Richard Walter Peckitt.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Cora Savin Peckitt; his sister, Constance and brother-in-law Melbourne Young of Rockbridge Baths, VA; and his sisters-in-law: Barclay Slade of Los Gatos, CA, and Dorothy Savin of Vienna, VA. He is also survived by his son, Fred Peckitt and daughter-in-law Karen of Wildwood, MO., their children Alina Amato and her husband Devin, Amy Rees and her husband Dale; a son, Eric Peckitt, his son Guy Peckitt and wife Debbie Peckitt of Worcester, MA; and his daughter, Susan Peckitt and her sons Charles and Steven Kaneb of Worcester, MA. He is survived by three great-grandchildren: Ava Amato, Nicholas Amato, and Sydney Rees.
Wally grew up in Simsbury, CT, and graduated from Simsbury High School in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps as a navigator and bombardier in World War Two. After the war, he attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, where he met and married Cora. They settled in Simsbury, where he worked as a C.P.A. becoming a partner of Knust, Everett, and Cambria and then Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell. In 1970, he became the managing partner of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, in Worcester, MA. He retired and moved from Paxton, MA, to Foxfire Village, NC in 1983.
Wally's working life began in the tobacco fields of Connecticut. He worked as a machinist before becoming an accountant. He served on the finance committees of Simsbury, Paxton, and Foxfire Village, and as treasurer and mayor pro tem of Foxfire. He was a Shriner, a member of the Worcester Rotary Club, a 52 year Freemason and past Grand Master of St. Marks Lodge in Simsbury. An avid golfer, he was a member of Hopmeadow Country Club in Simsbury, the Worcester Country Club, and Foxfire Country Club, shooting a hole in one at each course. Those who still owe Wally two dollars, please see the minister at the rear of the chapel. Wally was also a skilled stonemason, building beautiful and lasting rock walls on each of his properties. Wally was known and loved for his absolute probity, his acerbic wit, his rigorous standards, his loyalty, his generosity and great kindness.
A memorial service will be held at McDonalds Chapel Presbyterian Church on Foxfire Road at 2p.m., Friday, November 20, 2009 with the Rev. David Hicks officiating.
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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.