Mark Alan Peeler, 51, died peacefully at his home with his loved ones by his side Dec. 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 10, 1958, in Rochester, N.Y. Mark was the son of the late Laverne M. Peeler, and Jane A. Peeler of Chase Point Retirement Home in Damariscotta.

Upon his graduation from Wayland (Mass.) High School in 1976, Mark attended one year at Wentworth Engineering Institute. Afterward he was employed by Bose of Foxborough, Mass.

He later moved to Maine, the state he fell in love with during family vacations in the 1960s and 70s. It was here he met his love and longtime companion, Kathleen “Katie” Whalen.

During his time in Maine, Mark was employed by several businesses which included Steel Pro of Rockland and On The Road Trailers of Warren. During this period Mark honed his skills in welding and metal working where he rose to the level of shop foreman.

Mark was an avid outdoorsman. He loved all aspects of hunting and fishing. Mark was a skilled craftsman making his own fishing poles, loading his own ammo, and most recently making signature hunting knives which were sold at small shops in Maine. With his love of archery, he readily became a very proficient bowhunter. He was a member of the Maine Bowhunters Association and was consulted on local deer population management policies. Mark also enjoyed and became proficient in vegetable gardening and gold panning. His love of gardening developed from his father’s efforts in the field of organic gardening.

Having no children of his own, Mark dearly loved his nieces and nephew, spoiling them frequently during many family get-togethers.

In addition to Katie, Mark is survived by his mother, Jane Peeler of Damariscotta. He is also survived by Doug Peeler of San Diego, Calif., Marygrace Sirois and her husband, Richard of Waterboro, Wendy Stormer and her husband, Tom of Allison Park, Pa., John Peeler and his wife, Sandra of Morrill, a nephew and two nieces, Jonathan Sirois of Towson, Md., Jessica Jones and her husband, Adam of Norfolk, Va., and Morgan Stormer of Allison Park, Pa., as well as several cousins, aunts and special friends.

Visiting hours are Friday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner. A committal service will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.