- Patricia Rich Ek, teacher, 75, of Lee died at home on July 9, 2017 with family and friends at her side. She was born March 5, 1942 in Newport, NH, to Charles and Hazel Rich of Newport. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, Ray Bliss Rich. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Roger Ek; son, Adam Ek and wife Ailsa and grandson David of Merrimack, NH; son Matthew Ek and wife Candace of Portland, ME; brother Charles F. Rich of Newport, NH; sister Cheryl Smet of Rutland, VT; sisters-in-law: Suzanne (Ek) Cook and her husband Ralph of PA, Joan Rich of Hillsboro, NH, and best friends Peter and Lois Wivagg of Tolland, CT.
Pat attended the Newport schools, graduating from Towle High School, Class of 1960 as valedictorian. She went on to the University of NH, graduating Cum Laude in 1964 with a BA in English Education. Pat began her teaching career in a high school with 4,400 students. She taught 160 students in her first year out of college. Many were new immigrant students, and Pat taught them English after school. Her voluntary class grew to 153 students and became the first English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the nation. She was the national Women's Field Archery champion in 1958. Pat got her first deer with a bow on her grandfather's farm. She was a Navy wife, keeping home and hearth safe as Roger served in the Navy. Pat earned two master's degrees in education and taught in six states; she was a child advocate for those students who had no advocates. Her ham radio call was N1ZDH. An advanced EMT, Pat saved lives. She served on many boards in many organizations. An avid outdoors woman, Pat climbed mountains, ran most of Maine's white water rivers and won sled dog races. She was the NH state Debate Champion and a great story teller, most recently with Project Appleseed. She will be missed.
There will be no calling hours. A family gathering will occur at a later date. At Pat's request, her ashes will be placed on the west shore of Chesuncook Lake, looking east at Mount Katahdin.
Published on  July 13, 2017