jr., and his brother, Christopher Peterkin, all of Darien.

He is survived by his sisters Clare and Kate, his brothers George and Patrick, an extended family of cousins, nieces, a nephew, a grand-nephew and a grand-niece as well as an assortment of friends and acquaintances he’d gathered along his way.

He’ll be missed by the latter at his favorite stomping grounds of Belmont, Hialeah, Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Santa Anita, and other similarly exciting places.

Arrangements for services and burial in Darien are still pending.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in memory of Witt and/or simply say a prayer of “Godspeed, Witt.”

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