Manchester-by-the-Sea — Peter J. Feuerbach, 53, of Manchester, Mass., passed away suddenly at Mass General Hospital on Friday, June 14, with his wife, Linda by his side.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Linda; his beautiful children, Winston, 16, Spencer, 14, and Eve, 12; his parents, Dr. John and Florrie Feuerbach of Larchmont, N.Y. and Nantucket, Mass.; and his mother-in-law Marilyn Eaton of Ipswich, Mass. Peter had a loving bond with his siblings and their spouses, Carla Feuerbach (Darrell Aldrich), John Feuerbach (MaryJo Moubry), and Paul Feuerbach (Mary Kaysen). Peter also had an incredible relationship with his wife’s family, Chris and Robin Conant, Janice Updike, Michael Updike, and Cindy and Dave Gordon. Peter also leaves many nieces and nephews loved dearly by him.
Peter adored his children, and the wisdom and guidance he instilled in them will help shape their lives moving forward. The family shares fond memories of times together at Singing Beach in Manchester, hiking and camping, and trips to London, Paris and major cities along the East Coast.
Peter was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and raised in Larchmont, N.Y., where he attended Mamaroneck High School. He received a bachelors of science in geology/hydrology from the University of New Hampshire, a masters in environmental studies and forestry from Yale University, and a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.
Peter’s love of the outdoors and his interest in environmental issues led to a lifelong career in environmental law, and environmental and land planning. While at UNH, his undergraduate research studies in geology brought him to Greenland and McMurdo Station in Antarctica. His experiences in Antarctica led to a career in environmental planning that began with the City of Braintree, Mass., and continued at McGregor, Shea & Doliner, a leading Boston-based environmental law firm. After receiving his law degree in 1994, Peter worked at Kopelman and Paige, P.C. as an associate attorney. In 1998, he joined the law firm Rubin and Rudman LLP, where he worked for 15 years, concentrating in real estate, environmental and land use, and zoning. Within the Boston legal community, Peter was known as a skilled and tenacious attorney. His unfaltering dedication to his clients established him as a well-respected member of the legal community.
Peter’s deep faith in God guided him in his daily life and was the foundation for who he was as an individual, a husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, attorney, and member of the community. He committed a tremendous amount of time to his church, Sacred Heart, where he served on the finance committee and was a regular lector at Sunday services. His strong sense of volunteerism inspired his devotion to the community in which he lived and raised his family. He was active in town government, serving as a member and ultimately as chairman of the Manchester Zoning Board. In addition, he gave a lot of his time and energy to the Manchester Youth Soccer and Basketball Program, where he was a valued coach and mentor.
Sports were an essential part of Peter’s life. He was the star quarterback on the Larchmont Saints Youth Football team and a member of the Mamaroneck High School hockey team. He had always loved the sport of hockey, playing endless hours on frozen ponds and following his beloved New York Rangers. Although he was constantly challenged by the game of golf, it did not diminish the fun he had playing or the quality time he spent with his brothers and parents, going on trips to Ireland, and golfing in the rain on Nantucket. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors, starting in his senior year of high school, when he hiked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. This launched many years of outdoor activities with family and good friends camping in the White Mountains, biking in the Green Mountains, and telemark skiing throughout New England and the West. During a special trip to the ranges of Crestone and the Sangre DeCristo Mountains of Colorado, Peter proposed to his wife, Linda.
Peter cherished his childhood memories growing up in Larchmont, boating and swimming on Long Island Sound, and overnighting on Eaton’s Neck. He equally loved his summer vacations in Chatham, Cape Cod. Peter had a deep appreciation for the time he spent on Nantucket with his beloved family.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St., Manchester, on Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Following the burial, a reception will follow at the church at 12 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Manchester By The Sea Public Library at www.manchesterpl.org. For information, directions, or condolences, please visit www.campbellfuneral.com.