MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sydney C. Peck, 91, of Manchester, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Home.

He was born April 3, 1918, in Newton, Mass., a son of the late Howard W. and Tamson (Chase) Peck. He was married to Audrey S. Peck, who preceded him in death in 2006.

Sydney attended school in Watertown, Mass., and served in the Navy. He was a veteran of World War II.

In 1983, he retired from Western Electric with more than 25 years of service as a tool and die maker. He had lived in North Reading, Mass., and Wakefield, Mass., for 47 years before moving to New Hampshire to spend his retirement years.

Sydney was a long-standing member of First Baptist Church, Wakefield, and Calvary Bible Church, Derry. Overall, he was a family man who loved travel and camping. He had been a scoutmaster, member of the YMCA, furniture and cabinetmaker, an avid gardener and he liked to help people, when he wasn't reading books about the military, politics and religion.

He is survived by four children, Joan T. Peet and her husband, Andrew, of Scarborough, Maine, Judy A. Johnson and her husband, Richard, of Manchester, David S. Peck and his wife, Jeri, of Eatonville, Wash., and Gregory A. Melanson and his wife, Kathleen, of Wakefield; four grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Stephanie, Karin, Karaline and Mishelle; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Villa Crest and Amedisys Hospice Service for the care given to their dad.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, followed by the funeral at 11, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St. at Harrison Street, Manchester, with the Rev. Dan Courter officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow in New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Route 3, Boscawen, N.H.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Home, 1275 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03104, or Amedisys Hospice Service, 1 E. Commons Drive, Unit 31, Londonderry, NH 03053.

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