Peter Eugene Thorngren

Peter Eugene Thorngren, age 63, died on April 18, 2016, at his home in Temple, NH, sur­rounded by his lov­ing family, after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was born on September 14, 1952, in Concord, NH, to the late James Ju­lius Wright and Ja­net Paula (Troy) Thorngren. He grew up in New York and New Hampshire and was raised by his mother and stepfather Carl Robert Thorngren. He completed high school in New Hamp­shire and in 1994 earned his baccalaureate from the Adult Degree Program at Vermont College of Nor­wich University.

Early in his career, Pe­ter was a telephone line­man contractor with J.H. Walker Co. in Vermont and then with Continental Tele­phone Company in Maine. He built power lines in New Hampshire with the Sea­ward Construction Com­pany. He was transferred to Fort Kent, Maine, as a tele­phone installer and was lat­er promoted to supervisor in Stockton Springs, Maine. He was promoted again to Service Center Manager at Contel, again in Maine, and to State Manager with GTE Corporation in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. In 1993, Peter helped build the first Internet access for Wilton Telephone Company in New Hampshire and often made house calls to support cus­tomers with their new home computers. By 2004, he was working in Nashua, NH for EqualLogic, a computer data storage company later acquired by Dell, in IT cus­tomer support. He remained happily employed there well past his diagnosis.

Peter was a longtime member of the Temple Vol­unteer Fire Department and was a nationally regis­tered EMT/I. He was also a nationally registered ski pa­troller at Temple Mountain for many years. He was a member of the internation­al firefighters’ motorcycle club, the Red Knights NH, Chapter IV.

He loved motorcycling, hiking, camping, fishing and sailing. Peter was an avid, industrious gardener who built two hoop houses, a root cellar, and a huge gravity-fed irrigation system. With a deep respect for the land, he har­vested honey from the bees he kept, maple syrup from the trees he tapped, jam and wine from his raspber­ries, and copious amounts of preserved vegetables from his massive gardens. He also grew and ground rye to bake his own bread. Known as "Farmer Pete," he often brought eggs and honey into work to sell and share and donated vegeta­bles to S.H.A.R.E Food Pan­try in Milford. Peter was a registered Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and a black­belt in Uechi-Ry? Karate.

Peter is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara Ann (Carstens) Thorngren; his son Alex Thorngren of Norwich, VT, wife Naomi and daughter Clara; and son Ashley-Michael Brampton currently stationed in Ko­diak, AK, wife Ashley, and sons Aiden and Cole. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Thorngren of Green­ville, NH; a sister, Susan Barmore of Portsmouth, NH, husband Robert, sons Ryan and Troy; a sister-in-law, Victoria E. Mellon of Temple, NH, husband Keith Olewine, and children Tim, Emma-Rose, Sam, and Noah; nieces Samantha and Elizabeth; grand-niece Isa­belle-Rose; and Aunt Bes­sie. He was predeceased by his father and his sis­ter, Cecelia Irene (Wright) McHugh.

A memorial celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 2:00pm at the Congrega­tional Church of Temple, 17 Main Street, Temple, NH, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to his local hospice pet pro­gram. Please write checks to "Hospice at HCS/Pet Peace of Mind Program," and mail to Hospice at HCS, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH, 03431.