Waltham – Mr. Frank T. Peace, Sr. died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in his Waltham home surrounded by his loving family. He was 76.
He was born and raised in Waltham, a son of the late Frank and Genevieve (Costello) Peace and was a graduate of Waltham High School.
Shortly after their marriage Frank and his wife Karen moved to Newton Centre where they raised their family and where Frank lived before returning to his native Waltham three years ago. Until his retirement he worked as the production control manager for the Parker-Hannifin Company. He'd started there almost forty years earlier when it was known as Waltham's W.H. Nichols Company.
In April, 1986, Frank's wife and the love of his life, Karen, died following a five year battle with cancer. Widowed at the age of 41, Frank poured his heart and soul and life into being the best father he could for his four kids. And he did it well.
Filled with love, determination and a fair amount of trepidation Frank did his best to be both mom and dad at home and a steadfast provider at work.
After he retired from Parker-Hannifin he worked as the sexton at First Parish in Brookline where his affable nature earned him many friends.
Throughout his life Frank found great peace, light, joy and refreshment being outside . . . as a hunter, fisherman, bird watcher, gardener and maple sugar producer. Trips to York, Maine were always welcome respites and locally he became an expert 'eagle watcher' at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham. His passion for photography earned him many accolades for his skill at capturing beautiful moments in nature.
The husband of the late Karen E. (Aiken) Peace, he leaves his children, Karen E. Cernadas (Alejandro) of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Frank T. Peace, Jr. of Marlborough, Jennifer L. Peace Santos (Florisvaldo) of Hampton Bays, New York and Thomas M. Peace of Allston; his grandchildren, Samantha Karen Peace, Daniel Francis Peace, Arianna Logan Peace, Thomas Joseph Brooks, and Kali Candace Brooks; his brother, William E. Peace of South Dennis; his longtime companion, Elsa Lichman and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Frank was also a brother of the late David W. Peace.
Family and friends will honor and remember Frank's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, July 12th, from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady's Parish, 920-R Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or online at www.olca.org