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Missed him by a year. I've thought of Mr. Coles frequently over the years. He helped shape who I am as an adult by always being there to talk whenever I needed him during my Herndon High years. I actually loved that man. He was such a good person and he loved us right back. I'll always regret not finding him sooner than now.

Posted by: Margot Diaz (formerly Wasser-Wheeler) - Student   Jun 15, 2020

As is the case with most teen aged males, I was headed down the path that ultimately leads to self destruction. Were it not for the wisdom, patience and sheer will of my Uncle Peter, I dare say I would not be here this very day. RESPECT and HONOR.

Posted by: Donald Davis - MA - Family   Nov 04, 2019

In the 1980's I worked with the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington DC and Peter was with the Federal Protective Service there. We co-developed a course "Violence In the Workplace" and at times co-taught it to other federal agencies. Peter was bright, honest and hard working with a wonderful way of reaching people and I adored him. I had been looking for a way to contact him and was unable until we attended my husband, Richard Boyden's class reunion

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Posted by: Joan Bender - The Villages, FL - Coworker   Oct 17, 2019

RIP Peter. Thank you for being my friend and mentor. Working for you was the highlight of my government career. I will always remember your kindness.

Posted by: Gail Edelstein - Philadelphia, PA - Family   Oct 02, 2019

Rest In Peace partner I'll never forget you. You were my special friend dating back to third grade. Will always remember us singing together at Bethel AME church and later in Alexandria va. Going to so many sporting events you will always be Pete to me I'll never forget you

Posted by: Harold Younger - Fort Washington, MD   Sep 01, 2019

I got to know Peter when I taught at Herndon HS. He would come into my classes and present life lessons to my students. He was a wonderful man who had a great impact on people. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by: Charles Feinson - Arlington, VA - Coworker   Aug 25, 2019

Pete was my boss for FPS back in 1984 and gave me the first opportunity to serve as a supervisor. He was dynamic and to the point! Great mentor!

Posted by: Dug Salley - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   Aug 22, 2019

It was a pleasure to know Peter as a friend at the High School of Commerce.
Glad to hear he had a wonderful life and was so well loved. May he rest in

Posted by: Nicholas Agnos - Longmeadow, MA - Friend   Aug 22, 2019

I just stumbled on this sad news about a friend, Peter J. Cole's, who had passed away. I wish to send my condolences to Pete's family. I haven't seen Pete since the late fifties or early 1960. Whenever I saw Nancy I would ask about him. I too was from Springfield, MA and now living in Connecticut. R.I.P. my friend. One day we might see one another again.
Sonny Thomas

Posted by: Robert Thomas - Windsor, CT   Aug 22, 2019

Mr Coles was a bright light at Herndon High School when I was a student there. Genuinely cared about everyone, my friends and I used to all shake his hand when we passed him in the hallway. One of my favorite memories is when he wore my basketball jersey at school on the day of our first home game my senior year. Great impact on my life, he we will be missed.

Posted by: Sean Mathews - Herndon, VA - Student   Aug 20, 2019