Le COUTEUR, Peter
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June 20, 1940 - November 4, 2012
Peter passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Penny, his sons Tim (Janna) and Alan (Jennie), and his grandson Owen. He is also survived by his two brothers, Allan and Bill (Rosie).
Peter was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up in Auckland. He moved to Vancouver in 1966 to earn his PhD in Geology from UBC. Over the course of his career as an exploration geologist, he worked on every continent. He hiked, flew and sailed through some of the most remote and rugged parts of the world, living in camps, yurts and huts of every kind. He ran his own consulting practice and also co-founded a successful business processing till samples for diamond exploration in northern Canada.
He loved to travel with his family, and lived for periods in New Zealand and Indonesia with them. At home he enjoyed squash and field hockey, spending time with his boys, and working on rocks with the scanning electron microscope in his home lab. He lived a full and adventurous life, and leaves us with many fond memories. We are all richer for having known him.
A celebration of life will be held 10 am Saturday, November 10 at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Sugar, Melissa and the rest of the staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Lions Gate Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the BC SPCA.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2012