SouthCoast banker and model Peter Muise has died

The SouthCoast community has lost an example and a leader with the passing of Peter Muise, former President and CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union. He was well loved and respected.

Muise died on July 6 after a 19-year battle with cancer, and he will be remembered not only for his business acumen, but also for his philanthropy and his work as a tireless advocate for the homeless.

“He had an incredible ability to make you feel important, regardless of your rank in life. Peter saw individuals as important, not their position in life,” said his close friend Reverend David Lima,
Executive Minister of the Greater New Bedford Inter-Church Council.

“Over the past few months our families have been blessed to be together, and it was a constant struggle for Peter every day, but he fought hard,” Lima said. “Peter was the smartest person in the room, but he never came across that way. With just a few questions and a few statements, he got straight to the point.”

According to Lima, Muise has done a lot of research and reading on many different issues. Regardless of all that Muise did for the community, it was first and foremost his family.

“He was saying how proud he was of his wife, Robin, of his accomplishments and community awards, and of the children,” he said.

Lima claims that Muise loved sports and was a prankster.

“We laughed so much together! ” he said. “Peter loved his sports. There were times when I was at home watching a game, and there was bad play, so I would get a text from him saying, ‘Did you see that?'”

The thought came to Lima that Muise was only two years older, “and yet I feel that he was one of my greatest mentors, who was above nothing, and to me that was This is the sign of a great leader, and that is what Christ taught us also; those who are greatest among you will be servants of all.”

And he was.

By the way, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union posted on Facebook that they wanted everyone to know that their contact center and all branches will be closed on Wednesday, July 13 so that their team members can attend services. from Musee.

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