Robert E. Pike of Andover, Mass., died on Nov 16, 2017, of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84. Born a child of the depression to Cyril and Cicley Pike, Bob led an accomplished life full of love and adventure.
Bob started his journey on February 10, 1933, as the youngest of eight children. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, climbing trees and picking apples under the watchful eye of his multiple older siblings. He graduated from Dover High School and enlisted in the Army during the Korean War, serving a tour in Greenland. From there, he paid his way through college at UNH on the GI Bill, and eventually earned his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Harvard University.
Bob was one of the smartest people you would ever meet. He could fix anything — from a kitchen sink to a broken-down jalopy to a child’s untied shoe. He had the patience and aptitude to do whatever he put his mind to. He was a whiz with technology, jumping in to the digital world when it first arrived and spending a highly successful professional career rising through the ranks of several technology companies. He was a pilot, an avid skier, and sailor. He even taught himself how to ride a horse bareback. He loved nature, especially Lake Winnipesaukee, Hampton Beach, and Yosemite. While not religious, he followed a moral compass from which he never wavered.
His biggest passion was his family. He met his "Poopsie,” Mary Coco, while working for Bell Laboratories and they married 1962. Together in Andover, Mass., they raised two marvelous children, Karen Pike (San Jose, Calif.) and John Pike (Danville, N.H.). Bob and Mary were inseparable for 54 years of marriage, both in sickness and in health. Bob was never one to leave Mary out of any adventure.
The last few years were difficult. Having watched many of his siblings suffer from dementia, he knew what eventually would come. New England pragmatism was Bob’s hallmark, and through advanced planning and the love and devotion of his family, he was able to remain home up to the very end. He was at peace.
Bob is survived by his children, Karen Pike (San Jose, Calif.) and John Pike (Danville, N.H.), as well as their spouses and four wonderful granddaughters. And of course Layla, his exuberant great-granddaughter, who filled his final days with endless joy.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association to help combat this devastating disease.
A celebration of his life is planned for April, 2018.
Published on  November 17, 2017