Richard Barton Pease
June 28, 1965 – September 9, 2019
Richard Barton Pease of Fort Collins, CO, died recently at the age of 54.
Son of John C. and Mary B. Pease of Nashua, formerly of Hollis, Richard was born in Petersburg, VA, and raised in Chelmsford, MA. He graduated from Cornell University and received his MBA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He excelled as a competitive swimmer until he was in his 30’s, and loved history, hiking, the National Parks, and the Boston Red Sox. He formerly worked for Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins.
He is survived by three children, Lt. Connor Barton, Rebecca Caroline, and Brendon DePrez, all of Fort Collins. He is also survived by his brother, John C, Jr., and his wife Linda, and nephews John C., III, and Thomas of Dublin, OH, as well as his former wife Hilary DePrez Pease, and his friend, Louise Coulter both of Fort Collins.
Services will be at the Congregational Church of Hollis, Monument Square, Hollis, NH, on October 26, at 11:00 am, followed by a reception at the church, and burial at the family plot in East Cemetery in Hollis.
Congregational Church of Hollis
3 Monument Square
Richard Barton Pease
September 30, 2019
What a wonderful life Richard had. His brilliant mind, his many interests and his creative lifestyle were fascinating. He loved life. From the beauty of the outdoors, camping, and hiking in Yellowstone to working in New Zealand, to his excellence in school and competitive swimming, he always made the most of the gifts God gave to him. He left a wonderful family and many friends who will never forget him.
September 21, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to Richard’s family and friends. I cannot adequately express how sorry I am for our loss. As I’m sure with all of us, I’ve been overwhelmed with memories of the moments I’ve shared with Richard.
Richard and I first met in 1989, when I started working at IRT. Though we didn’t work directly together in the same department, we became fast friends due in part to our shared interests in history, science fiction, TV sit-coms and a good cup of coffee. And board games like Risk, Stratego or Scrabble. Though at Scrabble I was ridiculously out-matched by Richard’s seemingly “positronic” vocabulary. Of course, a friendly game of nickel-dime poker with the guys was always a good time no matter how much money I lost. Especially after Richard and I spent weeks building our own custom poker table top just so we could feel like we were playing high-stakes poker in Vegas.
Like me, he was a Star Trek geek, a fan of comedy TV shows, sci-fi and action/adventure movies. He would almost always “get” any line of dialogue or reference of a scene I could throw at him and we would try to see who could out-quote the other. From Cheers to Indiana Jones, Aliens to Casablanca or The Simpsons to The Princess Bride. And of course, anything Star Trek or Star Wars related.
I also recall the fun outings with Richard & Hilary and the “gang”, whether it was a ski trip to Big Bear and Flagstaff or a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain. And I’ll never forget the time we all decided to jump out of a “perfectly good” airplane.
I certainly don’t profess to know what comes next for me or any of us, but when my time comes, I’d like to think I’ll have an idea where to look so I can catch up with Richard and share a good cup of coffee.
“Second star to the right... then straight on ‘till morning.”
Until then Richard,
Rest In Peace.
September 21, 2019
September 17, 2019
This is to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Richard, including my sister Hilary, and their children Connor, Rebecca, and Brendon. The legacy of Richard's swimming that extended from competitive college meets to competitive distance swims well into adulthood lived on in his sons, my nephews named above, for whom I had to pleasure of rooting at local swimming events during my visits to Fort Collins. My memories are of a happy suburban family riding bikes, sharing hikes with their uncle (me) in the Rockies, and enjoying meals out, especially with their grandma Bee. I will mourn the loss of this tight-knit family to his untimely death and will hope for the continued happiness of immediate family survivors there and in New England.
September 15, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Richard's immediate and extended family. Richard and I were teammates on Cornell's Men's Swim Team from 1984--1987; his in-pool talents and competitiveness were key to our successes over that tenure. About ten years ago, we glossed over those good times at a Reunion, reveling how we've both remained 'chlorinated' long after our glory days. Will see you in that big pool in the sky, my friend.