MERRILL, Peter Anthony
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Born in Montreal on September 13, 1928, Peter died peacefully on November 8, 2012 at the Scarborough General Hospital in Toronto. He enjoyed a successful career with Crown Life and Westmount Life Insurance in Montreal, and became a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table in the early 1960s. Peter started keeping fish as a hobby in the early 60s, and started importing salt water fish for his own use. In 1969, Peter co- founded (with John Norris) PJ's Pet Centres Ltd. in the Alexis Neon Plaza in Montreal. The store distinguished itself by being the first store in Canada to sell salt water fish as well as other animals. Through the 70s and 80s, PJ's opened more stores in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Boston. Anticipating the arrival of big box stores, Peter started Super Pet in 1994. Between the two companies, Peter was responsible for opening over 40 stores. Peter was a man of many interests. He loved motorcycles, riding his Harley Davidson up until two years ago. He will be remembered for his wild stories and his sense of humour. He was also an avid builder of model trains and aircraft. Peter is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his 3 children: Michael (Andrea) Joanne (Dice), and Suzanne (Mark), his sister Mary, and his two grandsons, Blair and Lucas. Respecting Peter's wishes, there will not be a funeral.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 15, 2012