Dave Pierson passes away, another beacon of Island history to honor and lift up.

Sad news descends on the Isles of Shoals community once again, as a beloved member passed away.  Dave Pierson worked at Star Island for 25 years, from 1969 to 1994.  He was Island Engineer and winter caretaker with his wife, Edith Pierson for 18 years.

Dave Pierson by chapel, Portsmouth Herald September 20, 1991

There will be a memorial service for Dave and Andy Gordon, who we lost in the spring, on September 2nd, during the Pelican Reunion conference at 2pm in the Star Island Chapel.

A 2005 article about Dave and Edith Pierson recalling thier caretaking days on Star.

A 2010 Boat News honoring Dave and Edith Pierson with the Maker of Light Award (starting on the second page):

Nancy Meyer remembers, “Dave was quiet, patient, and
unfailingly kind. He used to urge us to take days off, to
avoid burn out. When we’d ask when his last vacation
was, he’d answer, ‘every day is a vacation.’ And there
was even a song made up about Dave: “Roll, roll, roll
your boat, gently down the lawn. How can a man who’s
twice our age still be twice as strong?”

Dave Pierson with granddaughter and wife Edith on Star Island dock, Boston Sunday Globe May 15, 1994

Dave Pierson in the stone village, NH Profiles April 1986

Dave Pierson feeding the flock that supplied fresh eggs for himself and Edith in the winters on Star, NH Profiles April 1986

Dave and Edith Pierson with flowers, Boston Sunday Globe June 4, 1989

Dave Pierson with his morning coffee, Yankee Magazine January 1979

Winter scene on star and Pierson’s island sheep

Dave and Edith Pierson, Portsmouth Herald September 20, 1991

Dave Pierson ascending the Oceanic stairs during winter caretaking rounds, Yankee Magazine, January 1979

Dave and Edith’s contribution to the 1976 Pelican Pages

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7 thoughts on “Dave Pierson passes away, another beacon of Island history to honor and lift up.

  1. Pingback: Community mourns the loss of Dave Pierson | Star Island Family Retreat and Conference Center

  2. Thanks, Melissa. Many of us remember Dave, but your work let’s others, new to Star, to begin to understand it’s unique history, to which he and Edith contributed so much. We’ll miss him dearly. Brenda Watts

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