Richard ‘Dick’ Peregrine, 85
July 29, 1929 -- Dec. 20, 2014

Richard 'Dick' PeregrineRichard “Dick” Peregrine, retired athletic director and coach at Homestead High School, Mequon, passed away Dec. 20, 2014. Born to Paul and Margaret (Mueller) on July 29, 1929, and married Patricia (nee Pagel) on July 15, 1950.

The leadership Dick provided to students and coaches from the first year Homestead opened in 1959 and throughout his 30-year career, set the framework and standards for the future of Homestead’s comprehensive and successful athletics program. He was known for his pursuit of excellence and motivated students and coaches to push the limits of their abilities. He understood the lasting impact coaches have on the development of young people. He was honored in the first group of inductees to the Homestead Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dick’s influence was felt beyond the school as he spent three terms as president of the Conference Athletic Directors and as a founding member and first president of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. He also served as director of the Milwaukee Bucks summer basketball camps.

Dick’s involvement in sport continued after retirement, traveling to play golf with wife, Pat, and as a national champion table tennis player.

In the summers, he enjoyed his work and friends at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course.

He was a great family man and loved to spend time with his six children and their families. Dick is survived by Patricia, his wife of 64 years; and his children, Kim (Patrick Buechs), Jill (Gary Vanderspool), Holly Doherty (Will Jamison), Lynn (Peter Colgren), Peggy (Michael Spear) and Joel (Melanie Ariens). Loving grandfather to Erin (James Mach), Megan, Lukas, Emma, Cale, Ana, Riley, Dora and Liam.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Dick’s name to the Milwaukee Water Commons, an environmental organization promoting protection of our Great Lakes. Memorials can be directed to MEC / MWC, Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, Attn: Martha Spencer, 1845 N. Farwell Ave., Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please see www.schramkafuneralhome.com for additional information and to send condolences to the family. A memorial service is planned for a date to be announced.