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GRUNER, Dr. Peter Hamilton
"He believed in himself and in all of us… He risked curiosity, wonder and spontaneous delight, and embodied the human spirit."
Peter passed away peacefully at the age of seventy-eight on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, surrounded by loved ones. Beloved husband of Gay McDougall; cherished father of Peter Cameron (Deb Dagenais), Miriam (Kevin Dias), Mark, Monica Bouchard (Christian) and the late David; treasured grandfather of Caileigh, Megan, Keaton, Leanne, Bethany, Erica, Tara, Sarah, Magdalene, Matthew, Aaron, Joseph and Evelyn; dear brother of the late Michael (Violet), the late Christopher (Ruth), Anthony (Wendy), Nicholas, Lela (Richard) and Jennifer (John). Also a special uncle, cousin, godfather, mentor and friend. Predeceased by his first wife Bernadette.
Born in Montreal in 1933, Peter graduated from Loyola High School, Loyola College, McGill University and Concordia University. Dedicated Oncologist and General Practitioner at St. Mary's Hospital and worked in Palliative Care at the Montreal General Hospital. Peter was a true renaissance man; in addition to a career in medicine, he pursued his interests in sailing, woodworking/turning, theology, art, music, languages, birding, camping, canoeing and cooking.
Peter was instrumental in setting up the West Island Palliative Care Residence and was a Pastoral Visitor at the Lakeshore General Hospital.
The family will welcome you to Fritz Community Centre, 20477 Lakeshore, Baie- D'Urfé (514-695-7979), on Friday, January 13 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Edmund of Canterbury Church, 105 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, on Saturday, January 14 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the West Island Palliative Care Residence (514-693-1718, ), the Histiocytosis Association of Canada ( , 250-764-6104) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Funeral arrangement entrusted to Voluntas Commemoration 514-695-7979,
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.

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Published in Monteal Gazette on Jan. 13, 2012.
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February 15, 2012
Dear Gay, Jenny and Lela,

I will be sending a written note of condolence to you (via a charity).

In addition, I wanted to pay tribute to your brother who helped me as a teenager with a problem that was so difficult for me at the time: my skin. He got me pointed in the right direction and I was able to get help for my condition. I will always be grateful to him for this.

Martha McDougall
Martha McDougall
February 7, 2012
My condolences for your loss.
I knew and respected Peter through Power Squadron.
Richard Seale
February 2, 2012
Dear Tony,Nikki,Lela and Jennie,

After reading the many tributes about my cousin, Peter, the common thread that runs through them is that he made a difference for good in the world. I am reminded of what was said many years ago about our grandfather, Dr. Emmett Mullally. Goggie and Peter both practiced Medicine in the spirit of the inscription on the entrance to the Paris College of Surgeons----"We dressed his wounds--God healed him." I believe that Peter and grandfather are together now with the Great Physician " regions His keeping, and at rest." I hope my words bring some comfort to you as you try to manage during this difficult time.

Maureen Mullally Godfrey
January 30, 2012
Thank you Peter for being such a kind and gentle soul and teaching us by example to be better people. We will always remember how caring, thoughtful you were and how you took the time to enjoy and appreciate all the wonders of life.
Andre, Sophie and Lily-Rose Pelletier
January 29, 2012
Dear Gay, It was with shock & sadness that I learned this past Friday of the heart-wrenching loss of your dear Peter. How sorry I was to have missed the funeral. How sorely he will be missed by so many. How lucky you were to have had him for so many years. My heart breaks for you, and all the family at the loss of this great, kind & gentle soul. Hope you will feel up to contacting me in the near future. We have lost touch since your move from the house.
Lorraine Giblin
January 28, 2012
Dear Grandad,
I hope you go into heaven. Please rest for ever in heaven.
Joseph Dias
January 27, 2012

Patricia Leslie Skelton I've been blessed to know some incredibly kind, gentle men who trod so gently on this Earth and on our hearts. Peter knew this from Baba, his Grand Father & his own father Malcolm and my Dad, his Uncle Murray Skelton. He is keeping company with all these men now. I strive to walk as tenderly in my life as this sort of legacy should and can be honored.
Patricia Leslie Skelton
January 26, 2012
Grandad was the only grandad I remember. I loved him very much. Nobody can ever replace him. I will miss him and I am sure everyone else will too. I am sad I will never make a pen with him. But I am glad I got to do so much with him.
Matthew Dias
January 25, 2012
Peter is remembered at Corpus Christi with warm memories.
May your faith sustain you at this time and your memories comfort you.
God Bless,
Outreach Ministry Corpus Christi
Anne Parsons
January 18, 2012
Dear Gruner Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I always greatly admired and respected him. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you through this very sad time.
Love, Lorraine, Hany, Jessica, Stephen,and Jordan
Lorraine Boulos
January 16, 2012
Dear Mark & family, my sincere condolences for your loss. We are thinking of you during this time.
Gamil Fayed
January 16, 2012
Grandad was the funniest happiest most sincere grandad ever and he shall be the only one. it hurts to say that he WAS all those things but we should comfort our selves with the fact he will always for ever be happy; cant you just imagine him strolling around while playing the flute or ukelele. i know the first thing im gonna do next time i see going fishing!
Magdalene Bouchard
January 15, 2012
Gay, We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Peter was a kind and gentle man who obviously touched the lives of many. Know that our thoughts are with you.
Darlene & Sheldon Harvey
January 15, 2012
Dear Gruner family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Dr. Gruner was my family physician (and a very steadying influence) through my late teens and early young adulthood in the late 70's. He always took the time to listen and encourage my ambition of a medical career. His compassion, care, wisdom, humor and equanimity were all attributes I continue to try and emulate through my working life. I have no doubt he will be deeply missed but I hope the positive impact he had on so many both professionally and personally will comfort you.
My thoughts and prayers and with you.
Suzanne Hall-Losier
January 15, 2012
Dr Gruner was a great friend to our father. They went to school together. He came to visit our dad often. He helped us many times. Thank you. May you rest in peace.
Joan Henchey
January 14, 2012
Peter was a wonderful example of a life well lived. We remember him as a man of quiet wisdom and humility - a dedicated family man who reached out to others in the community in so many thoughtful and meaningful ways. His children can be very proud of his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
George & Sheila Snider
January 14, 2012
Dear Gruner Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Please accept our deepest condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Darren, Carrie, Brook & Dawn Gage
January 14, 2012
To all the Gruners,
The world has lost one of its great human beings.All who knew him will miss his impish smile and jovial laughter, which coupled with his kindness and compassion made Peter so loved by all.
All of you will be in our prayers.
May he rest in peace.
Basil & Nora Cuddihy, Calgary, Alberta
January 14, 2012
to the Gruner family , Please except our deepest condolences on the loss of Peter , he was just a wonderfull man , may he rest is peace ,
Les and Jol Poloncsak , from the Prostate Cancer Network , Montreal
West Island Support Group. Pointe Claire . Quebec.
January 14, 2012
To the Gruner family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of a great man. Peter was my husband's doctor, many years ago. He was known by all for his compassion and caring ways, his love of God and family. He will be missed by many in the community. Sincerely, Colleen Heffernan Pearce and Brent Pearce, Kirkland.
January 14, 2012
Dear Gruner Family and relatives. I wish you the warmest thoughts and may you all be safe. I never met Peter until Monday, yet his stories, told by many of those whom his kind heart and profession enlightened, have made me realize immediately of how much of a true remarkable gentleman and a lifesaver he was. May he rest in peace and protect you all from above.
Michel Golovkin
January 13, 2012
Dear Mark and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.
Asad and Anna Abbas
January 13, 2012
To All the Gruner Family,
My sincere sympathies as you face the loss of a great man. I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this time, and will be present in spirit tomorrow morning as you join in the Eucharistic Celebration to remember Peter, praying for him and for each other. I wish all of you many happy memories and consolation at this time of separation. (Sister) Patsy Cuddihy, RHSJ.
Patricia Cuddihy
January 13, 2012
Rest in peace
Pickett Gaudaur Family
January 13, 2012
With thoughts, prayers and love, the Picketts and Gaudaurs
Carrie, Mike and Catherine Gaudaur Pickett
January 13, 2012

I'm sad to hear of your brother's passing. He clearly touched the lives of those who knew him in many wonderful ways.
Jim Mac Donald
January 13, 2012
I'm very sorry and saddened by Peter's passing. He was such a gentleman always willing to help and so enthusiastic in his activities. He will be missed at West Island woodturning club and I will miss him as a friend, Sincere Regards, Mark Currin
Mark Currin
January 13, 2012
Gay, my heart goes out to you in this time of deep sorrow. I did not know Peter very well and we may have only met on a few occasions but he will live on in my memory as a warm, generous and kind-hearted man.

My heartfelt condolences to Peter's entire family.
Barbara Szabo
January 13, 2012
To Gay and her family. We are very very sorry for you loss. We knew Peter for only ten years and we remember him like a person who always listened to you as you were the only person there. He must have been a great doctor. we already miss him. Gay our thoughts are with you.
Jean Demers
January 13, 2012
To Mark and family. I was very saddened to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Eric Dixon
January 13, 2012
Dear Gay & Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Peter's death. I so enjoyed the discussions I had with him about palliative care, chaplaincy in a medical context, and about life in general. I am so thankful for his passion for life, his compassion and his leadership. I will miss him! Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Ian Smith, West Island Palliative Care Residence
January 13, 2012
Dear Jennifer,
so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I'm thinking of you.
Carol Berringer
January 13, 2012
Thoughts & prayers to all Gruners & kin.
Will miss your smile Pete.

Cousin Greg (Toronto, On)
Greg Skelton
January 13, 2012
I am forever grateful to having Peter as a big brother when I was starting my graduate studies at MIT(Boston) in the sixties.His generosity and encouragements to me during his own stay at the Massachusetts General Hospital are still unforgettable and have been an important point in my own career.Helping always others-that was Peter and we will miss him.
Andre D Bandrauk
January 13, 2012
Dear Gruner Family;
So very sorry to hear the news of Dr. Gruner's passing. He will be missed by so many. I have very fond memories of your father's laughter, and smiling face, filling your home in TMR. Thinking of you all,
Jimmy Simon and family
Jimmy Simon
January 13, 2012

Mark: my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lisa Zentner
January 13, 2012
may you rest in peace , cous
matt skelton
January 13, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss, Gay.

Alison Hackney
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