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James Edmund Peele

April 18, 1944 — April 22, 2024

Point Breeze

James "Jim" Edmund Peele, of Point Breeze, died on Monday, April 22, 2024, from complications of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 18, 1944.

He battled MS for over 20 years, continuously innovating solutions to maintain his independence, which he did maintain until just shy of 80 years of age.

Jim was a master craftsman with superb woodworking skills. He could fix almost anything and never seemed to have parts leftover when he took something apart and put it back together. He was a master at catching crabs with just a hand net. He loved to hike, run, and bike. He once rode a rented 10 speed bike from Paris to Pamplona to Bordeaux crossing the over the Pyrenees mountains twice with all of his gear on his bike. Later, with the help of the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Association, he continued to bowl in his wheelchair for years.

Jim was an engineer with a degree from the University of Florida. When his MS forced him to leave the workplace, the health care non-profit Global Links provided him an opportunity to volunteer at their Pittsburgh facility. He volunteered there for many years, repairing medical equipment that then got used to help Global Links’ partners. It was so meaningful for Jim to have this opportunity to apply his talent for fixing stuff toward a humanitarian purpose.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pamela Peele. No funeral or viewing is currently planned.

If you would like to honor Jim’s long and wonderful life, please consider a donation to Global Links at or by mail at Global Links, 700 Trumbull Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15205.

Arrangements by Natural Funeral Company. Memories and condolences may be left at

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