WILMINGTON- Robert Arthur “Bob” Pease, 85, a resident of 61 Look Road, died at his home March 8 after battling a strong fight with cancer for eight years.
Robert was born in Brattleboro, the son of Arthur and Eleanor (Robbins) Pease. He graduated class of 1958 from Brattleboro Union High School. Robert enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Fort Sill, OK. At the age of 18, Robert worked at the Retreat Dairy Farm, and then transitioned to the Retreat Carpentry Shop, retiring after 45 years.
Robert was a true meat and potatoes guy. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting deer, bear, rabbit, and turkey. It was normal for him to “bag a good deer every year.” He would hunt the ridgelines in Wardsboro, and also spent some time hunting in northern Vermont, where he got his largest deer of 220 lbs, with a nice rack of 11 points. Ice fishing was also a favored pastime, back when the perch were plentiful by the buckets. He was a past member of the Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers snowmobile club and was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan. Robert always enjoyed the calming peace he got with Red Man tobacco and Budweiser beer, giving them his fair share of business. Sundays were always the day for a large bowl of popcorn that was enjoyed by the family after church. He also was a master of making westerns, popcorn, and pan fried perch.
At the age of 18 he purchased property in West Wardsboro and built his own hunting camp with his father. It has had many years of use and memories. Target practice at camp was one of the many memories he shares with his children and grandchildren. Robert was a quiet man, but his words were always full of wit and wisdom.
Robert is survived by his wife Shirley (Adams) Pease, whom he married in Wilmington 56 years ago on April 2, 1967. They have two daughters, Heather Pease-Dix (husband Jeremy Dix) and Amanda Pease (companion Sean Barber); and grandchildren Quinlan, Lillian, and Elizabeth Barber. He is also survived by his brother Warren Pease and sister Sara Morse. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Brilliant.
The family would love for everyone to share memories and photos. Please send on an index card or bring to the services, which will be held later in the summer. Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Deerfield Valley Rescue Squad, c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.