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Dick Wollmar

Dick Johan Jacob Wollmar

Tuesday, November 15th, 1932 - Friday, February 5th, 2021
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Dick Johan Jacob Wollmar was born in Stockholm, Sweden
November 15,1932 and passed away February 5, 2021. He leaves behind his wife Mary Lou Wollmar, and his three children Monica King, Doug Wollmar (Evangeline), Jennifer Degen (Brian), 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He lived a long fulfilling life passing peacefully in his family home in Durham, New Hampshire.

He graduated from both Middlebury College and Cornell University Business School. He served in the U.S. Navy as a commander and pilot, and finished out his career working for the airlines as a Captain for Delta. He was an organic farmer for 30 years. One of the founders of the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market, he valued conservation of land and cooperative farming. He was known as a man of faith and one of the “kindest men you will ever meet.”

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southeast Landtrust, NH http://seltnh.org in his name. For details of Dick’s celebration of life on February 20 at 3 p.m. contact a family member or Saint Georges Episcopal in Durham, NH.
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Please contact a family member or Saint George's Episcopal Church in Durham, NH

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Jennifer Degen

Posted at 07:15pm
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Entrepreneur, Innovator, charitable, teacher, thoughtful, living the truth of what he loved – “Do what you love the rest will fall into place.”

Aside from dad’s upbringing, having been raised in private schools, going to well known colleges, dad cared most about his title as a farmer and being a kind man. He wanted to be remembered not for his many accomplishments: flying fancy planes in the Navy, inventing a solar fence, donations of all kinds of gifts to the environment. He was proud of growing early crops of organic tomatoes, seeing the effects of his organic mulch spread throughout Strafford county. The richness of the warm soil, and the joy of swimming in the pond after a hard worked day in the blazing August sun.

He was a friend, a neighbor, someone who took pride in 30 plus years of sobriety and doing the right thing. He was known as someone gave to people anonymously, not for recognition.

As a child growing up my most fond memories were walking in the woods and gathering edible things to eat: Mushrooms, fiddleheads, sasafrass root, to name a few. I also loved that he would volunteer at our school as a substitute teacher. He had a non typical schedule as a pilot, which made him available when we came home from school some days. Perhaps this is the reason it was easy to bond with dad, because he was home some days, he retired early, and he shared what he loved.

I know that I trusted dad inherently to solve many insurmountable problems I had, or Doug or Monica had. He was engaged in changing diapers, holding screaming grandchildren, taking on young adults to work on the farm to teach them about the soil and entrepreneurship. He was there through the hard stuff of emotional heartbreaks for all of us. To provide support after all of his children’s various traumas, mishaps, or visits to the emergency ward. He was there for the deepest losses, such as the death of his child and our sister Lisa, and for the greatest joys dancing Reggae happily at many family weddings. I appreciated the many hot breakfasts that he made for me in my teenage years to start my day.

Providing a roof over our heads, a steady calm presence, his steadfast trust in a higher power that has helped guide me and the many lives he touched. I have confidence that all will be well. He is and was and will be my rock, I will hold his model as a father in highest regard. Knowing that his presence, and commitment to what matters most, will live on in the family he cultivated and nurtured.

Steve McGuinness

Posted at 08:27pm
Working with Mr. Wollmar on the farm will always be one of the great memories of my childhood. Working the fields with the combine and caring for the farm animals is a story I’ve told my children. He was a true farmer. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve McGuinness
 
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Jennifer Degen Posted at 07:03am

Aww Steve, so nice of you to pop in here. I just uploaded a few pics. One with dad and my kids on the tractor. So many great memories with the neighborhood on the farm.
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Carl Larson

Posted at 05:18pm
Dick was a good guy to be around and a great guy to fly with. Sincere condolences to the family. May he rest in eternal peace.....
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Lisa & Phil Wilson

Posted at 10:52pm
With our sincere condolences and sympathy for your loss, and the loss of a fine soul.
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Phil Wilson

Posted at 10:48pm
Dick was a kind, loving man who had a passion for, among other things, conservation. We remember him as the "founder" of land conservation efforts in North Hampton, where he left a permanent legacy of protected land for generations to come. He was a gentleman and a Christian. May he rest in peace. Lisa & Phil Wilson
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