William Y. Peacock, a long-time resident of William St., in Old Forge passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016, after a short illness.
He was a remarkable man with a good sense of humor. “Willie” was fortunate to be able to be independent and live in his own home until a few weeks before his death.
At 93, he was still cooking, cleaning and mowing the lawn (and his neighbor’s lawn, too!) for himself.
William was born in Utica, on May 13, 1922, the son of Ralph G. and Reba Williams Peacock. At the age of 5, he moved to Old Forge, receiving his education at Town of Webb School.
During World War II, Mr. Peacock served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in the United States, first in the 13th Coast Artillery and then field and armored field artillery.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Old Forge, where he was employed for thirty years as an auto mechanic at Appleton Garage of Old Forge.
After that from 1976 until he retired in 1986, he was employed for the Town of Webb Highway Department of Old Forge.
On October 10, 1946, in Old Forge, William was united in marriage with Shirley E. Ball.
Rev. Frank A. Reed officiated. Shirley passed away on November 9, 2014.
Mr. Peacock was a life member of Old Forge Fire Department and for many years he was a very dedicated ambulance driver for the department. He was also a member and Past Commander of Covey Pashley American Legion Post #893 of Old Forge, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He leaves three nephews, Chris (Sharon) Pashley, Mike (Beth) Pashley and Matthew Ball; three great nephews, and six great great nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Riverview Cemetery, Old Forge, in the spring. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St., Boonville.
For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com.