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Joseph W. Peck

September 3, 1941 — April 26, 2014




Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, with Reverend Raymond Pinard officiating.


Joseph W. Peck, age 72, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born on September 3, 1941 in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from Ball High School in 1960. During his teenage years Joe worked summer jobs on Galveston beaches. After graduation, he worked for J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home as an ambulance driver. Throughout his childhood, Joe always wanted to be a fireman and at age 21 he was a member of the first fire cadet class in the City of Galveston. He was a firefighter for the City of Galveston for 36 years. He spent the majority of his career as an Engineer of Fire Station #4. He retired in 1999, but the brotherhood never retired. He continued working with the Retired Firefighter’s Association and was an essential member of the original group to get the firefighter’s Children’s Parade up and running.

Joe enjoyed hunting with his deer camp buddies, working in his shop and traveling. Joe and his wife Cissie went on several cruises but particularly enjoyed their “On the Road Again” trips. Every trip was an adventure traveling through the majority of the United States and Canada, taking all the back roads just to see what was around the corner.

In their later years they enjoyed going to their lake house in the woods and just enjoying the peacefulness of nature and making new-found friends along the way. Although Joe was a quiet man and didn’t express himself much, he held his friendships near and dear in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph W. Peck; his adopted dad David Ahern; and mother Jewell Ahern.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate of 33 years Mary (Cissie) Peck; his most beloved daughter Deanne Harmon and husband Cecil, and daughter Kimberly Larsen and husband Larry; brother Terry Ahern and wife Judy; and sister Susie Knust and husband Johnny.

“Paw Paw Firetruck” leaves behind three grandsons: Thomas, John and Spenser; his “Lil Darling” granddaughter Elizabeth; and 6 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his twin nephews and several cousins; and his special four legged love, Missy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch and Girlstown, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174 or the charity of one’s choice.