Arthur "Red" Peabody, 90: A true Mainer

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PORTLAND — Arthur Adams Peabody, 90, died on June 25.

Peabody, commonly known as “Red,” was born in Portland on April 10, 1922, the only son of Velma Greenlaw Peabody and Henry Adams Peabody, of Cape Elizabeth. Arthur attended Cottage Farms School as a child where he met his wife of many years, Joan Cleveland Peabody. He was raised in Cape Elizabeth and attended Hebron Academy and Dartmouth College, Class of 1944. He left college temporarily to serve in the United States Air Force.

After Dartmouth, Peabody studied the law. As an attorney, he served as a Maine District Attorney for two years. He then established the law firm of Preti, Peabody, and Johnson. In time he returned to a solo practice which he maintained until retirement at age 86.

Peabody enjoyed family life. He skied, hiked, and traveled in later years. A true Mainer, he always loved his outings in the Maine woods, boating with the kids and fishing with friends. Hobbies included amateur photography, family film chronology, gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

Peabody is survived by his three children; Anne Tyler Peabody, Susan Peabody Love, and John Cleveland Peabody; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A funeral service was held June 26 at the Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland. 

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