- Live Free Or Die -
When I think of my Uncle Pete, I feel like he fully embodied that spirit. A mountain man with a heart of gold, a man of the land, a man of the sea. In a contentious time in our country's history, he proudly served in the Navy as a Seabee in Vietnam.
He loved history and science, he collected National Geographic's since the '70s. He loved to build. One the things he loved most was his John Dear Tractor. He built barns and chicken coops and had a lifelong love of animals. He had rabbits and chickens, he loved watching the hummingbirds from his front porch. Throughout his life, he always had a dog by his side. His lost dog Max, would follow closely by Pete's side, taking cruises in the truck or laying on the ground next to the base of his chair.
While Pete never had kids of his own, he loved children, building legos and watching cartoons.
As a child, some of my favorite memories were coming home to New Hampshire, going fishing, rock hunting, breathing the mountain air and riding the ATV. To the dismay of my Mom, that was the first time I was ever aloud to drive a motor vehicle and I couldn't have been happier.
He had a love for country, for freedoms, friends, animals and family. He married his one true love Debbie and they moved to New Hampshire. He built a lifelong friendship with his best friend Roger and his family became Pete's family. My Mom and him were extremely close throughout his life. In her early years, he was a guardian and mentor. He took care of her and in his later life, she took care of him.
Pete kept the remains of their mother and his one and only wife close together. It is more than appropriate that the three of them are memorialized and entombed together today and for eternity. - Live Free Or Die - #LiveFreeOrDie #UnclePete #NewHampshire #VietnamVet