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1 of 26 | Posted by: Edith G. De Angelis - Peabody,, MA

“I was saddened to just hear of the passing of Peter Saitta, and would like to offer my sincere condolences to his children and family. I first met ...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“I was saddened to just hear of the passing of Peter Saitta, and would like to offer my sincere condolences to his children and family. I first met ...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Stephen Drooker - Tornto, ON

“So deeply sorry for your loss. May God's wonderful future promises console your hearts. (John 6:40)WWFlorida ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“He was such a nice man...and funny too with a good heart. May he RIP. Love Always. Anthony Angileri ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Anthony Angileri - Boston, MA

“Sorry for your loss. What that has helped me is found at Hosea 13:14. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: sally

“I had the pleasure of working with Peter at Bunker Hill Community College where he was in charge of the athletic dept for student activities, and I...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Keane - Southboston, MA

“laura and Frank I loved your father as a son would love a father. he was so gentle and kind and caring. It was always a pleasure taking...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Frank and LauraMy thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Nick Cresta - Wilmington, MA

“Uncle Pete, my heart is aching with sadness. All the wonderful things you did for everyone - there are just not more words. My prayers are with...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Debra Daley - Medford, MA

“May the love of family and friends carry you all through this sad time.Peter was a cousin to my deceased husband Larry. Peter was a gentle soul, may...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Joan Arena - North Reading, MA

Christmas Last Year “We are so sorry to hear about Pete. We always enjoyed Christmas dinners with the Phillips & Mahoney clan along with Pete, Jan, Laura, Bob and Kara....Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Judith & Lorraine Rezendes - NH

“I worked with Pete for many years at bunker hill community college. He was admired and adored by the students he helped. I remember he would come in...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Annmarie Catino - Wilmington, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and your family...a great guy....always smiling. AMEN ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. William Colby - MA

“Are prays and thoughts are with you... ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Mr.&Mrs. William Colby - Lincoln, MA

16 of 26 | Posted by: Mr.&Mrs. William Colby - Lincoln, MA

“I have such fond memories of my brother-in-law Pete. Those memories will never fade because I carry them in my heart. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Patricia Phillips - Nashua, NH

“I'm am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is so hard and something you can never get over. Praying for all of uou ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Janice LoPresti - Las vegas, NV

“Laura and Frank,I remember your dad growing up. Your mom too. Both such great people. Know that your friends are behind you, angels are beside you,...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Brenda Martino-Reagan - Derry, NH

“I met Pete, Coach Saitta, at Boston State College during tryouts for the J.V. Team which he coached. It was the Best team I had ever played on up to...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Bobby GRASSIA - Somerville, MA

“I never met Peter in person..but, I watched him play Somerville High School basketball many times, during his years there. He was a terrific player...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: neil mac Nevin - Hampton, NH

“My mother, son and I had the pleasure of having Peter come into our lives only recently, but I can say for certain that he made a lasting impression...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Mike Ochs - Lowell, MA - Friend

“Love you more than words can say, Uncle Pete. You will be with us always. Diana, Michael, Andrew and Katie ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Diana Mahoney - Nashua, NH

“Dear Laura, Bob & Kara-We have the most wonderful memories of Peter. He truly was a great husband, dad and grandfather.He will certainly be missed...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Marie Capone - Wilmington, MA

“Laura-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.With Love,Kate and Seamus ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Peter - The depth of your mentoring and guide cannot be over stated. My most cherished childhood memories working for you up at the Sam Jones...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Joseph Grillo - Los Angeles, CA

Peter Saitta, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away suddenly on December 25th in his home. He was 81 years of age.

Born on June 13, 1935 in the West End of Boston, Peter was the loving son of the late Frank Saitta and Frances (Arena) Saitta. Peter was a warm and caring son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Peter was predeceased by his wife Jeanette (DeCillis) Saitta, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage, his brother, Anthony Saitta, his sister, Emily (Saitta) Laham. He is survived by his sister, Florence (Saitta) Rhoda and her husband William, his dear children, Laura J. Berg and her husband Robert and Frank J. Saitta and his fiancé Jan DeMeulenaere, his precious grandchildren, Kara J. Berg, Preston Saitta and Madyson Saitta; and his many nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved dearly.

A graduate of Somerville High School and a veteran of the United States Army, he received his undergraduate degree and his Master's Degree in Physical Education from Boston University. Until his retirement, he was a much-loved teacher, basketball coach and administrator at Wakefield Memorial High School, Boston State College and Bunker Hill Community College, during which time he mentored thousands of students. For many of his students and athletes, he not only touched their hearts, he changed their lives, providing them the support and encouragement they needed to succeed in school and in life by instilling in them the importance of perseverance, character and community service. As an educator and coach, he understood that athletics were an extension of the classroom and that good coaching was good teaching. His student-athletes have and will continue to carry those lessons forward in their own lives, keeping his spirit alive.

During the course of his career, Peter received numerous awards and accolades from his peers and local organizations, but his most prized possessions were his children, his precious grandchildren, his nieces, nephews and close friends.

Despite his failing health, he was determined to continue his holiday traditions, reminding each and every member of his family that he had been thinking of them not only on Christmas, but in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday as he assembled his trademark "gift bags."

A kind and generous man with a heart of gold, Peter always had a joke to tell and a song to sing. His love for his family, the way he lived his life, and his unending loyalty to his friends make his passing hard to bear but ensure that his memory will be eternal.

Dear Loving and Gracious God, for sure the heavens are rejoicing and the angels are thrilled to welcome their newest member who is going to assemble the best heavenly basketball team possible. May he enjoy a wonderful reunion with family and friends who pre-deceased him and in particular, may he once again dance with his beautiful bride, Jan.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM Saturday, December 31st at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Peter's Eternal Life in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham at 10am. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Friday, December 30th from 4-8pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and elevator are available. Interment Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in memory of Peter to Boston Medical Center Cardiology Department c/o Boston Medical Center Office of Development 801 Massachusetts Avenue, 1st Floor Boston, MA 02118.

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