NEWPORT—Peter C. Friend, 84, passed away Aug. 26, 2010, at his residence. He was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Newport, a son of Norris and Isabel (Cooper) Friend.
He graduated from New Hampton (N.H.) Academy, Class of 1943 and graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. He served in the United States Army Air Corps as a nose gunner on a B-24 during World War II. After serving his country and graduating college, Peter joined the family business. In 1948, he married the former Beverly Perkins and together raised their family in Newport. They were married for 58 years until her death in 2006. Peter was a very active member of the Anah Shrine, where he served as Potentate in 1985. He will be remembered as an avid motorcyclist and skier. He started skiing Sugarloaf in the 1950s. In 1961, he built a camp there that fueled a family passion for the area and skiing for generations to come. In 1964, he founded the motorcycle division of Friend and Friend, Inc., where he worked until the time of his death.
He is survived by a son, Cooper and wife, Meredith Friend, of Ellsworth; a daughter, Anne and husband, Bill Pidgeon, of Milbridge; a brother, Gilman and wife, Donna Friend, of Newport; three grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Terri Hardiman, Megan and husband, Kyle Hildebrand, and Cooper P. Friend; three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport. A celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the High Street Congregational Church, Newport, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Burial will be in the family lot, Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Down East Family YMCA, P.O. Box 25, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Those who wish may leave written tributes and condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.