BUCKLAND - Ernest P. Pike, 92, of North Street, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Poet's Seat Healthcare Center in Greenfield.
Ernie was born in Buckland on Nov. 23, 1920, the son of Percy and Marion (Spath) Pike. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the former Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls.
He was a veteran of WWII
having served with the U.S. Navy
Seabees, stationed at a repair base in the Southern Pacific.
Ernie was a teacher at various school systems including Hampton, NH, Attleboro, MA, Waltham, MA, locally at Pioneer and Turners Falls, where he also served as vice-principal. The final 10 years of his teaching career were at Fitchburg State College, after which he retired in the 1970s.
He was a member of the Buckland Historical Society for most of his life, as well as the caretaker of Mary Lyon's birthplace for most of his life. He was also a former member of the Mass. Teachers Association and was a Troop Leader for the Boy Scouts for 40 years.
Following his retirement, Ernie spent time in Florida where he kept busy doing carpentry, plumbing and electrical odd jobs.
Survivors include a son, James ""Pixie"" Pike and his wife Terri of Monroe Bridge; a daughter, Anna J. Rice and Dennis of Shelburne Falls; two granddaughters, Lurena Taylor and her husband Harry of Buckland and Carrie Shea and her husband Dan of Greenfield; great-grandchildren, Jeanna Taylor and Joseph Dufresne.
A funeral service will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Burial services will follow in Arms Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested memorial contributions be sent to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 (online at www.diabetes.org
) or the Buckland Historical Society, 32 Upper St., Buckland, MA 01338.
To send a message of condolence to Ernie's family, please visit: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com.