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September 20, 2007

Obituaries for Sept. 20, 2007

George B. Peabody, 84

PLAISTOW, N.H. — George B. Peabody, 84, a lifelong resident of Plaistow, died peacefully Monday evening, Sept. 17, 2007 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Plaistow, Nov. 6, 1922, son of the late Warren and Gladys (Riley) Peabody, he attended the Pollard School and Haverhill High School.

Mr. Peabody left school at the age of 16 to aid his parents in the support of his seven brothers and sisters. He worked first at Merrimac Ice Co. as an ice pusher on a conveyor belt and was later promoted to driver of the delivery truck for the Haverhill area. He later was employed at the L.H.Hamel Leather Co. for several years.

At the time of his retirement in 1982, Mr. Peabody was the head custodian at the Pollard School where he had worked since 1952 and had also served as the school truant officer and school nurse for several years.

Mr. Peabody worked at landscaping for several years and was the owner and operator of the first commercial trash collection service in Plaistow and the owner and operator of Peabody Furniture Co.

A member of the Plaistow Fire Department from 1940 until 1972, he was elected to the position of fire chief in 1971 and 1972 and had also served as a part-time deputy police chief for the Town of Plaistow several years ago. He served as Deputy Forest Fire warden for the State of New Hampshire for 15 years, retiring in 1980 and was presently in his twelfth year of service on the Plaistow Municipal Budget Committee. He had previously been a member of the Town Hall Green Advisory Committee, the Plaistow Conservation Committee and also was active with the Plaistow Cemetery.

A longtime member of the Plaistow Firemen’s Association, he was granted life-membership in 1994, and was also a life-member of the Plaistow Fish and Game Club and an honorary member of the Plaistow Fish and Game Ladies Organization and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Plaistow.

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