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In Sierra Leone, Centenarian Laid To Rest
Mar 21, 2012, 17:00

The remains of the late Reynold Christian Abayomi Browing Peacock, who died in Freetown on Sunday 26th February, at the age of 103, were laid to rest at the Wellington cemetery on Sunday 18th March.


The late centenarian was the oldest foundation pupil of the Prince of Wales School, having been transferred from the Government Model School in 1925 as part of the first crop of Prince Waleans.


He remained a devoted fan of Manchester United Football Club throughout his adult life.


The late Abayomi Peocock was born on 25th April 1908 to David Peacock and Marian Browne in Katongo, in the Republic of Guinea where his parents were engaged in business. His mother hailed from lower Allen Town while his father was from Bathurst Village but later settled in Wellington. His Mother, Marian died in 1923 when he was fifteen, and he found a loving surrogate mother in the caring Leticia Peacock, his fatherís first wife for whom he developed deep affection. He had several siblings, all of whom, except his younger sister, Casafine have predeceased him.


Reynold started school at Wellington Anglican Church School, earning a double promotion from Standard 3 to Standard 5, such was his application to his studies. He later moved to the Government Model School in Freetown and then to the Prince of Wales School.


Having successfully taken both Senior Cambridge and Civil Service Exams, he started his Civil Service career in April 1927. His first posting was to the Government Post Office and thereafter was transferred to the Audit Department. In 1929 he was again transferred to the Treasury department where he rose to the rank of Sub Accountant, heading Sub-Treasuries in Magburaka and Pujehun. Retiring from Civil Service in 1965, he served in the Accounts Department of Guma Valley Water Company from 1965 to 1987.


In 1932, Reynold married Gladys Marion Cordelia Francis whom he tragically lost by death through child birth that same year leaving their infant daughter, Gladys. Ha married in 1937 Marion Estella Modupeh Modupeh Priddy. They were blessed with two children, Marion and Mavis. His daughters , Ola and Ayodele survive him but his sons, Olu and James have pre deceased him. He and his wife fostered a host of children: Boisy, Modu, omo, Effu, Seratu, Tablay, Alfred, Tamba and Anthoney whose loving devotion to him was evident though out his life. Indeed, he counted them as children. He again became a widower in 1996, when his second wife, Modupeh was called home. The next 16 years were spent enduring the loss of several relatives and friends, younger than he, but also delighting in the love of family and close friends until his peaceful home call on 26th February, 2012.


The late Reynold Abayomi Peacock was a committed Christian, a vibrant member and dedicated worker of St John the Evangelist Church, Wellington, serving as Vicarís Warden for many years. He was also an esteemed/founding member of the Menís League of the Church and of the now defunct Wellington Descendantsí Association. He also gave zealous service to the YMCA in the fifties and early sixties, where he served as secretary. He was also a Free Mason of Lodge Sierra Leone Highland and took the chair in 1942.

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