Peter Zaidoun Ereifej

December 26, 2000May 13, 2019
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Peter Zaidoun Ereifej of New City, NY, 18 years old died tragically climbing Mount Hook on Friday, May 13, 2019. Peter was born in Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY on December 26, 2000 to Rania and Zaidoun Ereifej. He graduated from Clarkstown South High School in June 2018. Peter tremendously enjoyed the outdoors and loved hiking. Coaching people on fitness and healthy living was Peter’s passion. He was preparing for his personal training certification. His goal was to create a legendary fitness company with focus on philanthropy. He always talked about having a wife and kids of his own. He leaves behind his parents, sisters (Emily and Ashley), his maternal grandparents (Nuha and Hani Ereifej), aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved and admired him. Peter was an inspiration to so many people.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home in New City, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, West Nyack, NY at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.


  • Visiting Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 17, 2019


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Zaidoun Ereifej

May 19, 2019

Peter was the best son a dad can have. I had so much faith and trust in him, I never really worried when he stayed out a little late unlike mom I would just go to sleep believing he will always come home. Mom never slept, she would stay up until she is sure her boy is home safe and sound. My boy was way beyond his years, I just wish he had more time to do more, explore more and maybe one day have a family of his own. I will never forget you son...I loved u so much

Akram & Suhear Haddad

May 18, 2019

Our condolences to you all. No words can ever express our deep sadness. Peter is now with our father in heaven and he’s taking a good care of him. May his beautiful soul Rest In Peace & may his beautiful memories stay deep inside your hearts.

Anthony Badolato

May 18, 2019

You were always the most approachable person in the room, and had only good things to say. When I originally moved here, you were one of the first people that I spoke to. Even though we saw each other less and less in high school from having different classes, hobbies, and friends, you never lost that amazing trait. Whether it was in the hallway passing, replying to snapchat stories, or prom. You were always positive and an enjoyable person to be around. You blessed the lives of everyone you touched and you'll be missed.

Sarah Ereifej

May 17, 2019

Peter -

In your short time on earth you managed to gain the love, respect and admiration from anyone who got to meet you all while being the kindest and coolest yet the most down to earth teenager I know.

Peter, we looked up to you (literally!), I remember our conversations, and how you used to share your knowledge with me without making me feel like crap, I wish I had asked you how do you do that. You were just talented.

Can we talk about your generosity? You always made time for family, you made time to play with John and come to his birthdays and celebrate/dance/sing with him. You gave John your BayBlades collection.. you made his whole year with that collection.. John told me that he will miss playing tag with you at Taita and Jeddo house. And that he will miss how you used to tickle him.

Rest In Peace buddy, you will always be in our hearts, and your legacy will live on and on. That’s a promise.

We love you so much.

Lana Haddad

May 16, 2019

To my always dearest to my heart, Peter.

Peter, you are a special person that god has sent to us, you're the most purest person I have ever known and you are unbelievably kind, you are so kind Peter!
You're just amazing at everything you do, you always have a way into getting in people's heart without even trying, the joy that you brought to everyone is unimaginable, you are so charming, admired and loved by everyone, you're intelligent, so funny, caring, loving, passionate and and have a personality like no other person I've ever met, there was something just so special about you're personality Peter!
I will never ever forget all the fun times we had when we were kids, all the games we used to play, and the most amazing, fun, silly and interesting conversations that we had, I will always cherish these memories so deeply.
Your laughter and smile; lights up every place you go to.
So Peter, thank you for all the memories I got to share with you, thank you you for teaching everyone around you how to be kind and loving, thank you for every smile you put in our faces, and most importantly, thank you for being the unique you!
I thank god that I'm lucky because I got to have you as my cousin.
Peter, you are and always will be one of a kind and most definitely, irreplaceable.
You will always be in my heart, always and forever.
I love you so much Peter.
Your forever loving cousin


Sunita Badgujar

May 16, 2019

Our condolences to your family. I don't know your family but my kids graduated from South and were wrestlers. Praying for your family to find strength in this difficult times. Rest in peace Peter.

Tala Haddad

May 16, 2019

My dearest most handsome cousin Peter
Your beautiful smile never leaves your handsome face, and you definitely have a special voice, I can hear it , very unique, to match your one of a kind personality, only lucky once get the chance to meet you Pete.
You always have the most interesting conversation, I just want to set with you and listen to what you have to say.
Every moment spent with you is filled with fun, laughter, care, warmth, and I end up learning something new each time.
We share a lot of unforgettable memories Peter from the time we learnt how to ride a bike with you guys, to the beach, the sleepovers,ice skating and all the fun card games you taught me after cleaning the snow at jedo and tetas home, and the lest goes on and on and on....
But I'm still trying to master the British accent, I can't get it as perfect as you do, you are a natural at it.
Peter in my enter life I will never meet some one like you PURE, handsome, loving caring, funny, warm, and most definitely tall, you got it all cousin!
I honestly consider myself so lucky!
You are my brother who I love so deeply with all my heart, and I promise you this I will love you more each day.
Thank you for everything you gave me and the world, we definitely have a lot to learn from you.
There is a lot more to say our angle.
I Love you for ever and ever, and with each breath.

Your loving cousin /sister Tala

Angel Castillo

May 16, 2019

I’m speechless Peter. You and I were so alike it sends chills down my spine. Every conversation or moment with you was a great one. And now I don’t know how to feel. Happy that I experienced you? Or sad that you’re gone and there’s so much I wanted us to do together? Peter people are comparing us now. How we were alike, how we both tried to make everyone smile and let’s not forget about our obsession with exercise and nature. Truth is Peter, no one can make a room shine as bright as you. So maybe Peter, if we’re so alike, I’d like for a piece of your soul to remain attached to me please. So we can experience life together, like how it was supposed to be. You’ve inspired me to strive towards becoming a PJ even more so, so I can save lives. I love you so much Brother, and I’m sorry I couldn’t get to you sooner. I wish I got to see your face one last time. Tell the big man not to get hasty with me, I have a lot to do for the both of us.

Until we laugh again,


Claudia Meienhofer

May 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to Ashley and her entire family. Peter seemed like a wonderful young man with so much to give to the world. May you find some strength and peace during this most difficult time, and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ashley, you have always carried a beautiful joy and energy with you, something your brother seemed to have as well. May you always keep that love in your heart and let it guide you in the days ahead.

Sr. Nancy Elizabeth Doran

May 16, 2019

How well I remember this beautiful family. Mom and dad so dedicated to their children. Peter was a sweet boy. You will always be in my prayers.

Sr. Nancy Elizabeth Doran SSC (Mrs. Doran)