John S. Rider, who worked at Agway Energy Products, Webber Energy Fuels, and Dead River Co., and had been a member of the Better Home Heat Council of New Hampshire, died on Feb. 14 at his home in Swanzey, New Hampshire. He was 70. He had multiple myeloma, according to an obituary published online.
His most recent employment was at Southwestern Community Services, where he worked as an Outreach Coordinator for homeless veterans, and as an assistant apartment manager in housing services. Prior to working at SWCS, he had served on the board of directors.
Rider was born in Peterborough, to the late Nellie B. (Patterson) and John Rider, on February 12, 1950. He was raised by his mother, known as “Snookie,” and his stepfather, Alfred “Buddy” Merrill. Rider graduated from Conant High School in Jaffrey in 1969 where he participated in baseball, basketball, soccer and skiing.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and served from 1971-1977. On Feb. 25, 1972, he married Karen Madden at Fort Jackson, S.C. She survives him.
Rider was a member of the Rotary Club, where he had served as president and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He also participated in “Jane’s Kids,” a program that helps provide clothing for school-age children.
Rider enjoyed sports, playing in and serving as president of the Greater Keene Men’s Softball League as well as the Keene Senior Softball League. He was a Swanzey Little League coach, a youth soccer coach and a co-founder of the Monadnock Soccer Club. He also coached J.V. softball at Monadnock Regional High School.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 4 in Keene, a past senior vice commander and a member of the Color Guard, and a trustee of Mt. Caesar Union Library. He started the Keene Veterans Summit and was one of the founders of VET Inc. He served on a committee to raise funds to build the Park Theater in Jaffrey, and he also participated in the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his wife, he is survived he is survived by sons Kyle, Jeremy and Matthew, as well as grandchildren; and half-siblings. A sister, Jody, pre-deceased him. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of John S. Rider, to:
The Mt. Caesar Union Library Elevator Fund 628 Old Homestead Hwy Swanzey, NH 03446 or the American Legion Post 4 797 Court St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.