What a great guy. I just came across this today, living far from NJ now. Doc was a terrific guy and a great coach, one of the pillars I will always remember from high school.
Walt Schaeffler, WHRHS '93 XC Captain
Dear Mrs Peifer,
James Hendy class of 1987. With my deepest condolences, your husband was a very big influence in my young life at the time. He was a fabulous math teacher that enabled me to breeze through my freshman year in college. But, moreover he was a mentor, who always tried to steer young minds in the right direction. I will always remember "Doc" as I was somewhat of a pain to him, he wanted me to run, I wanted to pole vault! For 3 yrs his theory proved correct, in the 4th I think we came to an understanding and I went to the state finals and captured 3rd place. I will always remember when he told me (paraphrasing of course) " ok I guess you knew what you were doing" but without him I never would never have made it to that point. Many people can't even name one high school teacher, but rest assured I have never forgotten Doctor Peiffer! with my sympathies, James Hendy class of 1987
RIP Coach. So many years have passed but memories of our times together are always present. Thanks for giving of your self to so many young people. May God Bless You.
Ed Olearczyk WHRS Class of 1972
Coach Peiffer, was a coach ahead of his time, although his demeanor was one of calm support and guidance he was determined to drive us to excellence within ourselves. His practices spoke for themselves without loud commands, just good old fashion WORK.
My prayers and thoughts go out to you.
Tom Cogan W.H.R.H.S. '75 (-:
Cross Country and Track gave me purpose in high school. 30 years later I remember 15 miles a day in both summers and winters teaching me perseverance, discipline and instilling pride. I owe Coach a great debt.
My most sincere condolences at your loss.
Kathy, my deepest condolences. Coach has such a profound effect on my life. I pray the God will give you peace as you go through this difficult time,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful person and I was so lucky to have worked with him at Watchung Hills. He was a great coach, a caring teacher, and an excellent supervisor. Please accept my sincere sympathy. He will be missed by many.
I was deeply saddened when I learned of Bill's death. He was a wonderful man and a great high school coach. He was not only a rival, but a friend. He helped me in many ways in the early 70's and gained my utmost respect. We had many a great battle in cross country over the years and each one is a treasured memory. It was fitting that it was against Somerville that he gained his 300th victory. I remember the day very well. You have my condolences and prayers.
Bruce Kafer Somerville HS Cross Country coach
Mrs. Peiffer, I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I was introduced to Bill when I was a member of the WHRHS BOE, I really came to know him when he taught and coached my oldest son. As no one knows better than you, Bill was bestowed with many gifts, one of which was to make his students feel special and appreciated. He made a difference, a very positive difference, in the lives of so many children, mine among them. He will be greatly missed but remembered always with great affection. Believe me when I say, his legacy will shine brightly in all those many young lives he touched. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Mrs. Peiffer, I am sorry for your loss. Your husband was known to me as coach and Dr. Peiffer. He taught me math and he taught me how to run. I will never forget the years of being his student and his being my coach at WHRHS. A wonderful man - a caring and kind man. I am happy to have known him.
Kathy, I'm sorry for your loss. Coach was a uniquely wonderful person with a generous heart. We always seemed to be laughing about some running story. He had a profoundly positive effect on my life. I owe my success on the track to him. His teachings live on in the successes of my children. I will miss him.
We are so sad to learn of Bill's death. We're keeping you in our thoughts. His warm smile and ebullient personality will be missed.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends. Our sleeping loved ones have a hope for the future to live here on the earth forever without the causes of pain, suffering, sickness and death. May the peace of God be with you to grant you comfort.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great person and a very caring son. Please take care of yourself and know my thoughts are with you.
Kathy, For many years I had the privilege of working with Bill for whom I will always have the highest level of respect and admiration as a wonderful person, outstanding teacher and inspiring coach. It is my sincere hope that the memories you made together during your lifetime will sustain and comfort you.
Our profound sympathy for your loss. Bill was not only a good man and husband to you, but an asset to our neighborhood and community. We feel blessed by having the opportunity to have known him and will miss him.
John and I are so sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in the memories of the time you spent together. John and Louise Warren
Our sympathy goes out to you for your loss. He was such a great person all around. May your memories be treasured. Best Regards--The Bossler Family.
Sending condolences. From New Jersey. Coach Peiffer made a positive difference in the lives of generations of Watchung Hills students in the classroom, on the track, and on cross country trails. I was privileged to have been his students in Probability and Statistics class. I remember that we did not have a textbook; Coach Peiffer had developed the curriculum and I think he was ahead of his time in teaching this course to high school students. It was a challenging course that pushed you to think in new ways with practical applications. Coach Peiffer was a great teacher, and his class ranks among my all-time favorites. I also knew him as a coach who encouraged every member of the team, from the fastest to the slowest, to work hard to improve. From him, I learned the term "pleasantly exhausted" to describe how you should feel after a hard workout. He was a masterful teacher, an amazing coach, and a great man. My condolences to Mrs. Peiffer and family.