SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 17, 2013

Eileen (Cleary) Pike, 68


Peabody — Mrs. Eileen (Cleary) Pike, wife of the late Robert J. Pike, mother of Jeremiah and grandmother of three, passed away Wednesday at the age of 68.

Born on November 11, 1944, she was the daughter of the late G. Ezmond Cleary and the late Astrid (Pentilla) Cleary, and was a member of the last graduating class of Danvers’ Holten High School in 1962. Eileen married her best friend, Bob, in 1967 and together with their son, Jeremiah, embarked on camping trips around the country that became known as “Pikeathons.”

After retiring from New England Telephone, Eileen began her second career as "The Deli Lady" at Danvers Market Basket. However, her true devotion was to her family, her pets, and the extended family of her Wahtera Road neighbors, with whom she shared numerous adventures, from trips to Mt. Agamenticus to long days at the beach, from gardening to savoring summer concerts at Salem Willows. In addition to being a talented quilter, Eileen learned to knit after her retirement and, with her neighbors, formed a group known as "The Knitwits" that donated hundreds of scarves, hats, mittens and blankets to local charities. Eileen's dedication to learning to knit, and her fearlessness in tackling new projects, showcased her approach to life, with dauntless courage and an ever-ready sense of humor.

Eileen also delighted in the many educational and unforgettable adventures she shared with her grandchildren. Eileen touched the hearts of many and her love and laughter will be missed, but remembered, by all who knew her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held prior to the Mass from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Peabody. Burial will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations are being raised to purchase a bench at Salem Willows Park in Eileen’s honor. Please send contributions to Marie Lloyd, 9 East Garfield Ave., Beverly, MA 01915, with “Eileen’s Bench Fund” in the memo. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.