Peter John Taxwood

January 10, 1962 ~ March 16, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old


Peter John Taxwood, age 61, died on March 16th, 2023 from heart failure at his home in Johnson, VT.

Peter was born on Jan. 10th, 1962 in Greenwich, Conn., the son of Ebba (née Mynttinen) and Vincent Taxwood.  He grew up in Ringwood, NJ, and graduated from Lakeland Regional High School. From there he moved to Vermont, studied meteorology at Lyndon State College then transferred to Johnson State College.

Peter worked for many years at the Trapp Family Lodge, and later at The Green Mountain Inn, both in Stowe, where he made life-long friends.

Peter had a great sense of humor, was very artistic, creative, adventurous, and curious.  He was ever the entertainer.  He loved to hike, and ski, both downhill and cross country. He was an amazing juggler and often combined skiing and juggling to the amusement of his friends and others. He was interested in puppetry, and becoming a professional clown.  He loved magic and one of his best tricks was making his friend’s lighters disappear.  Peter’s favorite holiday was Halloween and in the late 80’s he co-founded The Swamp View Pumpkin Fest & Haunted Woodswalk, where he was an active member for over 20 years.  There, he got to highlight his creative talents and sense of humor. Peter loved music, had an extensive record collection, and enjoyed going to concerts, especially the Grateful Dead and the B-52’s.  He also enjoyed the bells and whistles of going to the casinos, knew where all the good coffee shops were on the east coast, and the best places to eat.  When Peter was excited his blue eyes sparkled, and his laugh was infectious. Peter was very open, friendly, and inquisitive, making new friends wherever he went.

Peter was predeceased by his parents Ebba and Vincent.  He is survived by his brother Richard Taxwood, nephew Sam Taxwood, both of Utah, cousins Mary Anne Mynttinen and Barrie Pribyl both of ME., John (Rick) Mynttinen and Corie Fehsenfeld both of MA., numerous other cousins, his cat Kitty, and many, many friends who greatly love, and miss him!  

Arrangements are with des Groseillier’s Funeral Home in Hardwick, VT.  Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at

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