Peter Riker Beaven

December 31, 1941 - July 25, 2022
Peter Riker Beaven

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Peter Riker Beaven, born 1941, in Waterville Maine, died in peace surrounded by loving family, on July 25th, 2022.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Malone Beaven, and children, Katie Goodrow, Daniel Beaven, and step children, Chris Harwood and Leslie Irvine. He was blessed
with nine grandchildren, ranging from 8 to 24 years-old.

His formative years were spent in Chicago IL, and then Rochester NY, where he attended Rochester University. His childhood was shared with his brother, Doug and sister, Sally.

Peter and Carol’s first encounter was as co-leads in a regional theater production of Brigadoon, and just like in that wonderful fable, they fell in love, remaining in an enchanted world of their own making, lasting more than 47 years.

Peter would describe his long and varied career in computer software design as an Information Technology Consultant. His work took him from Massachusetts to the New York area, settling his family in the NYC suburb of Pleasantville. After the four kids were grown, he and Carol relocated to Mid-Coast Maine, where they spent 25 glorious years in the Vacation State. In 2011, after Carol sold her real estate agency, they both “retired” to Leland NC. Peter continued to consult now and again, but primarily they enjoyed the lifestyle and cherished friends they made in the South—including their greatest passion, singing together with the Wilmington Choral Society. He was a lifelong learner, participating in the OSHER Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI) developing the Zoom capabilities used during the pandemic, furthering his education both formally and informally. Above all else, Peter was a person of empathy— a give the shirt off his back type. He was always happy to throw his desire to help others into any encounter that required it.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to either Dreams of Wilmington, a youth arts
education organization:
or The NAACP, an organization that Peter was involved with and passionate about:

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  • July 31, 2022
    Sally Beaven Elsasser says:
    It’s hard to find the words to say what my heart is feeling today. I’m remembering back from a time when it was Peter, Doug, and me. When school was out – moving to Deering was so fun. Spending time in the lake under the warm sun. Especially waterskiing for hours made us glad behind the boat that Peter built with Dad. A lot of time passed between the two of us – but these memories come with care and love. Knowing Carol, Katie, Dan, Chris and Leslie. will be held in Spirit’s gentle hands.

  • July 31, 2022
    Sally Beaven Elsasser posted an image:
    photo of me,  Peter and Doug
    photo of me, Peter and Doug

  • July 30, 2022
    John and Carole VanGorder says:
    Carol and family, we would like you to know how much we will miss Peter's good humor, cheerful disposition and willingness to give time to his community and friends. Peter was kind, empathetic, and patient with everyone. He was a good model for us all. Peace and blessings to your family.

  • July 30, 2022
    Bill Petty says:
    I too have fond memories of the Deering lake in N.H. I also remember the boat that Peter was so proud of. In particular, I remember there was a young man with cerebral palsy who came up to the lake with his family. Although he had little control over his body, he was quite brilliant. Peter would lovingly help him into his prized boat and take him out for spins on the lake. The summer of 1963 he and I and John Everton spent the summer clearing forest at a nearby state park. I always enjoyed is quick wit and well developed sense of humor. I lost touch many years ago, but the memory of him remains and I am sorry for his leaving too soon.

  • July 30, 2022
    Barbara, Matthew and Emily lit a candle:
    Lit since July 30, 2022 at 7:45:01 PM