Peter Pearson: Remembering A Union Founder

Peter Pearson: Remembering A Union Founder

March 23, 2015


H. Peter Pearson, 94, of Merrimack, NH, died March 2, 2015, after a period of declining health.

  Peter was born in Yorkshire England and played rugby with the Huddersfield Rugby Football Club. His English playing career was cut short by World War II when he served as a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force. Peter, of course, played rugby for the RAF when able. Later he married an American, Mary Elizabeth Weymann, and settled in the United States.

  Peter's love of the game continued throughout his lifetime. He was instrumental in establishing rugby clubs at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Well-respected as a teacher and a coach, well-loved as a mentor and a friend, his legacy lives on.
Gary Devoe a Colby alum and a member of the New England Rugby Referee's Society shared these memories regarding Peter at Colby:
"Peter came by a Colby practice one day in 1977 and offered to help us. He
helped in countless ways--supporter, mentor, friend. We'd go to his home and
read Rugby magazine, which he received from England each month. We made up
and sold t-shirts as a fundraiser, one of them had the Lions/Pontypool front
row on it, a duplicate of one of the magazine covers. Apparently copyrights
weren't protected as robustly back then!
Peter also arranged and organized Colby's first overseas rugby tour, to
England in (I think) spring 1980 (I went as a recent grad.) We played the
London Welsh U-19s (and got spanked), his old London club Old Millhillians
and another "Old" club. Stayed in London, practiced at Hyde Park and drank
at the Bunch of Grapes, a pub in Knightsbridge where the hostel was located.
Peter's friend ran Rugby Travel Twickenham and I believe Peter subsidized
the trip for many. He provided ties and hooped socks, I still have both. The
only thing he asked us to bring back for him was a case of mushy peas!"

Mr. Pearson's full obiturary can be found here. A private burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NH Food Bank or the National Wildlife Federation.