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1176 Main Street
Fairfax, VT 05454
Phone: 802-849-6261
Fax: 802-849-6262
Peter Goldstone

Peter Goldstone

Saturday, January 4th, 1958 - Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Peter Goldstone, died on August 22nd, 2019 at age 61 at the Respite House in Colchester, VT, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. His ashes will be scattered during a memorial that will be held in Bennington, VT at a later date.
Peter was born on January 4th, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA. He married Anne Guével on July 11, 1987 and raised 2 children with great love.
Peter was a man of words. He was both driven and accomplished, a traveler, teacher, musician, lawyer. He could argue a blue streak, no matter what the side, he was in it for the exchange. Peter was a music man inside and out. He was a gifted guitarist, inspiring friends and musical collaborators with his playful enthusiasm, virtuosity. Following an earlier career as a linguist and language teacher, he returned to law school and became a sharp, articulate and outgoing lawyer in California and Vermont, with deep commitment to fighting social injustice.

His family and friends paid these tributes to him:
“Peter approached life with an energy and passion that was second only to his love of family and friends. He inspired and challenged us to be better, more interesting, playful and engaged human beings.”
“Peter was equally conversant with Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Blind Willie McTell, as Wes Mintgomery and Joe Pass. Peter had a secret weapon - a crooked finger that I believe gave him guitar playing super powers. He was brave, eloquent, articulate, and always up for an argument - for or against mattered less than the exchange of wits. I am missing him deeply already.”

He is survived by his wife Anne, 2 children Julie and Lucas, their spouse and partner Nick and Robyn, his mother Ruth, his brother Jeffrey and his sister Barbara and their families, and his 2 grandchildren: Malou (4) and Hugo (2 weeks-old).

Flowers wilt quickly. If you wish to offer a contribution instead, Peter would have loved you to donate to the ACLU.

Peter Goldstone est décédé le 22 août 2019 à l'âge de 61 ans au centre de soins palliatifs de Colchester dans le Vermont, après une lutte acharnée contre le cancer. Ses cendres seront dispersées lors d’une cérémonie d’hommage qui aura lieu à Bennington, dans le Vermont, à une date ultérieure. Peter est né le 4 janvier 1958 à Los Angeles, en Californie. Il a épousé Anne Guével le 11 juillet 1987 et a élevé ses 2 enfants avec amour.

Peter adorait les mots. À la fois déterminé et taquin, il était voyageur, enseignant, musicien et avocat. Volubile, il débattait de tout et s’intéressait surtout à l'échange. Peter était musicien jusqu’au bout des doigts. Il jouait de la guitare avec talent, inspirant ses amis musiciens avec son enthousiasme espiègle et sa virtuosité. Après une première carrière dans les langues, il est retourné en fac de droit et est devenu un avocat perspicace et éloquent en Californie et au Vermont, avec un profond dévouement pour lutter contre l'injustice sociale.

Sa famille et ses amis lui rendent cet hommage :
« Peter a vécu avec une énergie et une passion qui ne sont surpassées que par son amour de sa famille et de ses amis. Il nous a inspiré et mis au défi pour devenir meilleurs, plus accomplis, enjoués et engagés. »
« Peter était aussi à l’aise avec Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Blind Willie McTell, Wes Mintgomery qu’avec Joe Pass. Il avait une arme secrète - un doigt tordu qui, je crois, lui donnait des super pouvoirs pour jouer de la guitare. Il était courageux, éloquent, et toujours prêt à argumenter - pour ou contre ; ce qui importait était l’échange. Il me manque déjà beaucoup. »
Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse Anne, ses 2 enfants, Julie et Lucas, leurs conjoint et partenaire Nick et Robyn, sa mère Ruth, son frère Jeffrey et sa sœur Barbara et leurs familles, ainsi que ses 2 petits-enfants : Malou, 4 ans et Hugo qui a 2 semaines.

Les fleurs fanent vite. Si vous désirez faire un don commémoratif au nom de Peter, il aurait aimé la ligue contre le cancer, ou tout autre cause pour la recherche médicale ou pour les libertés individuelles.
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Kelly Smith

Posted at 03:32am
I just learned about Pete today...and,, Im the guy in the photo jamming with him. He knew my ex wife's family better than I did.
he attended college with my ex's Aunt Tazzy...we hit it off immediately .by music we'd talk about heavy issues of life...that's rare nowadays...he helped me gain my retirement pension. .I 'd thought he'd beaten the cancer...was expecting him to jump on my case for my views on recent political stuff...which he did with regularity...and which I always needed....I feel more alone now.
he was a good heart...and it hurts so much to know he's not ..
JT

Jessica Treat

Posted at 01:03pm
Anne and family, I'm so sorry for your loss...am sending much love to you. Peter had a huge impact on so many people's lives...certainly he did on mine. We were both students at Evergreen State College and because of him I arrived in Mexico City in 1982 to teach English in the branch of an institute of which he was already 'sub-director'. Peter left Mexico some 8 months later while I stayed for four more years. It was such a formative time of my life and has colored much of what I've done since. He and I kept in touch over the years, more phone calls than visits -- I do wish I'd seen him during these last few years. Of course, Peter went on to law school after Mexico (whereas I still teach); his was a large and generous presence. His wit, his love of life, his love and passion for his friends and family, and his lifelong curiosity about everything--his love of argument and his skill at it (!)-- the world is lesser without him. I miss him and wish there had been more time. My love to all of you.

Nancy Babcock

Posted at 12:24pm
I'm just reading of Peter's departure today (9/1/19) and am in shock. I "met" Peter 5 years ago, back when both he and I were in Sonoma County, CA--although we only "met" by phone and email. It was by a kind of fluke that I found him...too long to explain here. I hired him to take on my case, which was against my recently former landlord who had, among other things, refused to return my security deposit of about $2000. In the months that followed, we discovered that we had many common things in our backgrounds--Vermont being at the top of our list. (I lived there for 17 years, 13 years beyond my 4 spent as a student at UVM.) And then, there was French--we both spoke it--I had lived there for 5 years, he married his French wife. We held common political views, although at the time we didn't discuss them per se, but it was obvious. And, we both were grammar geeks and both had taught ESL inFrench universities while living in France.
My former landlord was a high-powered real estate mogul and San Francisco real estate attorney. He thought he was king of the world and bullied others into thinking that too. But not me, and not Peter. Peter deftly handled my case--even doing it at a cut-rate because he could see what a low-life arrogant bully my former landlord actually was, and after finding out about all of the ways in which this man had broken the law just in the context of his being my landlord (remember, he was/is a "real estate attorney" and apparently thought he could get away with anything), Peter said, "I don't like this guy," and proceeded to win my case--without going to court (although we could have done that and probably won more, but we mutually agreed that it wasn't worth the time and emotional hassle as by then I was living in SC). Peter won $22,000 for me over and above the minimal fee I paid him.
Peter is one of my heroes. I was so surprised when he landed back in Burlington (he and I left Ca a year apart--I left first)--partly/mostly because of the long hard VT winters, after both of us having experienced the infinitely gentler CA version. We became FaceBook friends, and I was always so honored when he reacted or commented on any of the posts I made--most often about political issues, but sometimes when it was just pics of sunsets or cats. His comments on the political were always especially welcome, and he had a wonderful way of setting people straight who were fighting against something I'd said-- still and always my protector. I had noticed that I hadn't seen him on FB lately...l kept coming to his page to check if I had missed anything and thought that maybe he was just giving FB a rest.
We had sent the occasional private FB message to each other...I was going to finally get together with him the next time I was in VT (I'm not there often). I am devastated to learn that all the time I had known him he'd been battling cancer...and that now he has left this life, probably at exactly the right time in terms of avoiding having to endure more of this current political regime. But I know that Peter would not have chosen to leave because of that--Anne and his family meant far too much for him to have ever left them willingly. How I wish we'd had at least one face-to-face...we had so much more to say and share.
My deepest condolences to Anne, and their family--I cannot imagine this loss to all of you--and to all of Peter's many friends. I am honored to have known him the little bit that I did and will be forever sad to know that he is no longer on the planet, although I have no doubt that he is keeping close watch from his new vantage point. Thank you, Peter, not only for all that you did for me, but for being the kind and loving human being that you were. You will be so missed.
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Wendy Hubenthal

Posted at 09:12pm
Brother of my heart, I am full of love and sorrow. I am also so glad that I got to see you in Vermont a couple of years ago. Though there were many years when we weren't in touch, the childhood we shared is forever with me. You were my lively "little brother," always ready for some shenanigans. Along with Barbara and Jeffrey, you made my entire childhood a riotous joy. Your passion and enthusiasm and creativity were already evident in those early days, as they were throughout your life. Your gusto for life is the gift I will take with me. All my love to Anne and family, Cookie (Ruth), Jeffrey, and Barbara. Wendy Hubenthal
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Ronit Rubinoff

Posted at 07:49pm
Peter was on the board of Legal Aid of Sonoma County when I joined as a fledgling executive director over 15 years ago. For many years, he played guitar as part of our annual fundraiser. Peter was also my friend. He was the warmest, kindest person I knew. He always spurred me to "take on more of the bad guys". His commitment to fairness and justice was tireless. I will miss his spirit and inspiration. Ronit.
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