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Stanley F. Peer, R.I.P.
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It is with sadness that we learned of the death of one-time WDRC engineer Stanley Francis Peer on February 23, 2018; he was 96 years young.

Born in Hartford, he grew up in Wethersfield, surviving a bout with scarlet fever that led to his home being quarantined in 1937. Stanley studied mechanical engineering at the former Hillier College (now University of Hartford).

Stanley joined WDRC in July 1941 when he was 20-years-old. He had no prior radio experience and was assigned as a control operator, supervising the station's transmitters.

In June 1942, Stanley joined the U.S. Coast Guard, one of many WDRC personnel who joined the nation's wartime effort. As a First Class Petty Officer he spent the war in the South Pacific working on mobile Loran navigation units.

When he was discharged from the military he rejoined Franklin Doolittle's Hartford station in March 1946, staying until 1950. Stanley and his brother, Edward, formed Peer and Peer Insurance Agency, which they operated until 1985 but his heart remained with the Coast Guard; he served in the USCG Auxiliary for 47 years! He also served the community, functioning as civil defense director in Wethersfield in the 1960s. He also spent 33 years on the local volunteer fire department.

Stanley F. Peer in 1941
Stanley F. Peer in 1946

Stanley F. Peer in approximately 2017

Read the complete obituary here.



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