James W Carter, 86, of Peabody, died Friday morning surrounded by his family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Dolores (Amaral) Carter. Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late James and Florence (Codair) Carter. He was a life-long resident of Peabody and a graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1952. James served with National Guard for a few years before embarking on a 31-year career as a fire fighter for the City of Peabody and retired as a Captain in 1988. In addition to firefighting, he also owned his own industrial supply company, the Whidden Co. in Peabody. James enjoyed being on the water and boating, but his favorite endeavor was spending time with his family. James’ family would like to thank the staff at both the Kaplan Estates in Peabody and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers for their care and professionalism and would especially like to thank the members of table 5 and Betty Quinlan at the Kaplan Estates. They are deeply grateful. James is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Edward Mazzetta of Peabody, his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Rosemary Carter of Onset, and their family, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Roland Tripp of Cary, NC and their family, his granddaughter, Jill Mazzetta of Rome, Italy and by his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Matilda Sirois, Florence Fortin, Phyllis Carter, Arlene Tweed, and Alice Perry. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:00 AM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 20 CHURCH ST, DOWNTOWN LOCATION, followed by his Funeral Mass at10:00 AM at St. John’s Church, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem.