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.