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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