Henry "Pete" V. Saltzman

April 10, 1934September 24, 2020

Henry “Pete” V. Saltzman, age 86, of New Bedford, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia J. (Rodrigues) Saltzman, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late William "Watchdog" and Mary (Brunell) Saltzman.

Mr. Saltzman earned his Bachelor's degree from Clark University and his Master's degree from Bridgewater State College and he later served in the United States Army for four years and was stationed in Germany. He worked in the family business, United Fruit Store, until he began his teaching career. He taught math at New Bedford High School and became the Green House Housemaster. Henry was a sports enthusiast; he coached the Panthers Little League team and could always be seen in the gyms or fields at NBHS rooting on the Whalers. His happiest moments, besides spending time with his family, were watching the NBHS Whalers beat Durfee.

In addition to his wife survivors include: three children, Kathy Hoffman and her husband Alan, Sharon Donovan and her husband Matthew and Derek Saltzman and his wife Tara all of Lakeville; one brother, Michael Saltzman of Dartmouth; six grandchildren, William and Maggie Hoffman, Amanda Donovan, Quinn, Laincy and Shay Saltzman and several nieces nephews.

Due to the current restrictions on social gatherings, his funeral and Shiva will be private. Arrangements are under the care of Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Southcoast VNA – Hospice, Attn: Community Affairs 200 Mill Road Fairhaven, MA 02719.


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Henry "Pete" V. Saltzman

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Maureen Curran

October 8, 2020

I was a teen at N.B.H.S. when I recall he was the House Master of the Green House. I was in Blue. What I do remember him as was being a calm man. I don't think I ever recall seeing him angry as some of the other housemasters perhaps were prone to be. That is to his credit.


October 7, 2020

I am sorry to the family of Mr. Henry Saltzman for the sorrow in your hearts . I met him as a new student at NBHS 9n 1979 , and was having a rough time in my childhood . I felt so intimidated to be in an Algebra class, not knowing what it was . Within no time at all he had us all at ease and laughing . He was such a wonderful man and helped me more than he know. . I bought him a coffee cup at Christmas time with candy . Fast forward to when I became a mom and was at NBHS for a play and happened to see him . I didn't know if he would remember me but hoped he would, and went over to say hello Not only did he remember me, but he shocked me when he said he still had the coffee cup ,and still used it !! He has been in my thoughts the last year and I wanted to find him to thank him once again for all of his kindness but didn't because I didn't want to just pop in I wish I had now . I hope the fact that he kept my coffee cup indicated that he had a clue of what a great influence he was on me May the memories of his love and gentle guidance carry you all through this sad time

George Biscari

October 3, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of
Henry. We taught together for many years at NBHS, and eventually he became my
Housemaster....for the last ten years of my career.
He always kept me on my toes and he also taught me to be punctual which was one of his traits. I became a better person and educator for knowing him. He will be sorely missed..
Respectfully yours
George Biscari

John Strittmatter’s

October 1, 2020

I spent many years teaching with Henry at NBHS.He was a good friend and colleague.We always had some great discussions at lunch.I am sure he will be missed by family and friends

Lena Gonzalez

September 30, 2020

This man went above and beyond to make sure i succeeded and i will forever be thank From ur lil trouble maker from green house😉

Jason Platt

September 30, 2020

My Condolences to The Saltzman Family. I always hold a special place in My Heart for Mr Saltzman and his Family they where My second Family when I played for the Panthers. Will never forget the twisting of the ears and My nickname that I still use to this day. He always watched out for Me and I'll never forget the time he offered Me to go live with him My Senior year wish I took him up on that offer. He will not be forgotten by Me and all the kids he helped out .

Kristine Ainsley

September 29, 2020

I am deeply sorry to hear of Henry's passing. My memories of him include many, MANY, student bus trips to soccer, football, and basketball games while I was cheering coach, as well as my time as a guidance counselor in the Green House. With a doubt, Henry was one of NBHS Whalers' biggest fans. Thank you, Henry, for all you did for so many young people at NBHS. Rest in peace. May your Whaler Pride shine bright in the heavens above! Thoughts and prayers are with the entire Saltzman family.

Marianne Farr

September 28, 2020

Mr Saltzman was my housemaster (Class of 1994). May he rest in peace. Condolences and prayers to his family.

Gene Monteiro

September 28, 2020

I am so thankful to be a friend of Henry’s. I was an assistant coach for him when our sons played little league for the Panthers team. He was such a positive influence on the boys he coached and I appreciate him for that. My heartfelt condolences to to his wife Pat, son Derek and all the Saltzman family.

Edward Silva

September 28, 2020

I cannot express enough my most sincere condolences to the Saltzman Family. Mr. Saltzman was much more than just a school teacher, administrator and house master. He was a father figure to a lot of kids like myself and I’m sure others. To add to James Estrella’s comments he never gave up on me when I felt like I had no one that cared what I was doing in my life. I’ll never forget the get out of trouble deals, hits or goals or sweep the floors in the D Block on Saturday Detention. Thank you for being you. God Bless!


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