2006-12-28 / Obituaries

Captain Forrest A. Pease, USN (Ret.)

Captain Forrest “Buster” A. Pease, USN (Ret.), 91, of Jamestown, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006 at home. He was the husband of Margaret (Hall) Pease with whom he celebrated their 60th anniversary this year.

He was born April 10, 1915 at Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester, Maine, to Fred Forrest and Alwilda Hatt Pease. His family resettled in the South Shore area in the early 1920s. He graduated from Quincy High School, Quincy, Mass., in 1933, and from Brown University in 1937, and was a member of the Brown football and wrestling teams.

He entered the Navy in 1939 and was designated a naval aviator at Pensacola, Fla., in 1940. He started out flying seaplane patrol bomber missions and then antisubmarine carrier-based aircraft. Capt. Pease was one of the pioneers

of early airborne antisubmarine

warfare tactics and was in the first Navy atomic weapon carrying aircraft squadron.

Toward the end of the war, he met his future wife Specialist (S) First Class Margaret Hall, while they were both stationed in Washington, D.C.

Capt. Pease had a 31-year career as a naval officer. During his tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Lake Champlain he welcomed Alan B. Shepard back to earth after the historic first manned space flight in May of 1961. Later, as the commanding officer of South Weymouth Naval Air Station, he made news around the globe when he fell off of the high diving board in full uniform during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the swimming pool that he had designed.

Capt. Pease was stationed at Quonset Point as chief of staff for Commander Fleet Air Quonset, then went on to Yokosuka, Japan, as chief of staff for Commander Naval Forces Japan. His last tour of duty was in New York City as chief of staff for Commander Eastern Sea Frontier.

He retired from the Navy in 1971 and settled in Jamestown in 1975, moving into the same house where he and his family lived in the early 1960s.

Capt. Pease enrolled in the fisheries program at the University of Rhode Island, where he received the Associate in Science degree in 1978.

An avid sailor since his youth on Massachusetts Bay, he enjoyed one-design racing as well as cruising the New England coast and was a member of the New York Yacht Club since 1965.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Fred Forrest Pease, Susan Pease Nicholson and Barbara Pease Renner; three grandchildren: Justin Guy Ballou IV, Sarah Jane Pease and Nathaniel Lovett Pease; a sister, Laurel P. Oliver of Florida; and eight great grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Karen P. Ballou.

Memorial contributions can be made to Opportunity Farm, P.O. Box 65, New Gloucester, Maine 04260, a residential school for at-risk youth founded by his father in 1910.

Private funeral arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute. www.waring-sullivan.com

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