GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

November 3, 2012

James Peck, 64


Rockport — James D. Peck passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

He was born on March 2, 1948 in Jacksonville, Fla., was an honors student as a youngster, and graduated summa cum laude from Salem State University. James traveled, with his brother Rob Peck, all over the country in a camper he designed and built himself. Wherever he went he made numerous friends and had many almost unbelievable stories to tell about his adventures.

Over the years, he worked an amazing variety of jobs including inventor, environmental impact researcher, human service counselor, substitute teacher, carpentry and construction worker, salesman, and chef. He was a “Renaissance Man” in the truest sense with his interests in art, music, poetry, spirituality, and philosophy.

James was proud of his heritage. The lineage of his mother, Marjorie (Masters) Peck, dated back to the first Spanish settlers in St. Augustine, Fla. and the lineage of his father, Roy Peck, goes back to early English settlers in Rehoboth. James also expressed great pride in his Cherokee ancestry.

James was devoted to his wife, Jane, and son, David both of whom will miss him tremendously. Everyone he knew will remember his smile and generosity of spirit.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Congregational Church with the Grace Center on the memo line or to the Ralph Zaslow Revocable Trust.