Neal G. Peaco – Knox County Village Soup
NEW GLOUCESTER — Neal Gordon Peaco, 92, died on February 7, 2022 at the Lamp Memory Care Facility in Lisbon. His devoted wife, Cally, and son, Tom, were by his side.
Neal was born July 28, 1929 in Auburn to Merrill and Sybil (Brewer) Peaco. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Keith and Phyllis Peaco.
A longtime resident of New Gloucester, Neal was a wonderful family man and loving father. He married Beatrice Marston in New Gloucester on his 21st birthday – July 28, 1950. The couple made their home in Peacock Hill in New Gloucester and had three children together. Bea predeceased him on November 6, 1982. He married his current wife, Carolyn “Cally” (Bennett) Peaco, on May 29, 1992.
Neal graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1948. He then proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany for part of the time. Thereafter he had a long career as a sheet metal worker, working for the Hahnel Brothers Company in Lewiston and then for Pettingill & Ross in Portland and Westbrook.
As a teenager and young man, Neal enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and hunting. He played baseball for the New Gloucester City team, one of the team’s five Peaco cousins. His love of deer hunting began in New Gloucester, and he greatly enjoyed an annual trip to Moxie Lake Hunt Camp for over 50 years. He enjoyed golfing with his family and was a member of the Gray-New Gloucester Twilight League at Fairlawn Golf Course in Poland for 50 years. His hobbies also included fishing, horseshoes, whittling, dancing and cribbage.
He was actively involved in local government for much of his life. He has served on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, School Board SAD 15, Moderator of the New Gloucester Municipal Assembly, and was a volunteer firefighter and coach for the Little League team. He was a candidate for the Maine State Legislature in 1992. He was a former master of the New Gloucester Masonic Lodge and a former member of Sabbathday Lake Grange.
Neal is survived by his wife, Cally, of New Gloucester; his daughter, Cindy (Mike) Brakey, of New Gloucester; his son, Dan (Lindley) Peaco, of Portland; his son, Tom (Michelle) Peaco, of Rockland; and his ten grandchildren: Matt (Carolyn) Brakey of Novelty, Ohio, Sean (Vanessa) Brakey of San Francisco, California, Eric (Kaitlyn) Brakey of Auburn, Anna (Chadd) Cockrell of Brunswick, Captain James Peaco of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stephen (Destiny) Brakey of Tonawanda, NY, Zachary Peaco of Charlotte, NC, Evan Peaco of Hawthorne, CA, Joshua and Andrew Peaco of Rockland; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Cally’s children: Teri (Stefan) Karnopp of Intervale, NH, Dan (Lori) Wiley of Westbrook, as well as their children and grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service with military honors for Neal will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, followed by a gathering of family and friends at a location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neal’s memory to Maine Veterans Home c/o Activity Fund, 477 High Street, South Paris, Maine 04281 or to VAST, Veterans Adaptive Sports Training c/o Director, Kristina Sabasteanski, Pineland Farms Outdoor Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, Maine 04260, or to a charity of their choice. Arrangements from Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home, Lewiston.