Kirman Arthur Pineo

  • Born: September 21, 1940
  • Died: July 13, 2019
  • Location: Franconia, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family


FRANCONIA, NH --Kirman Arthur Pineo, 79, of Franconia, died July 13, 2019 at Littleton Hospital following a short but severe illness.

Kirm was born June 21, 1940 in Wolfeboro, NH, the son of Avert and Hildred (Bradley) Pineo. He attended school in Bethlehem, NH and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of corporal, Combat Engineer NCO, high scores in marksmanship and certification in explosives.

Following his discharge, Kirm continued his service in the NH National Guard, and went to work in Franconia Notch State Park for the Cannon Mountain Ski Area, in his words, "until something better came along." He retired from Cannon Mountain in 1999 after working there for 35 years on mechanical and construction projects. He worked on construction of the new Aerial Tramway which opened in 1981. He was known as an expert snow groomer and spent many nights smoothing the trails for local skiers. After his retirement, he was asked to return to Cannon to work on one last construction project, the new Tuckerbook ski area, before continuing his "retirement" as a machinist and equipment operator. He was known for creating wonderful and useful items like wood splitters and Old Man of the Mountain andirons.

He married Edda (Hepworth) on January 1, 1993 and they made their home in Franconia. His many friends and family members remember him riding his blue and white classic Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, "Pinto," with Edda, and driving his black Ford dual-wheel truck to his "office" at a local restaurant.

Kirm was a machinist, a welder, a trucker, a mechanic, and a heavy equipment operator, known for his finesse with heavy machinery and for being able to solve difficult mechanical problems and manufacture just about anything in his home workshop. He had a keen sense of humor and a propensity to help people out of a jam

Kirm was a first generation American of Canadian and British ancestry on his mother's side. Over the years, Kirm traveled to the United Kingdom and Norway to visit family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brothers Ralph Pineo of Franconia and Raymond Pineo of Lisbon.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Edda; his four sisters, Lois and husband Damus Champagne of Littleton, June and husband George Paige of Lisbon, Joan Towle of Hudson, and Gail and husband Richard Rogers of Concho, Arizona; his sister-in-law Bonnie Pineo of Lisbon; and many nieces and nephews.

SERVICES -- A graveside service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, July 18 at the Elmwood Cemetery, Route 116 in Franconia for friends and family, followed by a celebration of life at his home on Sawmill Lane. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to a charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Kirman was an amazing guy with "Yankee ingenuity" and great sense of humor. He had some funny expressions I still credit him for when I use. When he needed something like a log splitter or wagon he would just weld and build it. He was a legend at Cannon Mountain where I grew up. Mostly, he was a guy that would do anything for anybody. He was a great neighbor to my elderly parents and that was a huge comfort to our whole family. Edda and Kirm seemed to have that charmed life together. Condolences to his family, you're all in our prayers.

Posted by Steve Lawrence - Westborough, MA - Family Friend   November 18, 2019

Our condolences to all his family ! we are so sorry for your loss and we know he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He is now with his brothers in heaven !

Posted by Bucky & Sandra Gould - Mesa, AZ - Family Friend   July 19, 2019

I first met Kirman when I was 5 or 6. Some kids might idolize superman. Kirm was the man. He ran the cats. Flew tractors under a tram to build a new tram. Some days he would call his truck a skidder other days it was different. All stuff he built himself. You could show up at his "office" and his truck would be configured differently every time. He gave me snow cat merchandise (hats , belt buckles etc.) Pretty cool when when your a little kid. I'd bust on him to have my race course groomed because I had a race the next day.
He had a great sense of humor. I still remember the hill billy wallet.
I damn near cried when I saw him wreck a Bully on Zoomer. He survived. One of the few operators that could run a cat before they invented a winch cat.
Cannon would not have been without Kirman.

Kirman I'll miss the office time time at the village house and the dutch treat. You're the man! God speed my friend.

Joe Hannon

Posted by Joe Hannon - Rindge, NH - Friend   July 19, 2019

Hi Kirman, this is your youngest sister in Arizona. I have many fond memories of you from my younger years, as I have not lived close to you in many years. I recall you saving me on Cannon Mtn, as I got my skis caught in a tree and you came along on your snowcat. I still have a letter you wrote me when you were overseas. You walked me down the aisle when I got married 52 years ago. Will always love you and hope to see you on the other side. With love, Gail

Posted by Gail Rogers - Concho, AZ - Sister   July 17, 2019

We moved to the Bethlehem area four years ago, and joined the Methodist Church where Kirman's wife Edda is the music director. They invited us to one of their parties, and we got to know Kirman as a kind friend. My grandfather was a tool and die maker, and I spent many summers and school vacations working with him in his shop. Walking into Kirman's shop took me back to my youth and great memories of working with my grandfather. Kirman's 40 years of work on Cannon Mountain has touched the lives of many local residents, and vacationing visitors. He loved to laugh, and had a great sense of humor that won him many close friends. Our prayers go out to Kirman and Edda, their families and dear friends.
Terry and Joni Martin

Posted by Terry and Joni Martin - Bethlehem, NH - Friend   July 15, 2019

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