Peter Herman Quattrini

Peter Herman Quattrini passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the age of 83. Pete was a BOI, born at St. Mary’s infirmary in Galveston on November 7, 1939. He attended Sacred Heart School and then entered Kirwin High School, playing in the band, until his graduation in 1957. Following high school he graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a secondary Teaching Certificate in 1961.

Peter married the love of his life Virginia Sue Smith on October 21, 1961 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston. Peter started his teaching career in a rural school, Olfen, in San Angelo, Texas, teaching there for 3 years. After the birth of their first son, Virginia and Peter moved back to Galveston to be closer to family and higher education. Peter was employed at Hitchcock ISD teaching 6th grade while working on his Master’s degree at Sam Houston University. He graduated in 1968 with a Masters of Education degree with Texas certifications in School Administration and Counseling. Peter became a Hitchcock ISD principal in 1970 at Northside Elementary and went on to become the principal of Stewart Elementary in Hitchcock which he held for 3 years. In 1976 he was reassigned to be a principal of Crosby Intermediate School. Virginia and Peter moved to Clear Lake City in 1978, where Peter held a teaching position and then was principal at Bay Elementary School in Baybrook and Ferguson Elementary School in League City. Peter made many contributions to education and communities he served.

After retiring in 1997, Peter and Virginia traveled to all 50 states, Italy, Sweden, Russia and European capitals: Paris, London, Rome.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents Peter H. Quattrini and Margaret Underhill Quattrini. Also, two infant sons, David and Stephen Michael Quattrini.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Sue Smith Quattrini and son Christopher Quattrini of Goodyear, Arizona, two grandchildren David Quattrini of Ft. Worth, Texas and Rachel Dempsey, and one great-grandson William Stephen Dempsey of Seattle, Washington.

The Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 16, 2023 from 5-7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 6:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas. A Funeral Ceremony will follow on Monday at 10:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker, League City, Texas 77573. Interment will follow the Ceremony at 2:00pm on Monday at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.


  1. Peter was my principal at Bay and Ferguson Elementary. He was so much more than a principal. He and Virginia were friends.

  2. Mr. Quattrini was my sixth grade teacher at Stewart Elementary in Hitchcock. He was a great teacher. He really cared about us students. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

    Marleta Payne
    • Me too, sixth grade at Stewart. I’m sure I knew you. He was one of the best teachers I ever had.

  3. Peter was was a life long friend. We grew up across the street from each other in Galveston. We remained friends throughout our life. Several times he and Virginia came to visit me in Louisiana, where I now reside.
    He was a wonderful person that was always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia, Chris and his family.
    Haydee Waters
    New Roads, Louisiana

    Haydee Waters
  4. Peter and I were friends since freshman year in high school. We went to all the proms together. He was a wonderful friend. We stayed in touch ever since. Virginia and I were nursing school classmates. They were the best. We weathered a lot of storms together and a lot of fun together.

    Jean Templeton
  5. “Mr. Q” was my principal for seventeen years: first at Seabrook’s Bay Elementary School and then at League City’s Ferguson Elementary. During the years that I worked for him, Peter’s leadership abilities were unsurpassed. He was an expert at balancing high expectations with genuine concern. He laughed with us, and in times of loss and disappointment, he cared about our heartaches. Mr. Q was largely the reason that I settled upon a career in education; he was the best principal anyone could ever ask for; but most of all, he was my mentor and friend. The void that his passing leaves in our hearts can only be filled by the fond memories of him that we will continue to cherish for whatever time is left to each of us. Most would agree that true friends are rare; and having so noted, it is with great sadness that I bid farewell to one of my truest friends, Peter Quattrini.

    Gary Brown
  6. Pete,Virginia, Teddy,my wife, and I have been friends for than forty years. Pete and I worked together as teachers and principals in the Clear Creek School District during this time. We attended many professional conferences and were always roommates.
    The four of us traveled together to many foreign countries like Germany, Austria, Scotland, Canada, including Nova Scotia, and also, local trips here in Texas.
    Pete was an avid saltwater fisherman and I was a freshwater fisherman. He taught me the tricks of the trade so much that I bought a saltwater boat. We added two more fishing partners, Ron McLeod and Charles Winsor.
    I’ll never forget all the good times we had! Pete was a good friend! He will be missed!

    Hoyt St. Ama
  7. Mr. Quattrini was a brilliant light for those who had the privilege to know him. He will be missed.
    Ninfa Seloff

    Ninfa Seloff
  8. Virginia, Chris and family: Pete was one of those rare, dedicated educators that kids remember with gratitude — because he made a topic interesting, taught us how to seriously study, or simply made us want to be better people by aspiring to his high standards and integrity. Truly a good and godly man. Our heartfelt condolences to you.

    John and Connie Rooney
    Boerne, TX

    John and Connie Rooney

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