HEUVELTON Funeral services for Benjamin J. Peck, age 78 of Union Street in Heuvelton, will be held on Thursday (April 12, 2012) at 11:00am at St. Johns Episcopal Church with Rev. Robert Longbottom and Rev. Paul Dettmer co-officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday (April 11, 2012) from 4:00-8:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Peck passed away peacefully Wednesday (April 4, 2012) at his home under the care of his daughter Judy, his sister Jane, niece Betsy, and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
Surviving is his daughter Judith Rachel Brandy & her fiancÚ Larry Sheppard; step-son Dr. Christopher F. Brandy & his fiancÚ Katherine Mastro of Canton, NY; step-daughter Barbara Anne Kempe & her husband Tim of Youngstown, OH; a brother Edmund Bud Peck of Syracuse, NY; sisters Hilda Jane Barr & her husband Dan of Ogdensburg, NY; Alice Betsy Slater of Tully, NY; step-grandchildren Dr. John Brandy & his wife Dr. Kiri Brandy of Ogdensburg, NY; Brian Brandy & his companion Ashley Ennis of CO, Kate (Brandy) Hebert & her husband Beau of Detroit, MI, Matthew Kempe & his fiancÚ Michelle Meadows of Pine Hurst, NC, Ashley Kempe & her companion Brendan Boyle of Youngstown, OH; six grand-cats (Will, Bart, Buddy, Lydia, Clara and Abigail) and many nieces, nephews & cousins.
Ben was born on January 18, 1934 in Ogdensburg, NY a son of the late Edmund & Ruth (Wilson) Peck. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy and continued his education at the Albany College of Pharmacy where he became certified as a Pharmacist. He married Barbara Hamilton on March 30, 1970 in Ogdensburg, NY. She predeceased him in 1989.
His career began as a quality control inspector for New York State pharmacies until transferring to retail, where he worked for many years as a pharmacist to include Simpsons Drug Store, Curtis F. Brandys Drug Store, Fays Drugs in Watertown & Ogdensburg, RiteAid in Gouverneur & Ogdensburg and Hepburn Hospital. He also worked part-time and finally full-time as a pharmacist at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, until his retirement on Dec 1, 2011.
Ben was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church. He was a sports enthusiast playing basketball, tennis, running, swimming, watching baseball and closely followed Syracuse basketball. He loved music and was an avid reader with an extensive book and cd collection. He also enjoyed his cottage on the St. Lawrence River and spending time at home with family including the cats.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, The Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department or the SPCA. Online condolences can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.