Peter J. Schwalbenberg, 70, passed away following a brief illness, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at University of California Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., with his loving wife Natchayawan (Aong) at his side.

Born in New York, N.Y., the son of Peter J. and JeanAnn Powers Schwalbenberg, Peter grew up in Putnam Valley, N.Y.

He received his bachelor's degree in engineering marine mechanics from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, N.Y. in 1972. He was a licensed, third assistant engineer unlimited horsepower, steam and motor to the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a lieutenant J.G. in the Navy Reserves.

After graduation Peter worked from 1972 to 1977, as a Field Engineer for General Electric Co. He Co-founded STEAMCO Corporation in 1977.

In 1986, Peter founded P. J. Schwalbenberg and Associates Inc., specializing in service engineering and repair of marine steam turbines, gears, turbine generators, and related equipment, which he led until his death. Through his work, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East and lived for 12 years in Singapore. While in Singapore, Peter met his wife, Natchayawan Kaokaew. They divided their time between Thailand and Cushing. In Cushing, he founded Cushing Diesel Services, a diesel truck repair shop.

Peter, is survived by his wife of 11 years, Natchayawan Kaokaew; daughter (from a prior marriage), Jennifer Schwalbenberg of London, England; two brothers Robert and his wife, Rosemary, of Glen Ridge, N.J., Richard and his wife, Sharlene, of Salem, Wis.; two sisters Joanne (Jody) Duran of Falmouth, Nancy Colson and her husband, Clifford Colson Jr., of Owls Head; as well as twelve nieces and nephews.

Peter will be remembered not only by his family but also by the marine industry. He will be forever remembered and respected by his colleagues around the world for his talent and skill, knowledge of his craft, his timely voice of reason, as well as his warm heart, generosity, and clever sense of humor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, at Coughlin Memorial Cemetery, Upper Rankin St., Rockland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division Inc., 1 Main St., Suite 300, Topsham ME 04086-1240, or the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, 70 Thomaston St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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