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OBITUARY: Peabody's Peter Smyrnios Dies at 94

Peter Smyrnios was a decorated World War II veteran, serving in numerous offensives as well as at the Battle of the Bulge.

Peter Smyrnios, of Peabody -- decorated World War II veteran, master carpenter, cabinet maker, contractor, construction foreman, family man -- died on Sunday at the age of 94.

An obituary remembers Smyrnios as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend and for being "insatiably curious, indefatigable, and passionate about anything that he did."

Smyrnios was also a war hero. He fought in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy, as well as in the Battle of the Bulge, according to his obituary. He escaped from a Prisoner of War camp, survived an exchange of hand grenades with a German soldier, and late in the war, was even reported dead to his parents.

They "only discovered otherwise when his mother saw him, like an apparition, walking up the driveway to the family home."

A service, arranged with Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, will be held Friday at Harmony Grove Crematory in Salem. A special memorial service may be planned for later in the spring.

You can find the full obituary online here.

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