Peter Rowe Bacon
July 30, 1942 – December 8, 2020
Peter Rowe Bacon, 78, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Five Islands, Maine passed away peacefully at Emerson Hospital in Concord on December 8, 2020. Born in Waltham on July 30, 1942, he was the son of Francis Howard Bacon and Helen Margaret (Rowe) Bacon who predeceased him. He grew up in Sudbury graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 1960.
Peter earned his Bachelor of Science degree and did advanced graduate work at Springfield College. While there he competed in soccer and gymnastics. After graduation he taught and coached gymnastics in Kings Park, NY for several years becoming Director of Physical Education, K-12, for that school district. In 1972 he became Director of Physical Education K-8 for the Wayland public schools.
From 1976 to 1983 he was Director of Admissions and then later President and CEO of the Bryman School, a proprietary, paramedical school, in Brookline. Eventually, he moved into antique appraisals and restoration.
No matter what other field he was in, his whole life centered around gymnastics, a love he shared with his wife Lois. In 1967 he became a National Judge through the National Gymnastics Judges Association and in 1980 he received his Brevet rating, the highest gymnastics officials rating internationally, from the Federation of International Gymnastics.
Highlights of his gymnastics career included serving in various offices in the National Judges Association (East) including President, Directing the Friends of Gymnastics Scholarship Fund, and Directing the Dhahran Gymnastic Clinic in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for over twenty years.
In 1996 he received the National Gymnastics Judges Association (East) Hall of Fame award. He judged both nationally and internationally including many NCAA Regional and National Championships, Championships of the USA, USA Olympic Trials, the 1979 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 1980 International Friendship Meet (held for countries supporting the Olympic boycott), the Cottbus Cup in Germany, and the 1981 World University Games in Bucharest, Romania.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved hiking, rock climbing, skiing, sailing and lobstering, especially on the waters of his beloved coast of Maine. His extended family and his ancestral history were important parts of his life.
He is survived by his wife Lois Colburn; his son, Gregory Bacon and his wife Diane of Westborough and their children Taylor and Max; his daughter Keri Seery and her husband Bill of Westborough and their son Alex; and her daughter, Carolyn (Carrie) Landry, and husband Dennis of Lovell, ME, and their children Helena and Corissa. He also leaves behind his brother Karl Bacon and wife Cynthia Klonowski of Georgetown, ME: his brother Glenn Bacon and wife Cynthia of Myrtle Beach, S.C.and his treasured cousin, Lorraine Williams of Jaffrey, NH.
Arrangements are by Duckett Funeral Home of Sudbury, MA. Condolences and messages for his family may be made on-line at email@example.com. There will be a celebration of life in the spring of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Georgetown Fire Department, P.O. Box 199, Georgetown, ME 04548 or the Wayside Inn Foundation, Attn: Nonprofit Director, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA 01776 are appreciated
Peter Rowe Bacon
December 31, 2020
I've known Peter since the third grade and share much in common with him beyond a name. Whenever the phone rings, I still half expect it means the beginning of another lengthy discussion about our Sudbury days and news of old classmates as we attempt to solve the world's problems. His passing is, indeed, a great loss for many. My heart goes out to Lois and the entire Bacon family.
Rest in peace, my friend.
December 30, 2020
Dear Bacon Family, I was so sad to hear about Peter's passing. As I sit here remembering so many conversations, I felt compelled to write to you. I met Peter when I was working for Wynn Las Vegas on the show Le Reve. Peter embraced me into the gymnastic community, making introductions and valuable suggestions often. He even helped me find new cast members! He would call the office just to check-in and say hello. Peter was a beloved figure in our office and the words "just call Peter Bacon and ask him" was a staple sentence amongst us. He will be missed so much, but will always be remembered with a smile. My sincere condolences...
December 23, 2020
Dear Lois and Bacon Family
My condolences on the death of Peter. I will always remember our
many get togethers while I coached or while we judged together .
I always looked forward to our meetings after those events because it always produced a lot of laughs and I can never forget Saudi Arabia or the Fogg Tournament
December 22, 2020
Since I was about twelve years old, to me Peter was a gymnastics judge, employer, ambassador, travel companion/drinking buddy/wingman (all-inclusive in the Saudi Arabia/Europe adventure package as well), father figure and friend.
A really good all-around guy.
My condolences to the family and fellow friends.
I'll miss you Peter.
December 21, 2020
I will always fondly remember Peter as a kind, loving and welcoming soul. He always Had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
December 18, 2020
our infamous road trips covered almost 60 yrs which included hiking the whites,canoeing the saco,sailing the east coast.Our last road trip (about 4 yrs ago) from Vegas to Hopkington a 5 wk car trip-was memorable and not soon forgottten..I opened the flap of the tent around midnight and there you were sitting in front of fire enjoying the moment (and trying to explain to the officer why this 12' log was on fire)..I slowly zipped up the tent...I was hoping for one more trip.Will miss your friendship...Love J
December 18, 2020
Peter had a way of supporting people without you even knowing it. When a dear friend died suddenly, Peter reached out to his partner and spent time helping her sort through gymnastics memories, find homes for judging resources and start the grieving process. He did all this with dignity and respect . His kindness to my friend, was above and beyond.
December 18, 2020
Sorry to hear about Peter. All our friends are supposed to last forever. If it wasn’t for Peter my whole experience in Saudi Arabia and Europe would have never happened. Lots of laughs and a lot learned. Especially our experience when Peter and I broke off from the group to go to Denmark. (Side story about the Iranian Embassy but......later). Also all his work pulling off the FOGG tournament every year. That kept a lot of us in touch with other. Wish we could have done it last Summer.
December 18, 2020
Goodbye my friend, will miss you and all the fun and adventures we had. Love, Jim.