Rev. Henry J. Pease, 75, died early Thursday morning, Mar. 13, 2008. He served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, 1972-98. In retirement, he served as priest-in-charge of St George’s Church, Nanticoke, for eight years.
He was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Exeter, N.H., to the late Perley H. & R. Mary (Wright) Pease.
Rev. Pease graduated from Seymour High School in Connecticut; Blackburn College in Illinois; received a Master’s of Economics from the University of Tennessee; and, a Master’s of Theology from the Philadelphia Divinity School.
Ordained a priest in 1965, he served as an assistant at St. Stephen’s Church, Wilkes-Barre, for six years before being called to serve Montrose. Prior to seminary and ordination, he worked at Dun and Bradstreet and as a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve in Philadelphia.
During a courageous journey into Ecuador in 2000, he rescued three grandsons, ages 3, 5 and 8, whom he raised in his Saddle Lake home near Tunkhannock where he had been living alone and legally adopted them to be his sons.
He was also an adjunct professor of economics at Kings College and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre since 1966.
Informing some 90 clergy colleagues at the Chrism Mass of Pease’s death, Bishop Paul Marshall said Rev. Pease was “the most non-anxious person I knew, always positive, always having a word of encouragement for his colleagues and for his bishop.”
He was long active in concerns of the 14-county Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem where he held many leadership positions. For 20 years, he served also as an Education for Ministry mentor in Montrose and Scranton.
In the community, he owned Country Care Personal Care Home, he served as board chair of Trehab, a community action agency serving six rural counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna/Wyoming Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross, former member of the Montrose Rotary Club where he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, served as President of Montrose Literacy Council, the Montrose Recreation Committee and NY-Penn Board. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award through the Boy Scouts of America.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Pease-Darde, Montrose; son, John Stephen Pease, Tunkhannock; adopted sons, Francisco David Pease, Dominic Luis Pease and Simon Alexander Pease; grandsons, Eric Justin Darde and Bradley Matthew Darde; former wife, Vivian N. Pease; and cousins, Bruce Wright and Stanley Wright.
He was dedicated to his family and loved them very much.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, with Rev. Paul Marshall, Bishop of the Diocese presiding. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Interment in Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Friends of Historic St. Paul’s, 60 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801.
Arrangements by Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA 18801.