ETHERINGTON, Peter 1928 - 2012 "Happy is the man who has the love of family and friends." I, Peter, was born May 25, 1928 in Epsom, Surrey, England to parents Rose and Edward Etherington. My mother thought she was giving birth to a very large baby, and surprised everyone, when she delivered triplets John, Peter and Mary. At age eleven, I started working as a errand boy for Heward's Butcher shop which later led to my apprenticeship. In 1946, I was stationed in Palestine for peace-keeping duties, returning in 1948 to England, where I met my darling Doreen. Our first date, resulted with me knocking over a box of chocolates on her lap, as we sat watching a movie at the cinema, the chocolates melted, ruining her skirt. Luckily, for me, she saw a good man, who would love and cherish her forever. We married June 10, 1950 and had many, many wonderful years together and three beautiful children. My dear Doreen passed away February 8, 2007 and my heart was never the same. During the early years of our marriage, I was employed as a double-decker bus driver in England, but in 1962, I took a chance for a better life, moving my family to Victoria, B.C. and had fifty wonderful years in Canada. I retired from Woodward's meat department in 1982 and never looked back. Life was full of travel, family times, grandchildren and hobbies. I taught myself carpentry, starting small with children's toys and baby cradles and then going on to master the challenge of Adirondack chairs. At age 83, I backpacked my way around Scotland with my two daughters … life was grand but now its time to say good-bye to all the ones I love. Dad, we will miss you very much but you know that we will carry you and Mum in our hearts forever …Thanks for the wonderful holidays and all the happy memories. Love you forever … Your Nutty family Karen (Ash), Kim (Bruce), Ethan (Jenn), Jeremy (Tara), Adam (Laura), Kyle and your two precious great granddaughters Payton and Kiah. Give Mum a kiss from your "two girls". Thank you family and friends for your caring words. Special thanks to Nurse Jill, for helping Dad, pass away at home, with dignity and surrounded with love.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2012