Charles Edmund Peck
Born: November 20, 1921 (Louisbourg, N.S.)
Died: January 27, 2013 (Catalone, N.S.)
Member: Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame (1990)
After working on the sea as a merchant seaman, at a steel plant in Cape Breton, and on the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway, Charlie Peck enlisted in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War, serving overseas as a military policeman. He fought as a middleweight professional boxer after the war, gaining the title of Maritime champion, while accumulating a record of 19 victories, 3 defeats, 1 draw, according to the Chronicle Herald newspaper of Halifax. (BoxRec, the online encyclopedia, offers a pro record of 4-2-1.)
His toughest opponent was Osborne (Ossie) Farrell, a deaf fighter who could not speak who knocked Peck out in the first round of their first battle in Halifax in 1948. They met again the next year at the Glace Bay Miners Forum, where the bout ended in a draw.
After retiring from the ring, Peck pounded the beat in Louisbourg as a policeman before becoming chief, serving 17 years. He later worked as a civil servant and was active with navy and sea cadets. In retirement, he operated a farm in Catalone, N.S., where he died, aged 91. In 2012, he received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Born in Louisbourg, N.S., he had seven brothers (including one who died as an infant) and three sisters. He leaves the former Camilla Browner, his wife of 68 years; three sons; two daughters; 13 grandchildren; and, nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son and by all his siblings except for a brother, George, who was also a prize fighter.