When does “forever” last only a few years? When your “forever home” in your dream destination, among the red rocks in the Arizona sun, turns out to be a nightmare. After long careers on the East coast, Bob and Irene Peake retired to the picturesque town of Sedona, Arizona. The couple loved it there, but a change in the real estate laws and Bob’s new fascination with horseback riding (he learned how to ride at age 71) had them looking for a home with more land. After 5 years in Sedona, they sought a home which could be converted into a working horse ranch and they found it - about 20 miles away in Cottonwood, Arizona. Find out more about the charming town on Episode 102 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Bob Peake retired from a 34-year career as an attorney with the NYS Court System. Better than a quarter century of that time was spent at one of the more prominent appellate courts in the country, significant for its location in Manhattan and the review of decisions involving leading corporations and state and local administrative agencies.
His interests include home renovation, audio, particularly acoustics and speaker design and construction; computer technology; he most recently designed Java relational database programs for a local non-profit; photography and horseback riding.
Bob's wife, Irene, spent a 40-year career in employee communications (including benefits consulting), marketing communications and executive communications. She worked for Canon USA, then for two prominent consulting firms and, finally, for 14 years for the largest hospital network in NY State. Her activities largely revolve around art – specifically collage, painting and sculpture – and Mahjong.