OBITUARY

Peter B. Sack

August 22, 1945October 10, 2021

Peter B. Sack of Aiken, SC, formerly of Swampscott and Marblehead, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Peter was born in Lynn, MA, in 1945, son of Louis and Florence Sack. He is survived by his two former wives with whom he remained close friends, Leslie Rooks Sack and Rochelle Friedman; his sister, Marilyn Winick and her husband Richard Winick; his sons David and Jonathan and their wives Leslie and Ivy; his grandchildren, Samantha, Theodore, Benjamin, Hannah and Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Peter grew up in Swampscott, graduated from Swampscott High School in 1963, from Bowdoin College in 1967 with combined honors in French and Spanish literature, and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Tufts University. While earning his graduate degree he served in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

His career in education began in 1969 at his beloved alma mater, Swampscott High School, as a part-time teacher of Spanish and French. He soon became a full-time teacher, went on to pioneer the school’s open campus program, become assistant principal, and then served as principal of Swampscott High School from 1983-2003. With an undimmed energy and enthusiasm for education that kept him from full retirement, he went on to serve as interim principal of Manchester Essex Regional High School from 2003-2006.

Peter earned a local, state and national reputation for excellence in education. He served as president of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. He was recognized as the Massachusetts Principal of the Year in 1996, and received countless awards and recognitions for his dedicated service to generations of students, educators and families in Swampscott.

Peter was known as the “Voice of the Big Blue,” and he joyfully announced every Swampscott High School football home game from the press box at the former Blocksidge Field for decades. He had numerous passionate interests outside of education including the Boston Red Sox, sailing, science fiction movies, washing cars and politics.

Above all, Peter was dedicated and devoted to his family. Family vacations across the country, night games at Fenway Park, small excursions on the sailboat 50/50, and endless games of catch with his sons in the field behind their family home in Marblehead balanced the responsibilities and demands of his professional life with the joy and serenity of family life.

After retiring, Peter found a new love and built a new home and community in South Carolina. Peter will be remembered for his love of and dedication to family, his tireless work ethic and the responsible leadership he provided to Swampscott High School, his sharp intellect and boundless compassion. He passed peacefully surrounded by family. May his memory be a blessing.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 15th at 10:00 am at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead, interment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody, MA. Due to the pandemic the shiva will be private.

Friends from afar can view the service via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EmanuEl.Marblehead.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Services

  • Temple Funeral Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

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Greg Walsh

October 18, 2021

I was a reporter in Swampscott when Peter was principal at the high school. Along with athletic director Dick Baker and head football coach Bill Bush, the three educated this Marblehead High School alum on the legacy of Big Blue sports. I remember nothing but gracious interactions with Peter. It was clear he was an educator first, but his love for Swampscott sports was always on display. Thank you for always making me feel welcome.

Celeste Burns

October 16, 2021

I think I was the first class that had Mr. Sack as principal for all four years (class of 87) and he was such a positive influence for me and I loved that he always greeted us by name. I was able to pay my respects on Friday at the service and also support my Dad (Dick Baker) who lost a life long friend and it was heartwarming to hear his sons’ tell stories of their dad. He will be missed by so many.

Marlene Winsten

October 16, 2021

Mr. Sack, as he will always be known, was an important and integral part of my high school experience. He pushed me to go through challenges with care and support. As a life long educator, I must say I was and am beyond inspired by my experience through Peter and his former wife Leslie. Rest In Peace Mr Sack snd know that you made a difference in the lives of so many.

Norman Frisch

October 15, 2021

Peter and I entered Swampscott High in the same year — I as a sophomore, and he as a full-time member of the faculty. He became one of my first and closest teacher-friends, continuing well into his retirement. For both of us, that student-teacher bond was a lifelong commitment, always to be cherished.

He became a trusted ally and advisor to my entire graduating class (of 1972), and as newlyweds, he and Leslie welcomed us often into their home.
Now, I continue to practice his example in my relationships with my own students.
My classmates and I will not forget him.

Rita Reznikova

October 14, 2021

Mr. Sack was principal for part of my high school experience in the early 2000s. He was truly a warm presence, knew his students, and showed kind and compassionate leadership. I especially remember his leadership in difficult times, such as on the morning of September 11, 2001. He made everyone feel safe at school. I will remember him fondly.

Clayton Curtis

October 14, 2021

For over thirty years, I was a teaching colleague , and then as Peter advanced in the school system , he became our principal . He trusted his teachers and allowed us to do our jobs with little interference , with great support and his office door was always open.
In later years when I would run into him around town , he always greeted me with a big smile. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss .

Bernard Kravitz

October 14, 2021

Peter you encouraged me as a student, brought me into the field of education and became my friend, colleague and mentor. You were by far the best principal and leader I have ever worked with. Rest in Peace Peter.

Shelly Salus- Toomey

October 13, 2021

I am saddened by this. My condolences to the family and friends of Mr Sack.
I graduated in ‘86 and can remember the grace and skills and caring Mr Sack had for the students, staff and community. He was a great role-model for all.

Anita Rudin

October 13, 2021

I graduated from SHS with Peter. So sad . Rest In Peace

Marcia Kamin

October 13, 2021

To Marilyn and family,
Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, May his memory be a blessing.