Peter Arthur Deeks
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Deeks, Peter Arthur
April 28, 1945 - Nov. 6, 2009
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Morley Bedford Funeral Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto.
Surrounded by family and close friends at St. Michael's Hospital after a very brief illness, Peter passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, at the age of 64.
He was the beloved husband and best friend of Wendy, devoted father of Sarah and Jocelyn, golf companion and father-in-law of David Freeman, grandfather of a daughter yet to arrive. He was the cherished brother of John (Marg) and Jim (Barb), and uncle to David, Megan, Martha, Charlie and Colin Deeks. He was brother-in-law of Margo and Jack Pulkinen and uncle to their children, Morgan and Stuart.
Pete was a graduate of Upper Canada College (1952-64) and the University of Western Ontario (1967), a lifelong member of Rosedale Golf Club and latterly Gator Creek and Sara Bay in Sarasota. He was one of the most highly regarded and most successful life insurance specialists in the country, as president of his own firm, Deeks Associates, and as a representative of several of Canada's largest insurance companies, principally Manulife. His popularity among a vast circle of acquaintances was exceeded only by the admiration in which he was held as a businessman, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and devoted friend, by all. Words cannot describe how much Peter will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Squires Club at St. Michael's Hospital, c/o St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond St., Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8; or to the Dr. Charles Tator Tribute Fund, c/o Toronto Western Hospital Foundation, 190 Elizabeth St., 5S801, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4 would be greatly appreciated by the family.



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Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, 2009.
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November 19, 2009
Our sincere condolences to Peter's wife and family. We were business clients of his for over 40 years, and had the highest regard for him, his his work and his values. We will miss him.
Peter & Madeleine Gump, Newmarket
November 11, 2009
My sincere condolences to the Deek Family.
Rick Yeager
Sarasota, FL
November 10, 2009
(Sarah/David & Family) Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.....
Scott Phelan & Family
November 10, 2009
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of a dear husband, father, father-in-law and "grandfather". Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Les & Kathy Hodgins
Hodgins Family
November 10, 2009
A true, old school, gentleman; kind, honest, and generous with his time and knowledge. Peter was the benchmark for business integrity. It was my pleasure to have worked with him.

I offer my sincere condolences to his friends, family and business colleagues.

With a heavy heart,
Andrea Kreutzer
November 9, 2009
Dear Wendy, My heart goes out to you as you face life without
your best friend and husband. I will be praying for you and your
family, may the God of all comfort be there for you. Your
neighbors on LBK will miss him. I will keep you in my heart.
Love and SHALOM, Bev Dennen
Bev Dennen
November 9, 2009
Peter was a class act who never varied from being a gentleman, friend, professional and trusted advisor. In every occasion, over several decades, that I had the good fortune to meet and speak with Peter, it was a pleasure and it was helpful. He will be remembered as "they just don't get any better."

My sympathy to Wendy and the family.
Brian Ironside
November 8, 2009
It was my privilege to have known Peter over many years during my long association with Manulife Financial.
He was a classy individual who carried
his business and personal relationships with dignity and respect and where appropriate humour.

My sympathy to Wendy and family, and to Diane, a long valued colleague and friend. He will be missed. He was a 5 Star Master Builder associated with Manulife reflecting the highest level of quality service and commitment to his clients.

His passing is our loss. But he leaves many friends, and great memories.

Sadly, Barry Hall Port Perry On
November 7, 2009
I knew Peter as a fellow agent in my office. Even if he was busy he always had time to give you a smile and stop and talk to you. He was always there to help you with advice if you wanted it or just to listen to you. I cannot say I knew him well but I knew him well enough to know he was a great guy.
Greg Greenham
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