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Peter Holskin
Peter Holskin, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 10th, 2020 on his 71st birthday, at Bridgeport Hospital. Mr. Holskin was born in the Bronx, NY, a son of the late Ira and Ruth Holskin. Peter was a teacher for the Fairfield Board of Education for over thirty years, having contributed to the development of the former Coop Program. Following a short retirement period, Peter taught classes at Norwalk Community College and took on an even more important role of grandfather. Peter was known for his sense of humor, sincerity and compassion for his family. Peter is survived by his beloved wife Carrie Holskin, children Matthew (Alex), Rachel Holskin (Badre), step-children Sam (Ariane), Josh, Sara Rubin, a sister Patti Stern (Mike), his grandchildren Safiya, Sahar and Giovana, nieces and nephews Leigh and Jennifer Solomon, Daniel and Lily Stern, and brother-in-law Louis Solomon. He was predeceased by a sister Judy Solomon. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with interment following at Beth El Cemetery on Reid Street in Fairfield. Shiva will be observed following services at the Holskin residence in Monroe from 5-7 p.m.



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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 11, 2020.
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January 30, 2020
Pete and I first met in 1968 when we were freshmen at Ithaca College. We got to know each better in our sophomore year when we lived in the same dorm, and then became close friends when we shared an apartment with two other guys in our junior and senior years.

We both went through our share of ups and downs in life, and we were always there for each other - whether it was to share the good times or support each other during the rough times. Pete personified what it meant to be a caring and loyal friend. His kindness and sincerity were so basic to the kind of person he was.

However, in all honesty, until I read the many beautiful tributes to Pete on this page by former students of his - I really wasn't fully aware of the kind of impact he had on so many people during his long teaching career. And in speaking with some members of Pete's family, they weren't either. What a testament to Pete's values, ability to communicate with people, and his commitment to future generations of young people!

Listening to the wonderful and deeply moving tributes by Mathew and Rachel to their beloved father allowed me to see Pete the Dad in a deeper and more personal way than ever before. Of course, I knew that Pete had been always been very close to Mathew and Rachel, but hearing their tributes brought it home to me in such a vivid and emotional way. Pete so deserved to see his kids and two grandchildren as both he and they grew older.

As for Pete's wife Carrie, just seeing the two of them together, along with how Pete would talk about Carrie, made it so very clear how much they loved each other and how terribly unfair it is that they won't be able to grow old together.

The world lost a truly beautiful human being when Pete passed away on January 10 - his 71st birthday. But his memory will live on among all those who knew him and loved him.
Ken Brociner
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January 16, 2020
I just now saw this on Facebook!! I was JUST thinking about him the other day! so Sad to hear this news! Pete was an AMAZING teacher. Pete was the most patient and understanding teacher, he loved what he did every day - he not only Taught his kids, he became a friend !!! He will be missed by so many! My prayers go out to his family !!
Jessica Ouellette-Nehez
January 14, 2020
This is heartbreaking news. Peter was a true teacher in every sense of the word. WIth passion and conviction he taught us about the world and ourselves. He was also a great friend and advocate for us "at risk youth". He knew how to neutralize those risks to ourselves and make us better people. God bless him and his good family.
Michael Shea class of 86
Michael Shea
January 14, 2020
My condolences to Peter's family during this difficult time. This breaks my heart. Peter cared so much about his students, during our time under his wing and well after we left. He never gave up on us, no matter how much we wanted to. He was always there for his students teaching us so much more then what was in a book. He touched so many lives, including mine. He was such a special soul and he will be missed. Rest peacefully, Pete.
Krystina H Class of 04
January 13, 2020

Carrie: Sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your family
Nancy
Nancy R
January 13, 2020
Pete,
There are no words to describe you. You are beyond amazing. You have taught us lessons that we still take with us today. You were so selfless when it came to your students and did everything you possibly could to make us the best we could be. I may not have realized it at the time but it was an absolute honor to have you as my teacher. Thank you for your patience, love, support and all the things you have taught us. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Heaven gained an awesome angel. RIP Peter we love you
Lindsay Sweeney
January 13, 2020
Pete ! So sad to hear of your passing my friend . you are a great teacher and helped me graduate. You will be missed my deepest condolences & sympathy to his family and friends
Christine Poole
January 13, 2020
I am so sad to hear of Pete's passing. I was a student of his and he was not only an amazing teacher but an amazing person. He truly cared for each one of his students. He always believed in us even if we didn't. He never gave up on us when we gave up on ourselves. So many of us, myself included, would not be where we are today if it were not for Pete. My heart goes out to his family & friends in this difficult time.
Mackenzie R
January 12, 2020
My condolences to Peters family and all the students who's lives were changed because of Peter. Christine Fitzgerald Dzujna
January 12, 2020
My condolences to family and friends of Peter. He truly touched so many lives. All my best arguments lol I mean debates were with him. Would have never have made it without coop and his guidance. RIP Peter!
Tricia Harding
January 12, 2020
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and close friends of this amazing man. I, like so many others was a student of Petes' and like so many others I would not have graduated had it not been for Pete. He was the one person in our lives at that time, that wouldn't give up on us or allow us to fail. For me he was the only one who didn't give up. I am a successful man, I have a good job, a wonderful family, a nice home, none of which would have come to be without Pete. Like so many others, I owe him a debt that he would never want paid. Truly a teacher and one of the most selfless, kind, and giving people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Thank you, thank you, thank you kind Sir for sharing yourself with those of us who desperately needed you.

Rest well,
One of your co-op kids
Brian Clem
January 12, 2020
What sad news to hear of Pete's passing,What a wonderful guy. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.. Michael Monroe Starbucks
Michael Minnock
January 11, 2020
I met Pete when I was a misguided troubled teen. I spent just over 3 years in his community. Early mornings of economical or political discussions over coffee from my perch on the tattered red chair. He taught me through debate to have an opinion and have a voice. I very likely may not have graduated without his support. I met him at my worst and he prepared me for my best. For the time I spent in High school I consider Pete to have been one of my most influential and BEST friends. I've thought of him often over the years and this news deeply saddens me. Live on in the memories of all who were blessed to have known you Pete. You made a difference!!
Jesse Lichtenstein
January 11, 2020
I am so terribly sad to hear this news. Pete was my teacher at co-op and I could not of made it through my teen years without him. I often think of him. He helped mold me into the empathetic and civic minded individual that I am today. Everyday we had to bring in a news article about current events and he taught us to be mindful of the world around us. He also had a great sense of humor that always lightened tough times. He always took time to talk through personal issues and give me guidance. What a great teacher who truly cared. I will always remember you fondly.
Rachel Solveira
January 11, 2020
So sorry! Pete was a wonderful guy.

Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship.
Ira Ziegelbaum
January 11, 2020
I would like to send my condolences to Pete's family and friends. My name is Matthew Wheeling and I was a student at Coop in the late eighties and nineties. Peter had the patience and the compassion of a saint. He was always concerned about the wellbeing of the students. I will miss his witty sense of humor and his kind heart. You were one of the best Pete!
Matthew Wheeling
January 11, 2020
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January 11, 2020
Peter was a passionate and compassionate teacher, colleague, and friend. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.
Drew Denbaum
January 11, 2020
Pete, I wouldn't have graduated high school without your guidance. Too many memories to share, but I'll always remember video production class and you pushing us to finish that Co-Op video yearbook. Those were great times. R.I.P. my friend.
Mike Van Valen
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