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Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

OBITUARY

Stuart Peskin

August 26, 1944September 2, 2019

PESKIN, STUART J., a long-time Framingham resident, died unexpectedly at home at the age of 75 on September 2. Devoted husband of Phyllis Peskin and beloved father of Joy Peskin and husband Franck Goldberg and adoring grandfather of Nathaniel Goldberg. Brother of Michael Peskin and wife Chris and Susan Peskin Silverstein and husband Maurice, Stuart was the brother-in-law of Florence Berkowitz and Sheila Weinstein and the late Jerry Lieberman, as well as the late Rosalie and Allan Clebnik. He leaves many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. Stu grew up in Syracuse, NY and was a graduate of Nottingham High School and Syracuse University. He began his career as a caring and energetic fourth-grade teacher and was the admired and respected principal of Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School in Natick for 19 years. Stu was boys head counselor and program director at Camp Young Judaea in New Hampshire for 17 years as well as executive director and board chair of the Title I Dissemination Project. Known for his irreverent sense of humor and willingness to help family and friends in virtually any endeavor, Stu was active in a number of organizations including the Good News Group at Shillman House and served on the board of directors of Hoops and Homework. A consummate teacher, public speaker and avid reader, Stu was passionate about topics ranging from Jewish tradition to curriculum design. His mother’s blood-related illness affected him deeply and as an adult he donated prodigious amounts of blood to the American Red Cross. Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 5 at 11:30 am at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, followed by interment at Baker Street Cemetery. Memorial observance afterwards at the home of Robin and Michael Clebnik until 8 pm and at the home of Marcy and Ken Kornreich on Friday September 6 from 3 to 7 pm. Gifts in Stu’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org). For online condolences, please visit www.stanetskybrookline.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Rebecca Sanborn

September 8, 2019

Stu gave me my first job at Ben-Hem and I am forever grateful to him for giving me a chance. He helped me to grow as a teacher, not be so hard on myself, and always made me feel like he trusted my decision making. Thanks, Stu.

Lois MacGregor

September 5, 2019

To the Peskin Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I worked as a Reading Specialist at Ben-Hem for over ten years. Stu was a wonderful principal and a very intelligent man.
He loved his family very much and when he spoke of his daughter Joy, his eyes would always light up.
We have lost a very special man.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Lois MacGregor

Renee Schwalberg

September 5, 2019

As my kids go back to school this year, my greatest wish is that they find that teacher who sees something special in them. Mr. Peskin was that teacher for me in 3rd and 4th grade in Natick. He used to keep me after school to play Scrabble and read the newspaper and he encouraged me in every way. May his memory be a blessing to all of his family and the many students he influenced.

Renee Schwalberg

Phyllis Dank

September 4, 2019

Will always remember Stu for his initiatives in the teaching profession. He started a gifted program for some of his fourth grade students, and was a beloved and tremendously creative teacher. I was a member of the Natick School Committee for many years and was thrilled to be part of promoting his position from teacher to principal of the Ben-Hem elementary school. Stu was a remarkable educator and inspiration to many of his students and parents. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. I know he will be sorely missed!

Melanie Phillips

September 4, 2019

My condolences to Stu’s family. He was a wonderful person. I knew him from being a Ben-Hem parent. His devotion and love for his charges were always evident. There were many qualities that made him a special, fantastic principal. Most of all he was just a great guy with an incredible sense of humor. That twinkle in his eye and devilish look on his face when he would joke are unforgettable.
God always seems to take the good ones early. That’s the case here. Stu will be missed a great deal.

Dan & Kathy Rao

September 4, 2019

Dear Phyllis and Joy,

We are so sorry about Stu's sudden passing. You are in our prayers and thoughts. May the Almighty help you during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Dan & Kathy Rao