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Peter Straw Kidd

Peter Straw Kidd

June 5, 1947 - June 12, 2020
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Peter Straw Kidd, also known as Igbear and Dr. Blossom, died at the BSA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas on June 12, 2020 at 7:09 in the morning, after having recently celebrated his 73rd birthday with close family members on June 5th at his residence in Canyon, Texas. Peter was born in 1947 to R. Richard Kidd and Joan Straw Kidd in Springfield, Illinois. At the age of four, his family, including Martha and James Richard, followed his father’s career as a corporate executive, moving to New Canaan, Connecticut, a commuter town to New York City. It was in New Canaan that Peter came to know life-long friends Gregory Raymond, Hiland M. Hall, and Tim Lovitt. Excelling as a football player in highschool and being nimble of mind, Peter went on to study International Affairs and Political Science at Columbia University in New York. By junior year, Peter realized he had no spiritual equals on campus, deciding to abscond on a Yugoslavian freighter to Morocco, where he joined Hall, Raymond, and Lovitt in Tangier, living through events narrated in his novel, The Moroccan Grail. Peter spent three years in Morocco, working with British historian and occultist Trevor Ravenscroft to rewrite the history of French king, Charlemagne. It was during the writing of this history that Peter met Michel Angela Petersen, Ravenscroft's daughter, a union that lasted long enough to give birth to daughter Sophia Grace. Some years later, Peter Kidd married Edna Marie Doucet, with whom he raised three children, Alexander Straw, Matthew Doucet and Ella Kidd, along with Sophia, in Bedford, New Hampshire. Peter worked for himself, building Landscapes by Peter Kidd, a successful professional practice based upon his love of beauty in design and attention to nature's cycles of death and rebirth. He went on to become President of New Hampshire Landscape Association, writing a regular column for the organization's newsletter. When his children left home he moved to Texas to live with his love and life partner, writer Linda Rowland Stone. Peter wrote fiction, reviews, and plays, as well as poetry. Novels include three books: The Raven, The Moroccan Grail, and Murder in Manchester, all to be published posthumously. Two large volumes of poetry include The Human Condition, upcoming 2021, and Bums Rush, a tribute to San Francisco poet, Bob Kaufman. Peter started Igneus Press in 1990, which has published approximately 50 books of poetry and plays. Peter is survived by by his life partner, Linda Stone, and Linda's three children whom Peter loved as his own; Philip Brec Stone, Stacy Deon Tucker, and Sarah Alyson Stone. Peter is also survived by sons Alexander and Matthew, daughters Sophia and Ella; and sister, Martha Kidd-Cyr.
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Gary Hunter

Posted at 06:55am
My conversations with Peter were always world class as I enjoyed and drank deeply from this kindred spirit's well of wisdom. May any of us be as well-traveled, as well-surrounded by great minds, and raise as many fine individuals. It was an honor to know Peter and perchance to serve his family.
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Alexandra Hawley

Posted at 01:58pm
I send heartfelt condolences to the entire family....I will never forget this friend, many memories that go way back to New Canaan High School....was happy to stay in touch through the years....Happy journeys into The Great Beyond, Peter....you are greatly missed ☀️🌦🌧🌈💟
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Ryan Sullivan

Posted at 10:36pm
Oh Peter... my heart is heavy my fellow poet.
When my old man passed u were there for me, lending an ear and your words of extreme and I mean EXTREME wisdom. I’ll never forget the holidays in Bedford. Hopefully you’re with my old man smoking that good good sensimelia! I will miss our talks. Your memory shall live on in my poetry. Love you Uncle Peter.
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Susan Horn

Posted at 08:24pm
I have such fond memories of Peter playing Risk at our house with my brother, Chip, and their other friends. I was the younger sister and Peter was always nice to me. May he Rest In Peace.
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Chip

Posted at 05:04pm
Miss you my brother Love and we will be together
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