Peter M Selig
December 16, 1936 – November 2, 2021
CHATHAM – Peter Selig, 84, of Chatham, died peacefully in his sleep at home on November 2, 2021 dreaming of the last movement (5th Mov.) of G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection” Symphony and the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony #9.
Peter was the eldest of four children born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 16th 1936 (on his mother’s birthday) to the late Freda and Mishael Selig. He lived in Forest Hills, Oceanside, and Malverne, New York before moving to Leominster, MA. He was a graduate of Leominster High School. Peter attended Boston University, where he met his beloved wife Miriam, and earned his undergraduate degree in Statistics. He later completed both his M.B.A. in Statistics and an M.A. in Quantitative Economics at Northeastern University.
They raised their three children in their home of Framingham, Massachusetts. He began his career at Laboratory For Electronics, later working for Sylvania/GTE, and lastly for 18 years at Raytheon. Peter was an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University teaching statistics and economics courses for 38 years and he also taught at Clark University as part of their College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE) graduate program.
Peter had many hobbies. He was a member of the “Winter 111” club having climbed all the 4,000 footers in New York and New England in the winter and is the third person on that list. Peter also climbed Mount Rainier (14, 411 feet) in the Pacific Northwest. He was an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for many years where he was a Life Member and would have received his 50-year membership pin later in November 2021. Peter led many Cape hikes and kayak trips. As a runner, he participated in the Ocean State marathon for multiple years as well as many other road races. As an amateur photographer, he competed in color slides and later in digital images at camera clubs both on and off the Cape. He received the accolade of master member from the New England Camera Club Council for his service to that organization. Playing bridge (Chicago style) was another hobby that he resumed in retirement as a way of mental stimulation.
After retirement, singing became his true passion. He sang baritone in the Cape Cod Chorale, Chatham Chorale, The NoteAbles, and We Are The Men singing groups. He is survived by his loving wife Miriam (Alexander) Selig of 62 years, his children Michele Hill and husband Christopher; Rachel Miller and her husband Stephen; Michael Selig and his wife Jennifer; as well as his grandchildren Jennifer Hill, Alex Miller, Michaela and Cameron Selig. Peter is survived by his siblings: his sister Deborah Bulger of Santa Cruz, CA and her husband Richard Stover; his sister Barbara Lenox of Orrs Island, ME and her husband Dr. Robert Lenox; his brother’s wife, Diana Selig of Smithtown, NY. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Peter’s brother Edward Louis Selig pre-deceased him.
A memorial service will be held at the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans, MA on Sunday, November 14, 2021 promptly at 1:00 pm. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to We Are The Men at 259 Long Pond Drive, Harwich, MA 02645 or to a charity of your choice.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Peter M Selig
November 7, 2021
To Mim & family,
Myself, Jim and my parents Don & Marg have many nice memories of your visits to Ottawa, and also for my parents when they spent time with you both at Alex’s ROV competitions.
Mim, most special of all was when you and Peter extended an invitation to our family to attend your 50th wedding anniversary in Cape Cod, to include us was so generous and thoughtful. Being with you and your family on that special occasion we got to see where you live, your lovely home, and how much family (close by and from afar) meant to Peter and to yourself.
And in reading Peter’s obituary, it shows that he lived a very full, active and rewarding life in all aspects,…hoping this brings you some comfort at this sad time.
Thinking of you,
Dale & Jim, Don, & Marg (Miller)
Albert & Doreen Bushey
November 5, 2021
We have known Peter for more than 20 years. His son, Michael, is married to our youngest daughter, Jennifer. Peter is the epitome of a quiet gentleman, a devoted husband and a very good father and grandfather. He will be missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. May God bless his wife, Mim, and his family who loved him dearly.
Albert P. & Doreen R. Bushey
East Longmeadow, MA