Brian Walter's Story
Brian Walter Peavey, Sr., age 74, longtime Merrimac resident, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H. He was the beloved husband of 54 years of Alberta (Taylor) Peavey.
One of three children of the late Walter and Elsie (Hill) Peavey, he was born in Gray, Maine and received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley University, graduating with honors. This led to a lifetime career as a self-employed accountant.
He dedicated his life to serving his community in numerous capacities. He was a member of the Merrimac Fire Department for 38 years, retiring as Chief in 2000. He was also a Special Police Officer with the Merrimac Police Department for 45 years. He had previously been a member of the North Windham, ME Fire Department and was a Lieutenant on the Newton, NH Fire Department.
In addition, he served the Town of Merrimac as a Constable, Light and Water Commissioner and Santa Parade Committee member.
He was a member of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, the 100 Club of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Police Association.
He was a member of the Board of Directors, Trustee and Vice President of the Merrimac Savings Bank, and business manager for the Pentucket Scholarship Foundation.
His love of music was also an important part of his life. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 302, the Merrimack Valley Concert Band, the Beverly Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus and performed for years in the Merrimac Minstrel Shows.
He gave his all throughout his life, and in spite of his numerous commitments, his family was his priority. He rarely missed a ballgame, concert or show that any of his children or grandchildren were involved with.
In addition to his wife, Alberta, of Merrimac, he leaves behind his children, Julia and her husband, Larry Fisher of Merrimac and their children, Taylor and Corey Fisher; Brenda and her husband, Lenny Jardine of Greenland, N.H. and their children, Patrick and Mary Jardine; and Brian W. Peavey, Jr. and wife, Kathleen of Merrimac and their children, Jacob, Justin and Aaron; his sister, Sandra Chute of Merrimac; his brother, Bruce Peavey of Raymond, Maine, along with many loving extended family members.
Visiting hours at Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac will be Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church Street, Merrimac, followed by burial In Locust Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hose Company No. 1 Scholarship Fund, 16 East Main Street, Merrimac, MA 01860 or to the Merrimack Valley Concert Band, C/O Cathy Gauthier, P.O. Box 76, Merrimac, MA 01860.
Published on  August 12, 2016