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Arthur Thomas Peik was born in Brooklyn on October 19, 1933. The first of two sons born to Emil and Evelyn Peik, he and his brother Edward grew up on East 34th Street in Flatbush. Artie attended PS 181 and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School.
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He enlisted in the US Navy in 1952 and spent the majority of his time in service traveling the world aboard the aircraft carrier Midway. Upon his return to Brooklyn and civilian life, he began working for the telecommunications manufacturer Western Electric, where he installed telephone equipment in New York City and served as shop steward in his local CWA unit.
In 1960, he married the love of his life, Mary. After the birth of their first child, Karen, they moved their new family to Valley Stream, where their sons Andrew and Christopher were born. As his children got older, he supported his family and found time to attend Little League games, tend to his prize-worthy tomatoes and zinnias in his garden, and swim at the Valley Stream Pool in the summer. He was overjoyed to witness his family grow with the marriages of Karen to Paul, Andrew to Susan, and Christopher to Angela.
Retirement brought more time for Artie and Mary to travel with their beloved friends Bob and Eileen, to see movies with Mary’s siblings and their spouses, go fishing with Christopher, to visit Ed and his wife Anita and their family in New Hampshire, and to play pinochle with beloved neighbors. Grandchildren Katherine, Elizabeth, Luke, Sarah, Andrew, Brian, and Kevin were born, and spending time with them was a special kind of joy for Artie. His latent silly streak always won the day where they were concerned.
After over 50 years of presiding over family dinners and barbecues with friends at their home on Court Street, Artie and Mary moved to more convenient and cozy quarters at Dutchgate. Artie found a group of friends to gather with at the clubhouse, and was especially proud to take part in the Veterans Day celebration held there.
Throughout his life, Artie was blessed to be surrounded by friends who were good and caring, and a loving brother who was only a phone call away to reminisce about the old days. He was blessed to see his seven grandchildren thrive and make good lives of their own, and to know that his children and children-in-law loved him and delighted in his marvelous stories and occasional outbursts of song, especially when he was singing Joni James songs or, his trademark song “Mr. Cellophane.” Most of all, he was blessed in knowing that for sixty years and more, he was treasured above all else by his beloved Mary. He left us on December 27, 2020, on the Feast of the Holy Family.
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