Hi Dad -
We miss you cutie and love you so much.
I an saddened to hear of Hazen's death. I met Hazen when I was an engineer at Micro Precision in Bern. I always appreciated his input and humor.
Jerry Ruchty, Coldwater Oh.
As a former co-worker and sometimes traveling companion at Micro-Precision, I always enjoyed talking with him about his experiences as a world traveler and all his other interests. Always a nice guy.
Mrs. Pingree and beloved daughters,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that your hearts will soon be filled only with the many beautiful memories you have of your farther and your times together as a family.
Dearest Elizabeth, Catherine and Mrs. Pingree : It breaks my heart not to be with you this weekend. Know that I have the fondest memories of Mr. Pingree that stay with me in Paris, especially when I see Metro Passy or an egg dish. Know I have been thinking about you all this whole week. Sending my love from Paris.
You're awesome and I love you so much.
I am so sorry for your loss. Getting to know Catherine, it's clear what an amazing and tight-knit family you have. You are all in my prayers.
I was very, very sad to hear of Hazen's passing. The last time he was able to take my phone call a few weeks ago he told me about the oral chemotherapy and its subsequent failure and about being rejected for an operation because of his age. I had hoped to visit him, but could not work it out with my obligations in Pittsburgh. I was pleased to hear he was able to manage his own life and affairs until the very end. He was always his own man.
Hazen and I met at Duke as sophomores majoring in mechanical engineering. Our friendship deepened after I joined his fraternity and moved into the ATO House. We were from very different backgrounds - he had grown up in Grosse Pointe Farms and I had grown up in Chelyan, WV an unincorporated community of 500 in a coal mining region - but we had so much in common that in October of 1958 he was my best man at my wedding and in 1961 I was an usher in his. During our time together at Duke I had stayed at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms and he had stayed at mine in Chelyan, WV. I learned an enormous amount from him and I'm sure you did also.
Thank you for letting me know of our loss. I wish you and your family the best in moving through the grieving process as I am experiencing now.
I must tell you how pleased I am to receive your charming and thoughtful note and obituary about your Father. You're terrific!
Surely, my reaction is similar to that of all of his ATO brothers: "Darn. Wish I could have spent more time with this great guy!"
Thanks, Catherine, for all you've done. Hazen would be very pleased.
Dear Barbara -
I was saddened to learn from Chuck Slater (via your daughter Catherine) of Hazen's death. When I initially heard that he was ill, I had a catch-up telephone conversation with him; then about two months ago, I thankfully had another last, brief chat with him. I will always remember him as an integral part of my life and will miss his wit and candor.
Hazen was the quintessential good guy. I met him at Duke in 1951, pledged ATO with him in the spring of 1952, and roomed with him during our junior year. At the beginning of that particular school year, he drove all the way from Grosse Pointe to my hometown of little Nazareth, PA (a trip which took him at least 300 miles out of his way) so that we could travel to Duke together in his Packard sedan. I can't tell you how many times we double-dated in that big, old, turtle-backed car, but I think we probably broke the all-time Duke record for dates in one semester. I vividly recall that he kept two framed photographs on his bureau: one of his mother and the other of his sailboat. They had equal billing.
When I married my first wife, Sally, In 1961, Hazen again drove all the way from Michigan to Lancaster, PA in order to serve as a groomsman in our wedding. Some years later, when he was single again and at loose ends and living in the Boston area, we invited him to spend a weekend with us, which he did. He had a chance to visit with his cousin, Barney Hull who, with his wife Gertie, had bought the house that Sally grew up in. How coincidental is that? We also introduced Hazen to two single women, but I sensed that he was somewhat distracted and seemed anxious to return to Boston. Shortly thereafter, we learned why: he had fallen in love with you, who were soon to become his wife. Although you and I have met only once (at one of the Duke reunions), it was quite apparent to me that you were the right person for Hazen. I know that he was very proud of you and, subsequently, of your two lovely daughters. The annual Christmas photos of the four of you kept us informed of you health and happiness. The most recent one, with Hazen resplendent in bow tie, resides on my desk.
Several years after Sally's death, Hazen made the effort to attend my next wedding in suburban Philadelphia. Unfortunately, my second marriage was less successful than Hazen's.
Luckily, I hit the jackpot with my current marriage to Katrina, and I'm really happy that she got the chance to meet Hazen at our 2005 Duke reunion.
I will fondly remember Hazen for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was his willingness to speak his mind. Not one to suffer fools, he knew how to "cut to the chase" and was usually right on the mark with his comments and assessments.
Katrina and I have both lost spouses to death, so we can empathize with your grief. Take heart in knowing that you had a really terrific guy in your life for all these years. Katrina joins me in extending our sincerest condolences to you and your daughters. Please keep in touch.
With love -
Barb & family, I was very saddened to hear of Hazen passing. He was great to work with and appreciated his contribution to our sales team. Sincerely, Orville
Dearest Pingree Family,
I give to you my sincere sympathy in the passing of our dear Hazen. He was a man who truly loved is family - so very proud of his girls. Knowing Hazen throughout our tenure at Micro Precision was a great blessing to me. Hazen and I had many common interests. I loved to hear him talk about his life and experiences. We enjoyed several business trips together. His knowledge of history and world events was of particular benefit on our overseas trips. I'll never forget how he would write his dear wife letters while on his business trips - Barbara, he loved you so much and you were so very good to him.
On one trip to France, Hazen introduced me to the Louis Vuiton store. (Being a farm boy from Berne, I'd never even heard of it.) Hazen shopped for a while and then requested that I leave the store, so that I wouldn't see how much money he spent on a gift for one of the daughters - I got such a kick out of that :) Hazen and I enjoyed our European breakfasts, he'd always take the homemade breads and jams. It was always great to travel with Hazen as both he and I were guys who did not partake of the after hours drinking and carousing. We would enjoy a good supper together, and then go to our separate rooms to read a book - he never succumbed to the idea that a salesman had to be the life of the party. This is one of the many aspects of Hazen that I appreciated.
On Hazen's last day at Micromatic, I gave a speech about him to our plant. I reminded everyone of Hazen's abilities and the great benefit that he provided Micromatic. I told everyone that Hazen is the smartest person I have ever known, that he not only was my mentor, but also a great friend. I will truly miss him.
May God be close to you and guide you through your mourning.
Barbara, Elizabeth, and Catherine; our family is so sorry for your great loss. We are happy to have shared in a small part of Hazen's glorious life. Your family pictures brought back many memories of watching all our children grow up.
The Heger Family: Anne, Jim, Monica, Stephanie, Brian and Julie
Barb, Tony and I are greatly sadden by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss seeing him and Annie on their walks
Holding all of you in our prayers. I have wonderful memories of Hazen when I would pick up Amy.
What a wonderful account of a life well lived. Prayers, Sarah Burdt Moyles life long friends with Paige Dotson Peabody
Dear Barbara, Elizabeth, & Catherine, I am sure you have many beautiful memories that you will forever cherish. Praying for peace & comfort for you all.
Love, Sheila Rich
Dear Pingree family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your many fond memories will comfort you in time. Pat Stath
I have fond memories of family gatherings with Hazen. He had a keen intellect and a quick smile. He will be missed!