It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Peter on December 13th, 2021 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Jane for 66 years who will miss him beyond measure. Loving father to Mark (Ada), Michael (Leisha), Catherine (Ted), and Cheryl (Jim). Grandfather and great grandfather of Joel (Tracey) and their children Konner, Eben and Preston, Holly (Trevor) and their daughter Eve, Jessica (Brett) and their children Cadence, Blakely and Jordyn, Janelle, Bethany (Claudio), Drew, Maddison (Craig), and Dana (Mark) and their son Van. Peter will be most remembered for his love of his family.
He will be dearly missed by his many card, golf, and Church friends, extended family, and especially best friends Harry (Jane's brother) and his wife Clara Begley, who supported each other through many decades.
Peter was the son of immigrants, born and raised in Hamilton's Brightside neighbourhood where his father operated the Brightside Barbershop. This was the place to talk politics, sports, and community concerns, which fostered a love for all of these in young Peter. It was here that Peter learned his sense of duty to his fellow man, leading to countless stories of Peter's kindness and generosity. Peter put others first which sometimes meant opening the family home to family and friends in need.
As a professional football player, Peter was traded to the Calgary Stampeders from the Ti-cats, and suited up for the Ottawa Roughriders in the 50's. He later coached countless minor Pee-Wee teams. Peter also had many happy memories of his career as a Manager at Union Gas. He enjoyed his retirement golfing, travelling to Florida in the winters, and cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events.
As per Peter's wishes a private service has been held. Donations, if you wish, can be made to the Good Shepherd in Peter's memory, or random acts of kindness would be appreciated by the family.
Published by The Hamilton Spectator on Dec. 18, 2021.