We are saddened to learn of the passing of former GOP Vermont House of Representatives member Ira Pike. Ira was a longtime supporter of the VTGOP before, during and after his service in the Vermont Legislature. He was a strong advocate for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and common sense. He was a dedicated servant to his town and state and will be deeply missed by those who knew and worked with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and our sincere thanks to them for sharing him with us and the entire state.
– Dave Sunderland, Chair, VTGOP
Read Obituary Below:
MENDON – Ira Mark Pike, 72, of Mendon, died at home in the care of a family friend on Dec. 30, 2013, with cancer.
Calling hours, culminating in a funeral service to be officiated by Mr. Pike’s brother, Herb Pike, will be held at Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Mr. Pike was born in Newark, N.J., to Morris and Lillian Pike on Nov. 18, 1941. He graduated from West Orange High School in 1959 and attended Fairleigh-Dickinson University, joining in the family electrical business.
Being an avid golfer and skier and visitor to the Rutland area, Mr. Pike decided to move to Mendon in 1972 where he practiced as a master electrician and owner of Pike Electric. He was a certified ski patroller and certified patrol examiner, and he served on the board of the Rutland-Regional Rescue Squad and at Killington as a ski patroller and ski school instructor. His exceptional skill handling a rescue toboggan led to him being chosen as a patroller for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, which he would have attended but for a broken leg suffered while on vacation in Austria.
Over the years, Mr. Pike served multiple terms as a selectman for the Town of Mendon and also served the towns of Mendon, Bridgewater, Killington and Chittenden as their state representative in Montpelier. He was a justice of the peace and a well-known and respected voice of confidence and fiscal responsibility.
Mr. Pike is survived by his two sons, Hunter Pike and Cameron Pike; his brother, Herb Pike; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Volunteer Otter Ski Patrol at Killington.