OBITUARY: Retired Marblehead police officer Glover ‘Peter’ Preble, 89

Glover “Peter” Preble Jr., 89, beloved husband of Joyce (St. Pierre) Preble, died Nov. 6 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family.

Glover ‘Peter’ Preble Jr., 89

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Glover B. Sr. and Lillie E. (Cutler) Preble. He was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and attended Northeastern University.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Naval Reserves.

Preble had been employed for many years as a police officer for the Marblehead Police Department, and at the time of his retirement, he held the rank of sergeant and detective. He had also owned and operated the former Salem Harley Davidson on Bridge St. for 28 years. As a young man he had worked as a draftsman for the General Electric Co. in Lynn.

Following his retirement, Preble worked for the Council on Aging and also as a crossing guard in town.

A resident of Marblehead for over 50 years, he was a member and past master of the Philanthropic Masonic Lodge in Marblehead, past president of the Blue Knights, a past grand master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Saugus.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Drew Preble and his wife, Janelle, of Wakefield and Gavin Preble and his wife, Kristie, of Medford; a daughter, Laura Ferreira and her husband, Troy Fairchild of Melbourne, Fla., 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 209 Broadway, Saugus 01906. For directions and online guestbook, please visit

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  • Biff Michaud

    I am saddened by the death of my long time friend Pete. He was always happy with his big smile that came easy to his face. He was simply the coolest of the cool…I want Joyce to know that I care!

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