Robert B. Peirce, of Dedham, passed away Saturday, October 1st, after a 6 year battle with prostate cancer. He fought with strength, hope, and grace. He was surrounded by his many family and loved ones at the time of his passing.

Bob was born in 1939 in Upper Darby, PA. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went on to do post-graduate studies at Queens University in Canada and Northeastern University. Bob spent his career in television and post production here in the Boston area, including positions as Director of Engineering for E.E.N. and co-founder of Pisces Productions.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman, pursuing his passions for rock and tree climbing, sea kayaking, bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Bob also enjoyed putting his MacGyver-like skills to work building furniture and doing home repairs. But, above all, Bob was happiest spending time with his beloved wife Angela Kane, his children Robert Peirce and wife Liz, Garry Peirce and wife Brenda, daughter Lisa (Peirce) Boyle and husband John, stepchildren Bernadette (Kane) Goudreault, John Kane and wife Kristin, Rich Kane, Linda (Kane) Maerov and husband Jeff, and Grandchildren Alex, Kate, Jenna, Cammie, Adriana, Ben, Andrew, Haley, and Samantha.

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Dan Everett

My first public television job was at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in the 1970s. Bob was at EEN in those days, and he was one of the first to welcome me to the extended public television community when I attended my first regional meeting in Boston. Those were the days of interconnected microwave systems between Boston and New Hampshire, New Hampshire and Maine, and so on. Bob kept track of it all and made sure feeds could go off in all directions. Those were the days of two-inch videotape and tape bicycles. Bob made sure the recordings were of… Read more »

Garry Peirce

Although my father did not work at WGBH, I’m sure he knew many that did, as he was active in the Boston television community during, I’d say, the 70’s through the 90’s. I don’t know specifically who his ‘GBH contacts were, but I would think some older alumni may well remember him. If my understanding is correct, EEN was the predecessor to American Public Television, which distributed programming to entities such as the National Educational Television Network, which later became PBS. I spent many hours myself in his various offices through the years: EEN, Channel 68, Sportschannel, Target Productions, Pisces… Read more »