Harold Stanley Pike Sr.
October 3, 1934 – October 25, 2017
Harold S. Pike Jr, 83 of Surry NH, died on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. He was born in Everett, MA on October 3, 1934; the son of the late Harold and Bertha Pike.
Mr. Pike graduated from Reading High School in 1952 and New England College in 1958. He worked for Raytheon in Hookset, NH before joining the Keene School System. He taught at Franklin and Symonds Schools, was the teaching principal at Lincoln School and Supervising Principal at Fuller and Roosevelt Schools. He taught a total of 30 years before retiring.
Mr. Pike, whose parents were from Newfoundland, Canada, enjoyed a nautical background. He spent several summers attending St. Andrews Community College in New Brunswick, Canada taking boat building and related nautical courses. Several of his fifth grade classes built 10 foot row boats as part of their classroom activities…these boats are still in use today.
He held lifelong memberships in the Green Mtn. Club, AYH, The Council for Secular Humanism and The American Humanist Association. He was also a former member of the NEA and the NHEA, the Surry Volunteer Fire Department and was a trustee of the Surry Reed Free Library. He had been active on the former Surry Conservation Committee, the Recreation Department, The Surry Players, and the Surry Water Department. He was a firm believer in Native People’s rights and belonged and contributed too many organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Pike volunteered at State and National Parks both in Alaska and Arizona. They enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Following retirement, Harold spent a year at the Maine Maritime Museum Apprentice Shop (Percy & Small Shipyard) in Bath, Maine. HE participated in several Friendship Sloop races and the Maine Maritime Windjammer races. He and his wife sailed in several International Races between the U.S. and Canada held in the Bay of Fundy.
Mr. Pike is predeceased by a step daughter, Pamela Foley in 2010.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Margaret “Peg” Pike of Surry; sons, Matthew Pike of Orlando, FL, Robert Pike of Ocala, FL and Harold Pike III of Tamworth, NH; step-children, Kathleen Hurley of Phoenix, AZ and James Hurley of Keene.; three grandchildren, Harold S. Pike IV, Heather Scott Pike and Hannah Marie Pike; five step-grandchildren, Steve and Zachary Moren, Michael Foley, Jeremy Hurley and Megan Foley; as well as four great grandchildren, Aryssa and Ashley LeBaron, and Willow and Logan Foley.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at Village Cemetery, Village Road, Surry, NH. The FLETCHER FUNERAL HOME, KEENE, NH is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Reed Free Library, 8 Village Rd, Surry, NH 03431 or the Surry Fire Department, 444 NH-12A, Surry, NH 03431.
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 4, 2017
Harold Stanley Pike Sr.
Amy (Conklin) Eaton
November 7, 2017
Mrs. Pike~. My sister Bethany (Conklin) Palmer beat me to what I was going to say! I remember you both very fondly during my years at Franklin Elementary School! I still have a leather keychain I made with Mr. Pike as well as a poster I did depicting our Constitutional rights. I remember working in the classroom store and having to dump the pickle juice in the bathroom from the pickles we sold. I always took a big swig of juice before I dumped it! Thank you both for making so many great memories and making learning fun!
Bethany Palmer (Conklin)
November 4, 2017
I have so many amazing memories of being in Mr. Pike's 5th grade class at Franklin Elementary School. Leather making and helping place orders for the class store and soda vending machine are among my favorite. Mr. Pike made learning fun and engaging. I think of him often and am grateful I was one of his students.
November 3, 2017
Mr. Pike you will be missed dearly! You were my fifth grader teacher at Franklin! You inspired me to teach! You made learning fun! Crystal Fletcher (Damon)
November 1, 2017
sorry for ur loss
Raynor R. Smith Sr.
October 31, 2017
Peg, Matt and all of the Extended Pike Family, I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. I can still remember many of the great,(and rather funny) times I had when working with Harold. His sense of humor would bring tears to my eyes, especially when it went over so many heads. I know the wonderful memories you have will help you thru this most difficult time. My Thoughts and prayers are with y'all!
October 26, 2017
Harold, Mr. Pike, and our family go way back! He was my teacher twice; which speaks for his tolerance! His first wife was a Nurse and who worked nights and rested during the day. Harold and the boys would join us at the lake frequently in the summer while she rested and he, and my mom, watched over us boys! Harold didn't swim in front of us kids and relaxed by building a rock wall flat area for chairs which is still in use today. My mom's favorite Mr. Pike story is that she and Harry spent hours cooking marsh mellows on the fire pit coals learning how to turn the stick so each side was cooked to perfection. Harry said that I'm so proud of myself, I'm a good cooker! Harold comes over and said that's not how I like my marsh mellows and proceeded to burn his to a crisp. I gather the look on young Harry's face, and my mom's, was one of astonishment. Hours of patient cooking had just been burned up in a matter of seconds.
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