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James R Peabody

November 25, 1948 ~ June 13, 2021 (age 72)


James Peabody

November 25,1948 - June 13, 2021

James Peabody, 72, of Bradford, VT passed away in a swimming accident on June 13, 2021 in

Newbury, Vt. He was doing one of the things he loved most on a lovely Spring day in a little

town he loved.

Jim was born in Sellersville, PA, to Grace and Richard Peabody, who lived in Hilltown

Township, PA and later in Sugar Hill, NH. Jim always spoke fondly of living on “the farm” in

Hilltown. He graduated from Pennridge High School and lived, traveled and worked at various

jobs in PA, New England and Nova Scotia.

In 1976 he married Susan Ruesch and in 1977 they moved to New Hampshire after purchase

of Bristol’s local hardware store. Jim owned and operated Peabody’s Hardware Store in Central

Square of Bristol, NH for a decade or so. He loved the work and enjoyed the many friendships

of the local people there.

Jim was a kind and loving man who loved and enjoyed his family. He was passionate about

music, including Bob Dylan, folk and blue grass. He loved woodworking and had created some

fine Shaker-style pieces. Jim was a talented writer of poetry and letters, which he sent

frequently to everyone he knew. He was a passionate advocate for peace since adolescence,

and helped to protect the environment he loved so much. One of his favorite pastimes was

driving the back roads of Vermont and New Hampshire, finding special places that he would

return to visit. He loved the outdoors, the peace and beauty in nature.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Richard Peabody and Grace Coleman Peabody, and his

brothers George and Ned Peabody.

Jim is survived by his daughters Sara Peabody Beem of Bristol, NH and Jennifer Peabody

Dorsett of Lyman, NH, and his brother Tom Peabody of Millbrae, Calif. Jim also leaves behind

four wonderful grandchildren, Ayla, Elyse, Isaac, and Nathaniel. Jim will be missed very much.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Hale Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with Jim's care.

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