- December 31, 1939 - January 30, 2013
- Hamden, Connecticut
of Elbert's Passing
Smilow Cancer Hospital
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510
The Cheryl Anderson Pegues Scholarship Award
Gateway Community College Foundation
20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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“First met PJ in SNET phone store, couldn't miss him. He was a delightful gentleman with a big smile. We met again when the world special olympics...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Gail Cox - New Haven, CT
“My deepest condolences to the Pegues family. Mr. Pegues was well thought off, we'll respected and well loved. His presence will be missed by all...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Dawn Sinclair Dixon - Angier, NC
“Dear Cheryl and family,
PG and I shared lots of laughs and good conversations while working together for Adult Ed and Dwight School.
I...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Patricia Mason - CT
“My prayers and sympathy go out to the family. This man's smile and authenticity will surely be missed. And I will miss the conversations with him of...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Denise Page
“Our prayers and condolences to Cheryl, Elicia and Trey. My mother (Minister Doris Jean Teel, 1931-1988), was a fan of Mr. "PG" (as she called him)....Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Carol Teel - New Haven, CT
“I met Mr. Pegues when he came to work at Hillhouse as a security guard. He was a gentleman, a scholar, a role model, a guardian, a caring and loving...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Robert A. Gibson - New Haven, CT
“My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Cheryl Pegues family and friends. May The Lord comfort and strengthen you during this time of bereavement. Mr....Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Yolanda Dillon - Atlanta, GA
“Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
8 of 39 | Posted by: Bennyta Claytor
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. P. I hold you dear in my heart and I will keep you and your family in my prayers forever.
...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Antoinette Curto - New Haven, CT, CT
“To Cheryl, Elicia and Trey,
I send my deepest condolences and prayers that the Holy Spirit will continue to sustain and support you.
With deepest...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Leonora Henderson - New Haven, CT
“To Cheryl, Elicia and Trey,
I send my sincerest condolences and prayers that the Holy Spirit continues to sustain.
With deepest sympathy, Leonora...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Leonora Henderson - New Haven, CT
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. May God bless and comfort you at this time.
12 of 39 | Posted by: Jonathan & Shawne Latham - CT
“We shared one of the greatest experience of our life. Thankyou for taking some of the heat off some us smaller brothers. I will never forget you and...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Bobby Scales - Houston, TX
“PG meant toe "Parental Guidance" espically when he took me under his wing at Hillhouse...he is the few of the great ones..he will missed greatly God...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Ralph Warner - Ringgold, LA
“cHERYL AND FAMILY YOU HAVE MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. I HAVE KNOW P.G SNCE DWIGHT SCHOOL HE WAS A GREAT PEPERSON. I WILL...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: CAROLYN jONES hURLING - NEW HAVEN, CT
“To the Pegues family our prayers are with you all. Cheryl remember we are always here and, if there is anything that we can do for you please call us...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Pamela Jessup - Charleston, WV
“To the Pegues family, it was a pleasure to work with "PG" in the Security Division for the BOE. "PG" was always available to help with his knowledge...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Ms. Rita Worthy - New Haven, CT
My prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow.
With Deepest Sympathy,
18 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon Baldwin - East Hartford, CT
“From one Vet to another......you will be missed Dearly!
19 of 39 | Posted by: Demetria Mcmillian - New Haven, CT
“Dear Cheryl and Family, you are in my prayers for strength during this time of bereavement. May the joy and wonderful memories Al gave you during his...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Rachel S. De Four - Randallstown, MD
“I give my Condolences to the family, and will keep use in prayer.
21 of 39 | Posted by: Ruth Hoff - new haven, CT
“Dear Cheryl & Family: I was so sorry to learn of your great loss and offer my deepest sympathy to all of you. I pray that the comforting and...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Janie Charles Holmes - New Haven, CT
“Cheryl and Family,
Our prayers and sympathy are with you durning this time of our lost. PG will always have a special place in our hearts for all...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Jesse & Barbara Lanier and Family - CT
“Cheryl, & Family our deepest sympathy to you all. Our Prayers are with you.
24 of 39 | Posted by: Jim & Bev Wetmore - Hamden, CT
“2-4-2013 6:10 p.m. (EST)
To Mrs. Cheryl Anderson Pegues, The Children, Granddaughter, Siblings, Relatives and Friends of Mr. Elbert Thomas Pegues,...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Ms. Cheryl M. Atkinson - Hamden, CT
“OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE PEGUES FAMILY IN THE PASSING OF MR.PEGUES.HIS SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON WITH US ALL.HE WAS A NICE AND THOUGHTFUL PERSON...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: MRS LILLIAN D. BRIDGES & FAMILY
“PEGUESE, YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR EVERYONE. I WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR YOU. YOU WERE OUR GENTILE GIANT.
27 of 39 | Posted by: marion Delmoro - NEW HAVEN, CT
“Dear Pegues and Spearman families,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories of Elbert give...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Jennifer DaSilva - Dover, MA
“Cheryl, my deepest condolences to you and the entire family on the loss of such a gentel giant. He was loved by so many.
29 of 39 | Posted by: Helena Rogers - New Haven, CT
“Pegues, was a gentle giant. That's how I will always remember him.
30 of 39 | Posted by: Dyann Monroe - New Haven, CT
“My deepest condolences to the Pegues Family during their time of grief & for the loss of such a wonderful soul. He was one the sweetest men I ever...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Jasmine Outlaw - New Haven, CT
“I haven't seen Mr Pegues since he worked at hillhouse and I was a student. It's been a long while but it seems like it was yesterday. He carried a...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Jason Parker - New Haven, CT
“In your time of grief and bereavement, I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the Jones family...
33 of 39 | Posted by: Roland Bubba Jones - New Haven, CT
“Dear Cheryl and Family ~ My deepest sympathy to you for your loss. Mr. P was very special. May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Kathleen Delaney - Wallingford, CT
“To Cheryl, Trey, Elicia and Beverly, I send my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of a friend my family has known for over 60 years....Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Marshall J McKiver - New Haven, CT
“Condolences, Mr. Pegues was truly a great man, I had the pleasure of being his student in Troup Middle School, as well as James Hillhouse. I also had...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Kamila - New haven
“Dear Cheryl and family,
May you all find strength at this time. Your fond memories of Elbert will sustain you. May God be with you.
Your soror and...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Rita Henderson
“My consodlences to the family of PG. He will be missed as he was loved by everyone.
PGDR Janice l. Smith
Pocohontas Temple #55
New Haven, CT
38 of 39 | Posted by: Janice Smith - Ansonia, CT
“Sending my sincerest condolences to the Pegues family, may he rest in peace.
Love, Eileen and family
39 of 39 | Posted by: Eileen Williams-Esdaile - Hamden, CT
Elbert Thomas Pegues ("PG"), 73, of Hamden, CT departed this earth peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1939, one of two children of the late Elbert S. and Virginia (Brown) Pegues. His father was one of the first African American entrepreneurs in New Haven, the owner of the Imperial Cleaners and Tailoring Shop on Dixwell Avenue. His mother served the Greater New Haven Area and Grace-New Haven Hospital (Yale-New Haven) as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
This giant of a man, standing a mere 6'9", was not only a tower of strength but had a large measure of dignity, grace, love and compassion. He was large in stature and spirit! Since his early childhood years, he showed an avid interest in playing sports. Within the Greater New Haven community, he participated in sports activities at the Jewish Community Center, Blessed Martin Catholic Church and the Dixwell Community House. His physicality was primarily illustrated through his love for basketball. He attended Dwight Elementary School and Troup Junior High. During his high school years, he was a Varsity Player for the James H. Hillhouse High School Academics and was a member of the New England Championship team that played in the Boston Garden in Boston, MA. He was known among his peers as a gentleman and a good sportsman. "PG" was the rare student who always showed up for school and received awards for his Perfect Attendance during his school years.
After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Armed Services, the Marine Corps. As a seventeen-year old, he was among the Marines who landed in Lebanon during that crisis in 1957. Once again, his height distinguished him and led to his being the flag bearer for his platoon. During his service stint, he was the recipient of the Good Conduct First Award and was certified as a Rifleman. He also played basketball for his platoon and excelled in the center position. Elbert's time in the U. S. Marine Corps allowed him to travel and expand his knowledge of the Middle East.
Upon his honorable discharge, he decided to attend college. He found his way to West Virginia State College (WVSC) in Institute, WV, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. While at "State", he was known as "Big Al"! He played for the Yellow Jackets and WVIAC Championship Team and was a member of the team when it represented the Conference in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Kansas. He went on to further his education and earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University.
After completing his degree at WVSC, Big Al was employed by the local Community Action Partnership Agency, an Anti-Poverty Program in Charleston, WV. His community involvement focused on eradicating poverty. A firm believer in equal rights he was active in the civil rights movement. He marched in protests for equal housing, education and better employment opportunities.
When he decided to return to Connecticut, he was still focused on the community work he had begun in West Virginia and began working for the Community Action Agency in New Haven. In ensuing years, he became the liaison between the neighborhood corporations and subsequently assumed the Director position of the Dwight Neighborhood Corporation. Seeking to continue his mission of helping, he was employed as a Parole Officer for the State of CT; a community organizer for The Black Coalition of Greater New Haven; Director of Home Maintenance and the Hill Development Corporation. Lastly, he became a member of the School Security Team for the New Haven Public Schools System. His first placement was at Troup Middle School and then he joined the staff at James H. Hillhouse High School where he retired in 2002. During his tenure at Hillhouse he was well known for advising, caring and mentoring the students.
An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching Major League sports. ESPN Sports Center was a focal point of his television viewing. He was a Mets, Yankee, Laker, Steeler and a Cowboy fan. "PG" also watched tennis matches and the Classic Sports channel and any competitive gaming shown. The Olympics were a special draw!
Because of his love for people and youth in particular, Elbert joined Theta Psi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. while in college in 1961. His membership started during ho his undergraduate years to his graduate membership in Chi Omicron Chapter, New Haven, CT for over 50 years. Brother "PG" was a member of the IBPOEW, Elk Lodge #141 for 45 years and the Founder and first President of the Veterans' Club and member of the Orange Blossoms Club. He was also the Chairman of the Trustee Board, a member of the House Committee and a Past Grand Exalted Ruler of the Grand Lodge. In later years, he joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center. He enjoyed the line dancing classes and the socialization. "PG" was "Helpful Homer", always on time and assisted all of the seniors with their luggage when traveling. His penchant for helping others extended to hospital visits and chauffeuring friends and elderly to various appointments.
Brother Pegues was an active member of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church where he was one of the Founders of the Saturday Bible Class, participated in Adult Sunday School class, and member of the Men's Choir where he loved to sing his "Silent Night" solo. He particularly enjoyed transporting other church members to church service.
His magnanimous, million-dollar smile always preceded him. His sense of humor was never far away as he regaled family and friends with much joy and laughter. His love for travel was an integral part of his life. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 49 years, Cheryl Anderson Pegues; his loving son, Elbert T. Pegues, III ("Trey"), Hamden, CT; devoted daughter Elicia Pegues Spearman, his caring son-in-law Livie V. Spearman, III and precious granddaughtercontinued...