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William Peace

William Peace

October 1, 1932 - December 21, 2018
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ROCKPORT, ME – William F. Peace, 86, died Friday, December 21, 2018 with his family at the Sussman Hospice Home, after a battle with ALS.

Bill was born in Bristol, Connecticut, October 1, 1932 to Oliver and Alma Coombs Peace. A graduate of Plainville High School, he later attended Brown University where he served as president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, co-chairman of the Brown Community Fund, and was an active member of the Class Council and Brown Key. Following graduation in 1954, he served in the U.S. Army’s Special Agent Counter Intelligence Corps at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Bill began his career at Proctor & Gamble and later moved to the real estate field, where he worked for the majority of his professional career. During this period he served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors and was recognized by them as Realtor of the Year in 1983.

Residing in Simsbury, Connecticut for 35 years, Bill was active in the community. He served as Chairman of the Simsbury Cultural and Recreation Commission, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chairman of the Community Fund, Treasurer of the Summer Theater for Youth, member of the Building Committee for Reproduction of the Simsbury Meeting House and Chairman of the Simsbury Board of Tax Review. He was honored as town’s Citizen of the Year in 1973.

Following Bill’s retirement, he and his wife, Patti, moved to Rockport, Maine. There, he continued his volunteer work with the Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Aldermere Farm, Camden Food Pantry, Owl’s Head Transportation Museum and Friends of the Rockport Library.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Patricia Watters Peace; daughter Stacie and husband R. John Feely, III of Hingham, Massachusetts; son William Scott and wife Janet Peace of Oakton, Virginia; and granddaughters, Madison Feely, Taylor and Kenzie Peace. He leaves his sister Virginia Kurtz of Rutland, Vermont. His sister Phyllis Giedd predeceased him.

A celebration of his life will be held this June. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to either Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation-The Sussman House, at 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or Maine Health Care at Home - Charity Care, at 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco, ME 04072.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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Steve Bailey

Posted at 05:26pm
Patti & family...as you know, Bill and I worked together in management at Merrill Lynch Realty. At one point, we had 30 plus managers in Connecticut and all of us had moments where we lost control or acted irrationally...except for one manager...Bill Peace. He was always positive and brought a mature, reasoned analysis to every problem/issue. In my 30-years in real estate management, Bill represented the "best of the best." It was a privilege to work with him. It was an honor to have him for a friend. He represented what all of us wanted to be. Intelligent, calm, humble, fun and always with that magnetic smile. And Bill exhibited the utmost integrity with the highest possible standards and never compromised his values. He was the "rock" of our management team. He loved his Patti and his family. His was a life well lived. Steve Bailey

K. Henson

Posted at 10:38am
To the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and that God promises on day soon to wipe away the tears from our eyes by doing away with death, pain and sorrow forever. (Rev. 21:3,4)

ron howard

Posted at 04:26am
One of the kindest most sincere individuals I have ever known. He was a great friend of Aldermere Farm and was so revered by all of us that worked with him as he filled many important volunteer roles as our true Ambassador. My thoughts are with you Patty and family and I can't thank you enough for sharing Bill with us so often!

Ron Howard

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