Stratham Cooperative Middle School teacher mourned as man dedicated to helping others
Pease, who grew up in Newmarket, was a special education teacher and case manager at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham and had worked in the district for the last 17 years. He taught at Newmarket High School for five years before joining SAU 16 and working at the old Exeter AREA Junior High School before it closed and students moved into the new Cooperative Middle School (CMS) in 1998.
In the hours before his death, Pease had spent part of the day helping two middle school teachers who were in the process of moving. He also helped out Saturday at the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club’s annual Pizza Bowl, held at CMS to raise money for local children’s charities.
“This was his service club, and he really wanted students to be part of the community. He was involved with so many things. He was probably one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met,” said CMS Principal William Furbush.
“He was involved in the school with students on so many different levels beyond the classroom,” Furbush said.
Colleagues described Pease as a humble man who didn’t want recognition for his work.
The school has had grief counselors, social workers and the school psychologist on hand to help students and staff as they cope with the loss.
Pease leaves behind his wife, Jeanne, and teenage daughter, Morgan.
Services for Pease are planned for later this week.
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