Peter Schwalbenberg

PJ Schwalbenberg

February 25, 1950 - July 15, 2020
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CUSHING, MAINE - Peter J. Schwalbenberg, 70, passed away following a brief illness, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at University of California Medical Center, in San Diego, CA, with his loving wife Natchayawan (Aong) at his side.

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

He received his Bachelor of Engineering, Marine, Mechanical 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 United States Coast Guard and served as a lieutenant JG 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 & 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 twelve years in Singapore. While in Singapore, Peter met his wife, Natchayawan Kaokaew. They divided their time between Thailand and Cushing, ME. In Cushing, he founded Cushing Diesel Services, a diesel truck repair shop.

Peter, is survived by his wife of 11 years, Natchayawan Kaokaew; his 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, WI; two sisters: Joanne (Jody) Duran of Falmouth, ME, Nancy Colson and her husband Clifford Colson, Jr. of Owls Head, ME; 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 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, at Coughlin Memorial Cemetery, Upper Rankin Street, Rockland, ME.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division Inc., One Main Street, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240, or the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry, 70 Thomaston Street, Rockland, ME, 04841.
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  • Graveside Service

    Friday July 24, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am
    Coughlin Memorial Cemetery
    Rankin St.
    Rockland, ME 04841
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Rolf Strom

Posted at 02:02pm
My condolences to everyone family, colleagues and friends of Peter. I worked for Peter at Steamco, from 1981-1984. It was my first civilian job after 3 years in the Navy. Peter was at that time very ambitious, hard working , always busy trying new ideas. I can relate to Mikes comments, as I was involved in many of Peters salvage /repair projects to get those ships underway or build a more complete, and comprehensive machine shop. He was good to me then, I learned a lot, and I have always appreciated the opportunity he gave to a 20 year old ,of limited experience kid. Full steam ahead Pete !

Terry Ryan

Posted at 07:43am
My condolences to all Peter's family, both near and far. A little story about Peter and the type of man he was, Peter and myself had some business dealings over the years, and unfortunately, while Peter was overseas, he had hired someone to oversee his operation. After a dispute with this man over thousands of dollars on work that had been done to my truck, I felt I had been taken advantage of, and later lost the case in court to judge and jury. Case closed. Four years later, Peter found out the truth about what actually happened, and returned my money. That's a true man. We still have a photocopied check on our wall for everyone to see with an explanation of the type of person Pete Schwalbenberg really was.
Terry Ryan

Mike Nahon

Posted at 07:29pm
I met Pete when Steamco was in its heyday, so I guess that's 40 years or so. He was like a kid at Christmas when he'd visit our junkyard
in Jersey City. Whatever problems the shipowners had, he'd figure out a way to find what was needed or cobble something together so the ship
would sail, and everyone knew that. We'd tip each other off about what was going on whether there was money in it or not. There were lots of
times when money was made, and plenty when it was not. The neatest thing I think, is that no matter what happened or what was at stake,
we never got mad at each other and could always laugh at what was going on. He was one of the hardest working people I've ever met,
but could always smile.
Mike Nahon

Lincoln E McRae

Posted at 05:47pm
My sincere sympathy and prayers to Peters wife and family. Peter and I had been friends since the early 1970's. I am deeply saddened by his loss. Not only was he a true friend but a trusted ally and resource, not only to me, but to countless others as well.

Skip McRae

Brian Corriveau Posted at 07:12am

Pete was a good man, knowledgeable and very helpful in need. He shall be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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