Robert T. Peacock, 79, of Lake Placid, passed away peacefully on Nov. 14, 2023.
Born on Oct. 23, 1944, in Lake Placid, “Bob” or “Bobby” was the son of Robert J. and Leola (Taylor) Peacock.
His life was to be full of challenges.
Bobby excelled at sports in high school and the following is courtesy of Phil Beaney:
“Bobby was an excellent pitcher in high school. He had a good fastball and a knuckle curve that dropped straight down. When he was using that pitch, he was the best pitcher in the area. I traveled with Bob a lot as a kid as he played on my father’s town team. My father never had real good tires on his car so when we traveled, we would have a lot of flats. Bobby could change a flat tire quicker than anyone I ever knew. My father took him and a couple of other guys to a tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bobby was the best pitcher there. They told my father that had Bob been one year older they would have taken him into their minor league system. Bob was 15 and you had to be 16 to be drafted, which at the time we didn’t know. Bob was a great athlete. Excellent skier and ski jumper. Great baseball player and a good football player (#38). He played guard and was good at it.”
Bobby also excelled in partying and after attending Paul Smith’s College ended up in the Army, stationed in Korea, needing some new direction. Over the ensuing years he worked for his father at People’s Dairy.
Later, Bob lived in Connecticut and subsequently he and his first wife Janice moved to Lake Placid and started A Touch of Glass and Lake Placid Self Storage. Bob especially liked buying old stuff including items of local nostalgia. “Brothers Peacock” have been known to bid against each other at auctions. Over the years, additional businesses were added to the list and are in operation today with his wife MarieLine, whom he met at Lachute Flea Market, Quebec in 2003. Bob was on his bicycle scouring the market for antiques at 4:30 in the morning, and MarieLine had plenty of old stuff to sell in her trailer. That was the beginning of their 20 years together.
While he was able, Bob enjoyed playing golf, listening to country music, driving his old car in the summer, and going to garage sales. But his favorite pastime was talking to people at the glass shop.
Almost always cheerful even with his health issues, the last few years he was able to stay at home under the watchful eye of MarieLine and dedicated caregivers.
He is survived by his wife, MarieLine Desilets Peacock; siblings Gary (Jamie), Nancy and Greg; nieces and nephews Adam (Molly), Ashley (Steve), Whitney (Adam), and Kevin; as well as stepbrothers and sister Bill, Tom (Anne) and Charlie, and Connie Rascoe. The Canadian family includes Jean-Francois Desilets (France), Paul (Nina) and Normand (Sylvie).
Bob was predeceased by his parents; first wife Janice; and stepsister Patty Rascoe.
Bob was a man of courage who will be greatly missed by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery. Everyone is invited to the reception afterward at the Whiteface Club and Resort, 373 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid.
The M. B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.
Visit www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com to share a memory or leave condolences for the Peacock family to cherish.