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Russell F. Peck, Sr.

December 9, 1933 ~ April 29, 2018 (age 84)
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BRAINTREE & WEYMOUTH - Russell F. Peck, Sr. Esq., age 84, passed away at St. Francis of Assisi Church, in Braintree on Sunday April 29th, 2018.  He was born in Milton in 1933. He attended Thayer Academy graduating second in his class. Russell then attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical School where he majored in Mortuary Science and Funeral Directing. He received his Massachusetts state embalming and funeral directing license in 1954. He then served as a PFC, in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  After his military service he attended Boston University School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1960.He was admitted to the Mass Bar Association in 1961. He passed the Bar in the top 5%.  As a lawyer he worked tirelessly for the former Braintree Savings Bank as a Real Estate and Mortgage Attorney helping local families for thirty years. Russell was the attorney that was instrumental in securing the Federal Grant for the Union Towers, Elderly Housing in Weymouth, under the Nixon Administration, which Russell donated his time and his expertise, pro bono.  He has actively practiced law up to this very last weekend.  Russell also has run the family funeral business since the death of his father Mortimer Peck. He was the longest standing member of the Braintree Rotary Club, which he had been a member of since 1958.  He was recently honored with the Paul Harris Fellow award which is the highest Honor the Rotary Club can bestow. He won his perfect attendance award for Rotary, this past year. He was a former trustee of Emmanuel Church.  He was an active member of the Braintree Men’s Club.  He was a member of the Braintree Historic Society and so much enjoyed the historic Thayer houses and homes.  He was an honorary member of Delta Lodge of Masons in Braintree and the Odd Fellows Lodge of Weymouth.  He loved summering in Plymouth on Great Herring Pond with his wife, son and family.  He especially enjoyed the Plymouth Harbor Fourth of July celebrations with the fireworks.  He was the son of Mortimer N. Peck, who died in 1968, and his wife Julia E. (McLennan) Peck, who was a Far-East buyer for Whites Department Stores, who died in 1988.  He was the beloved husband of the late, Paula H. Peck, who was a school teacher in Woburn and who had worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Paula died in 2013. He is survived by his son, Russell F. Peck, Jr. Esq., and his wife Silvana.  He is also survived by a nephew, Roger Lamson and by a niece, Kimberly Scholz and many nieces and nephews.  Russell was the brother of the late Clifford Peck. Russell loved his cats Charlie and Tiger. As a Funeral Director Russ served the community for an amazing 60 continuous years of community service.  Visiting hours celebrating his life will be held from 2 to 8 PM on Friday May 4, 2018. A gathering at the Braintree Peck Funeral Home, will take place this Saturday May 5th at 8:00 A.M. to be followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street South Braintree Square at 9 A.M. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Paul Clifford.  A funeral procession will follow to the Mount Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy for burial, in the Peck Family Lot. Mr. Peck had a number of cats and dogs over the years and donations may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter Broad St, Quincy, MA 02169.  Update: His son, Russell F. Peck, Jr. and the former staff are continuing to run the business, in just the way that they always have according to the guidance and care of Russ Sr.  Mr. Peck's son, Russ Peck, Jr. is a graduate of Mount Ida College's NEI Funeral Mortuary Program as well as Bentley University Master of Business program and Suffolk University Law School.  He is both a practicing funeral director as well as a local attorney at law.

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