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Peter Hill Beard

January 22, 1938 ~ April 19, 2020 (age 82)

Obituary

April 19, 2020, A statement on behalf of Peter Beard’s family:

“We are all heartbroken by the confirmation of our beloved Peter’s death. We want to express our deep gratitude to the East Hampton police and all who aided them in their search, and also to thank the many friends of Peter and our family who have sent messages of love and support during these dark days.”

“Peter was an extraordinary man who led an exceptional life. He lived life to the fullest; he squeezed every drop out of every day. He was relentless in his passion for nature, unvarnished and unsentimental but utterly authentic always. He was an intrepid explorer, unfailingly generous, charismatic, and discerning. Peter defined what it means to be open: open to new ideas, new encounters, new people, new ways of living and being. Always insatiably curious, he pursued his passions without restraints and perceived reality through a unique lens. Anyone who spent time in his company was swept up by his enthusiasm and his energy. He was a pioneering contemporary artist who was decades ahead of his time in his efforts to sound the alarm about environmental damage. His visual acuity and elemental understanding of the natural environment was fostered by his long stays in the bush and the “wild-deer-ness” he loved and defended. He died where he lived: in nature.”

“We will miss him every day.”

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
April 29, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
O'Connell-Rothwell Funeral Home
30 Little Plains Road
Southampton, NY 11968

Prayer Service
Wednesday
April 29, 2020

12:00 PM
Sacred Hearts-Jesus/Mary Cemetery
231 County Road 39A
Southampton, NY 11968

Interment
Wednesday
April 29, 2020

12:00 PM
Sacred Hearts-Jesus/Mary Cemetery
231 County Road 39A
Southampton, NY 11968

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