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Peter W Schira

June 21, 1931May 20, 2020

Peter William Schira

June 21, 1931 - May 20, 2020

Pedro Guillermo Schira was born in New York City on June 21, 1931. He was raised in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York where he remained and raised a family with his wife of 68 years. He passed away peacefully at his home there on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. He is survived by his wife and love of 74 years, Mary, daughter Lila, and sons Roger and Peter Elias, as well as five grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Gabriella, Ryan and Devan, and two great grandchildren, Avery and Austin. Originally set on pursuing an engineering degree, Peter received a Bachelor of Arts from Pratt Institute and earned a Master Degree in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. He began teaching Art at The City College of New York and spent over 25 years teaching at Bronx Community College where he became Chair of the Music and Art Department and helped start the school’s Graphic Arts curriculum. As an accomplished painter his career spanned more than fifty years. His work was shown regularly at numerous New York City galleries as well as abroad, and can be found, prominently displayed, in the homes of his family and friends. Honest, romantic, creative, pragmatic, quietly curious, and a pioneer, Peter was loved and respected greatly by his family, friends, and artistic colleagues.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the flame will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” -Buddha




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Gina Rivera

June 4, 2020

I will always remember Peter's kindness, the sweetest smile with that twinkle in his eyes. Anytime I attended a family gathering, I couldn't help staring at him. His every word filled with honesty and sincerity, so captivating. He and Mary always side by side hugging and kissing and dancing. A very special human being indeed. He's resting now in peace leaving a legacy for all to learn from.

My sincerest heartfelt condolences to all.

Love you,
Gina Rivera

Marianne Mcgrath

June 4, 2020

Although I didn't see Peter often, when I did, he was sweet and warm and made me feel like a valued member of the family. The way he spoke and laughed with Mary showed how he cherished her😍 He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed, but the memories will help you, Mary, and the family in the months and years to come.
Love to all,

Deirdre McGlynn

June 4, 2020

This is one of my most cherished memories of my Uncle Peter, dancing with my Aunt Mary to a salsa band, surrounded by loving family at Ryan and Ava's wedding. It brings home the great legacy of love and connection he leaves with us. So loving and beloved!

Mary Jo Mazzella Ben-Nun

May 28, 2020

Dear Mrs. Schira, Lila and the whole extended Schira Family,

I first met your husband/ Dad in 1997 when I was hired as an adjunct in the Art/Music Department of BCC. Prof. Schira was very kind and encouraging to me as a new teacher. I recall how the students loved and admired his calm demeanor, nurturing instruction and ability to throw in a perfect Spanish reply when needed. He was a graceful and generous artist and his legacy lives on in all the students he has inspired as well as his wonderful family.
May you all find peace in your happy memories of him.

With love,

Your neighbor Mary Jo


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