William Peck Jr., 82

Businessman, veteran

July 08, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

William Peck Jr., a retired owner of bond underwriting company and decorated World War II veteran, died of pulmonary fibrosis July 1 at his Towson home. He was 82.

Mr. Peck was born and raised in New Bedford, Mass. After graduating from high school in 1943, he enlisted in the Army.

While serving as a squad leader with Company A of the 376th Infantry Regiment of the 94th Division, Mr. Peck earned a Combat Infantryman's Badge, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After being discharged with the rank of sergeant, he entered Boston College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1950.

Mr. Peck was a bond underwriter in Los Angeles from 1950 until moving to Manchester, Conn., in 1967.

In 1977, he moved to Towson and established Peck & Associates, a bond underwriting business that he operated until selling it and retiring in 1994.

Mr. Peck was very active in the 94th Infantry Division Association and enjoyed attending reunions with his wartime comrades.

He also had been an avid collector of Lionel electric trains.

His wife of 25 years, the former Pauline Thiboutot, died in 1974.

He was a communicant of Towson's Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Southington, Conn.

Surviving are three sons, William R. Peck of New Hartford, Conn., Robert S. Peck of Newport Beach, Calif., and Christopher Peck of Belleview, Wash.; a daughter, Catherine A. Tamburro of Southington; a sister, Lily McQuade of Mattapoisett, Mass.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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