On Thursday December 15, 2016, we peacefully said goodbye to John Peard, Sr., a local business man, father, grandfather and friend.
John was born on November 13, 1946 in Stoneham, MA, son of the late Norman “Red” and Edith (Adamson) Peard. As a young child he moved to Jaffrey, NH, was educated in town and graduated from Conant High School in 1964. During school and throughout his life, John worked at Red’s of Jaffrey alongside his lifelong friend, Stephen Christian. On May 12, 1967, John married Lauren (Ouellette) Peard, and together they raised their 4 sons.
In 1981, John purchased Monadnock Disposal Service with his father. From that point on and under their careful guidance, the family businesses continued to expand and thrive. When John’s sons joined in, Red’s of Jaffrey grew to include Peard Properties and together they began repairing and rescuing some of Jaffrey’s neglected buildings and land.
Aside from John’s business life, he could often be found after hours enjoying the company of his family and close friends, Stephen and Charlene Christian, also known as ‘Bozo and Sam’. John enjoyed flying and frequently provided mercy flights and air charters for different organizations and people in need. Over the past 6 years while he was unable to be at the controls, John would frequently spend long afternoons ‘riding shotgun’ while his good friend Jack Belletete did the flying.
John had owned different classic cars through the years but since high school his favorites were his Corvettes. He also enjoyed riding his different Harley-Davidson motorcycles and travelling. John had 3 favorite places where he could rest and relax. He loved his hill top home in Jaffrey and the Florida Coastline and Keys. John also loved York Beach, ME so much, he had a 1/3 scale replica of the Nubble Lighthouse built and placed in his back yard to enjoy year round.
John’s quiet generosity spoke volumes about the great man he was to his family, his friends and his community. He silently and selflessly donated constantly to numerous local programs focusing on the area youth, education, athletics, and skill trades. While he never wanted anything in return, his generosity was recognized in 2009 by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club when they honored him as the club’s first non-Rotarian Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his youngest son, Daniel L. Peard on January 5, 2013.
He leaves behind Lauren Peard of Jaffrey; his three sons, John Peard, Jr. and his girlfriend Emily Barthel of Jaffrey, the mother of his children, Cindy Day-King of Deering, Matthew Peard and his wife Charmaine of Rindge, and Nathan Peard of Logan, Utah; his grandchildren, Brittany and her husband Matthew Wright, Jacob, Aiden, Jessica, James, Ashley, Maicee, Presleigh, Sierra and her husband David Browning, Evangeleigha, Amelia Rose, Alekzander, Kendrik, Garrett and Evan; a great-grandson Henry Browning; his two sisters, Margaret and her husband Peter Rivard and Robin and her husband Walter Blais as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless close friends.
The family requests that flowers be omitted. Instead, please remember John by making a contribution to any local community program or to any of the Jaffrey First Responders, the Fire Department, Police Department or Ambulance
At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Jaffrey Bible Church, 133 Turnpike Road, (Rte. 124) Jaffrey, NH 03452. Burial will take place in the spring.