Oxford - Peter M. Polstein died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 5, after a long illness and dementia.
He was born on July 24, 1931 in New York City to Victor I. Polstein and Eleanor Seligman Polstein. The family moved to New Rochelle in 1938 and Peter graduated from New Rochelle High School. After obtaining his Business Degree from Nichols College in 1953, he served in the U.S Army, where he was recruited by National Security Agency and posted in the Far East during the Korean War. In 1983 he married Marge (Margaret) Hart and they resided in Somers, New York before moving to Oxford, CT in 2010.
After the military, Peter began his career as an insurance broker in NYC and spent his last 20 years with Alexander and Alexander handling Fortune 500 companies and many high-risk clients with innovative solutions. In 1974 he responded to the wholesale cancellation of chemical companies by traditional insurers by forming an association program underwritten by Lloyds of London. This eventually led to a department within A& A with seventeen trade Association clients representing hundreds of companies. After his retirement in 1997, he wrote quarterly articles on Market Practices for the Insured Risk Management Institute (IRMI) and consulted for various businesses and municipalities, including the Town of Oxford.
Besides Marge, Peter leaves his daughters, Doctor Barbara Polstein of Flagstaff, AZ and Nancy Polstein and her partner Michael Fagin of Brooklyn, NY. He also leaves his beloved grandson and fishing buddy Christopher Jing Polstein of Flagstaff. Another loved member of the family is the mother of his children Linda W. Polstein of Pleasantville, NY.
Many will remember Pistol Pete for his strong interests including guns and competitive shooting, hunting and fishing. He was a great reader who also loved antiquing. His real passion was playing Traditional Blues guitar and was always seeking to perform with many of the musician friends he hooked up with over the years. We all know he was happy to be reunited with his beloved dogs.
When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the family will honor Peter’s wishes by having a memorial celebration and toasting him with Spanish brandy.
The family owes a great debt of gratitude for the caring companionship of Jim Waterbury over the past year and to the Ridgefield VNA Hospice organization for their help and comfort.
Donations may be made to them at rvnahealth.org.
visit his tribute page at www.berginfuneralhome.com
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