MOUNT DESERT and Orono
George F. Peckham Jr., 91, formerly of Mount Desert, died on Aug. 19, 2019, at Dirigo Pines in Orono surrounded by loved ones and caregivers.
George was born on MDI Sept. 1, 1927, to G. Frazier Peckham and Evelyn (Leighton) Peckham. He attended local schools graduating from Gilman High, Northeast Harbor as valedictorian in his Class of 1945. He enrolled at the University of Maine, but after one semester he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He returned to the university to complete his education and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree (BSME with Distinction). George was a member of Tau Beta Pi. Prior to completing his last semester, he married Marion Louise Schurman. They had two children, Jeffrey Alan and Stephanie Lee (Peckham) Goodwin, and two granddaughters, Chelsea Marie Mooney and Kayla Jane Mooney.
His professional career started with General Electric Co. working in Lynn, Mass., Burlington, Vt., and Schenectady, N.Y., which spanned seven years. The urge to return to his home state brought him to Great Northern in Millinocket for 17 years. He purchased and managed a building and painting business in Seal Harbor for 10 years prior to retirement.
George had many hobbies: sailboat racing, fishing, deer and bird hunting, wood working, gardening and making maple syrup. He enjoyed camp life with his friends, Fred Eaton, Ralph Keef and Peter Smallidge. He was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Northeast Harbor, where he served as vestryman, junior and senior warden, and on the church board. George served on the school board of Mount Desert as well as the Board of Selectmen.
George resided at Dirigo Pines with Marion the last two and a half years, where he enjoyed playing bridge with his partner Thomas Needham. A special thank you to all at Dirigo Pines for making his stay so enjoyable.
George is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marion Schurman Peckham, his daughter Stephanie Peckham Goodwin and her husband, Brent I. Goodwin, granddaughters Chelsea Marie Mooney and Kayla Jane Mooney; cousins Charlotte Hamor Whitney and husband, Kenneth, Clarence Peckham and wife, Brenda, David Peckham and wife, Yvonne, and Richard Soper; sisters-in-law Mary Gilly, Jean Fernald and husband, Robert B. Fernald, Sheila Smallidge, Elizabeth Schurman and Dorothy Graves.
George was predeceased by infant son Jeffrey Alan and his parents, G. Frazier and Evelyn Peckham, brothers-in-law W.P Schurman and wife, Jean, Richard C. Schurman, Lawris E. Graves, John H. Graves, Thomas N. Graves, L. Wayne Gilley, Peter W. Smallidge and cousins Harlene P. Soper, Gloria Leighton Watson, Foster Herbert Leighton, Jean Leighton Tucker and Mary Christine Leighton.
A memorial for George will be held 11 a.m., Sept. 7, 2019, at St. Mary and St. Jude’s Parish Center, 5 Kimball Road, Northeast Harbor.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Box 105, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662,
American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Suite 214, Overland Park, KS 66202 or an organization of your choice.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.