William Burgess Peck
William (Bill) Burgess Peck died of heart failure on March 19, 2021, at the age of 76, not surrounded by loved ones because COVID sucks.
Born August 18, 1944 to Aileen Hughes Peck and Howard B. Peck in Sacramento, CA. He was preceded in birth by his brother Tom, whom Bill would describe as always trying to order him around, but Tom would say, "Balderdash!" to that accusation. The brothers' relationship though not overly close, was held together by their similar quick wit and humor that was hard for most people to follow but almost always brought a smile to those around them, but sometimes simply brought confusion.
The Peck family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1946. Bill grew up in the wilds of the Rio Grande valley. With a twinkle in his eye, he was always ready for mischief with friends and a swim in the river. He served in the NM National Guard and served in Vietnam for two years. In his later years he found friendship and peace with other veterans and his church community, As Christ Leads Ministry, led by his close fellowship with Pastor Joseph and his family.
Steadfast of nature, Bill maintained his boyish humor till the end, joking about having roadkill for dinner with his brother before heading to the hospital.
The VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, as well as the paramedics, were a wonderful source of comfort for Bill and his family during Bill's final hours. Their calm communication, knowledge, perseverance, humor, and compassion during these horrific times relieved much of the burden for Bill and the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local VA Hospital.
Bill is survived by his older brother, Thomas Hughes Peck of Ft. Collins, CO, Thomas' wife, Mary Alice McQuaid Peck, and two nieces, Kirstin and Adrienne, in Denver, CO. Bill finally got to have the last word, leaving this world on his own terms and showing his older brother he can't be ordered around.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2021.