Manchester, NH-Peter James Bridges, 50, beloved husband of Heather Jean (Stockwell) Bridges, with whom he shared two years of marriage, died Thursday, June 1, 2006 at Lahey Clinic in Burlingon, MA, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Yonkers, NY on April 8, 1956 the son of the late James Oliver Bridges, an advertising executive, and Mrs. Joan (Doerr) Bridges, a secretary. He earned a Music Education degree with a concentration in organ from Ithaca College. He taught at the Oswego Middle School in Oswego, NY for one year and then spent 15 years as a music teacher and choir director at the Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, NJ.
Upon leaving Westfield, NJ, Mr. Bridges moved to New London, NH and worked at the East Derry School of Music. Subsequently, he opened a music studio at Ted Herbert Music School in Manchester, where he gave instruction in voice, piano and keyboard. He served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University, where he directed the University Choral Group, the SNHU Singers.
Mr. Bridges served as a musical director and musician for over 300 productions over the course of his career. His career included numerous performances as music director for the New Thalian Players, The Palace Theatre, Music and Drama Company, the Peacock Players, the New London Barn Playhouse, Concord Community Players, the Misfit Toys Players, Manchester Community Theatre Players, the St. Anselm Abbey Players, and the Majestic Theatre. He also served as a volunteer Music Director for the Londonderry Leach Library Summer Drama Club.
Mr. Bridges' musical philosophy was to "glorify God and inculcate a love of music." This philosophy was most evident in his beloved positions as Director of Music at The First Baptist Church of Bradford, NH and Organist at St. Theresa Church of Henniker, NH.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bridges is survived by a 19-month-old son, James Edward; his mother, Mrs. James O. Bridges of Georges Mills, NH; a sister, Cheryl Ann Bridges of Omaha, NE; and a cousin, John O. Hand of Washington, DC.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at the Congregational Church of Hooksett, NH with The Rev. David Richardson and The Rev. Lynne Hubley, officiating. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Church immediately following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the James E. Bridges Educational Fund, c/o Lake Sunapee Bank, P.O. Box 37, New London, NH 03257.
Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is in charge of arrangements. For more information and to sign an online guestbook please visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com.
Published online on June 4, 2006 courtesy of Chadwick Funeral Service.