Robert E. Peary – Ret. Chief WFD

September 4, 2020

Robert E. Peary – Ret. Chief WFD
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US Navy

WWII

Robert E. Peary – of Woburn, September 4th. Loving husband of Myrtle I. (Couture) Peary. Cherished father of Robert E. Peary Jr., his wife Barbara, Susan Haney, her husband David, David Peary, his wife Donna and James Peary. Devoted grandfather of Rachel Haney, the late Cheryl Haney Lombardo, her husband Frank, the late Jason Peary, and Rachel Joudrey, her husband Erik. Adored great-grandfather of Annmarie Haney, Mackenzie Lombardo and Ember Joudrey. Dear brother of the late Frederick Peary, Edward Peary, Josephine Sankus, Helen Nash, Lorraine O’Brien. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Robert E. “ Bob” Peary, Retired Chief of Woburn Fire Department,  passed away on Tuesday, September 4th, at the Edith Norse Veterans Hospital in Bedford, at ninety four years of age. The beloved husband of Myrtle (Couture), they had been married for sixty eight years.

 

Bob as he was known throughout his life, was born in Woburn, the son of the late Frederick and Josephine (O’Connor) Peary. Being one of six children, three sisters and two brothers, there was always a very strong bond throughout their lives.

 

Raised and educated here Bob was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1943.  Upon completion of High School, Bob entered the United States Navy, where he served proudly during World WarII, being discharged in July of 1945, from the USS John Hancock.

Upon returning home Bob and a few friends had attended one of the many Barn dances that were held in Billerica throughout the forties.  Well, he was introduced to a lovely young woman, Myrtle Couture.  That was the beginning of a life long journey together for over the next sixty eight years.

 

When they married in 1952 Bob was a “Call firefighter,” and this was the beginning of Bob’s dedicated service to the City of Woburn and the fire department, eventually retiring in 1982, as Chief.

 

He was the proud father of four children to whom he was dedicated.  They  all enjoyed Hampton Beach vacations for over twenty five years with all of the extended family members and had a ball!  Cookouts, swimming, casino’s, walks on the beach, they truly were adventures, each and every time!

 

He and Myrtle had a wonderful group of friends in addition to their families that they would also travel with.  Eastover was one of their destination that they had travelled to for many years, with ten other couples sharing some very memorable times together.  He and Myrtle had travelled throughout the years having visited New Zealand, Japan, throughout the United States, Canada and Hawaii.

 

Not one to be idle, Bob worked at Shannon Farms in the West Side helping them out, fixing boilers, window panes, and any other tasks at hand that needed attention. Bob did this for well over twenty years, and really enjoyed the relationship he had with them all.

Hunting and fishing with his brothers, cousins and friends was always a fall/winter gathering for the boys!

“Ginky” as he was lovingly referred to by his grandchildren, truly loved being a grandfather.  Time spent with them was always very valuable. Together in a group, or one on one made no difference, the more the merrier.  Bob’s kindness was pure and real.  He would befriend people he met, who had no family of their own and have them over for dinners, or holidays, spend time chatting or having a cup of coffee with those who may not have had someone to share a little time with them.  Bob was a gentle man who cared greatly for the needs of his family, friends and those who were not as fortunate.

 

Bob throughout his life was a member of the Woburn Lion’s Club, MA Rifle Assoc., and the Knights of Columbus. 

 

 In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by all his siblings and sadly two grandchildren Cheryl Haney Lombardo and Jason Peary.

 

Loving husband of Myrtle I. (Couture) Peary. Cherished father of Robert E. Peary Jr., his wife Barbara, Susan Haney, her husband David, David Peary, his wife Donna and James Peary. Devoted grandfather of Rachel Haney, the late Cheryl Haney Lombardo, her husband Frank, the late Jason Peary, and Rachel Joudrey, her husband Erik. Adored great-grandfather of Annmarie Haney, Mackenzie Lombardo and Ember Joudrey. Dear brother of the late Frederick Peary, Edward Peary, Josephine Sankus, Helen Nash, Lorraine O’Brien. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

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  1. Lois and Jerry Surette

    Dear Susan, Myrt, and family,

    We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We knew him as a warm gentleman. he will be so missed. May he rest in peace.

    Fondly Lois & Jerry Surette and family

  2. I have known Myrt and Bob since 1978 courtesy of their son Jim and the Boy Scouts. They have treated me always as a member of their family. It is difficult to think of one without the other. I have spent many a holiday and special occasion with the entire family. They were wonderful to my late father Steve who was also part of the Greatest Generation. Bob was a true gentleman who always did the best he could for everyone under any circumstances. They also welcomed my significant other John Silva as a family member for which I am forever grateful. Bob’s loss will be greatly felt by many for many years to come.

  3. Irene and Joe Simas

    Dear Myrtle, David, Jim, Bob, Susan and your families,

    We are sharing your loss.

    Sorry to hear Bob, one from the Greatest Generation, has passed on.
    After Serving Our Country in the Navy he continued to serve his Community.
    The Chief was a super guy and a great Lion! He will be missed by many.

    We thank him for his service.

    Peace be with you all in the tough days ahead.

  4. Dear Myrt and family,
    I am sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a great man and a good friend of our family. I always enjoyed visits with them. May he Rest In Peace!
    Grace (Boutwell) Morse
    The Villages, FL

  5. David, Donna, and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as your grieve this heartbreaking loss. May his memory be eternal and forever in the hearts of all of his loved ones. It was a pleasure meeting your dad on many occasions over the years. I will remember him fondly.
    Lots of ((warm hugs)) to you all.

    Love,
    Nikki G.

  6. Carl and June Restivo

    We met Bob and Myrt at New Horizons when our mother moved there. They were so friendly and welcoming. Bob moved downstairs to Hearthstone and our mother soon followed. Myrt always was willing to give us info and help with the transition. When Bob went to the VA, we were able to return the favor and give advice and guidance. Such a wonderful couple and family. RIP Bob

  7. Kathleen O’Shea

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Family
    The best neighbor you could possibly have
    You will be missed my dear friend
    Rest In Peace

  8. Thank you for being so kind to me throughout my life. From my first fire truck ride in the 1970’s to being a great neighbor for the 10 years I lived in the Glen. RIP Sir.

  9. Rip Mr. Peary❤️you and Mrs Peary were the kindest People and the Best Neighbor’s anyone could ever ask for❤️my Children Grew up with wonderful
    memories of Both of you and there Horses in your Back yard and all your help with them! My Prayers are with you and your wonderful Family❤️

  10. Myrtle and family,

    Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  11. Myrt & family
    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.I was always made welcome into the Peary family by Bob and all,and for that I am grateful.
    Sincerely, Ruth Nash

  12. Donna Peary Murphy

    Aunt Myrt, Rob, Susan, David and Jim,
    Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Bob will be dearly missed. When I think of him I will always remember walking up the boardwalk together with my boys at Hampton and Uncle Bob checking all the pay phones on the way. He would pull every change return and he was very often successful in getting change to come out. He always had a roll of quarters for my boys to use in the games. This memory always makes me smile.
    Love you all,
    Donna

  13. Please accept my sincere sympathy, Myrt and family. Bob was a wonderful and gentle man. It was a privilege to know him.

  14. Marcia Flaherty Smith

    Susan – so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please give my condolences to your Mom. My Mom always spoke so highly of both your parents and I know it’s a hard time as we just experienced Mom’s passing in May. May his memory be a blessing to your whole family.

  15. RIP my dear Uncle.❤️❤️🙏
    Auntie Myrt, Rob, Susan, David and Jimmy sending my love.❤️❤️

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