Peter Michael KOTYK
1959 - 2021
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June 5, 1959 - March 30, 2021 It is with such saddened hearts that we share the loss of a beautiful soul, our father, our brother, our uncle, our friend, Peter Michael Kotyk. Peter passed away unexpectedly this week of a stroke at the young age of 61. This great sadness is shared by his son Michael and spouse Amber, sisters Cathy, Rachel Delaney and brother-in-law Brian, Lucy Carpenter and brother-in-law Dennis Van Brussel, and brothers Gregory and Paul. He was the cherished uncle of Laura (Tim) and Rachel (Steve) Carpenter, Corey, Kyle and Lauren Kotyk and beloved friend of Carrie Richards. Peter was the adored first son of Michael and Laura Kotyk and dear brother in-law of Sandra Kotyk who all predeceased him. Everyone who knew Pete loved him. They say he never had a mean bone in his body or spoke ill of anyone - a rare trait by any standard. In the early 80's he was a formidable squash and racquetball competitor who left many shaking their heads as to what just happened to them. He loved fishing with his son, his Dad and brothers. Pete enjoyed just about anything that had to do with being outdoors. Being indoors never suited him. After dedicating 25 years working at Domtar Papermill, Peter pursued many interests, but like his father before him, his heart was always in farming and gardening. His gardening plans began in early January each year with caring for his many seedlings. It culminated with the boundless growth that even he could not control. Peter kept his family in an inexhaustible supply of home-grown vegetables, grown with love and shared in the way that only those who knew Pete would understand. He worked with community gardens, helping others to learn planting and was never too busy to lend a helping hand to others - be it gardening, moving, or just about any odd job he was asked to help with. Just recently Peter added 12 beautiful chickens to his backyard pen. His "girls" provided dozens of special organic eggs to family and neighbours every week. This was his joy and his life mantra - providing for others. Many people say that Pete was their "favourite". Indeed, he was special, one of a kind. This unique life was taken far too soon - he had so much more to give. Rest in peace "sweet Pete". The family sends our love and thanks to the brave and compassionate staff of NHS St. Catharines Intensive Care Unit, including all the nursing team and Doctors who cared for Peter in his final days and helped his family through this most difficult time. Final arrangements have been entrusted to George Darte Funeral Home. For now, a private family gathering will commemorate Peter's life, but a proper tribute and celebration to respect Peter's life will be held at a future date. To honour Pete, you can plant a vegetable garden or even try a single plant this year and when you taste those fabulous home-grown veggies, you can thank Peter for the inspiration and share the love with all those around you. You can also plant a tree to remember this beautiful person, whose love of nature knew no bounds. Condolences and memories may be sent to: The Kotyk Family, c/o 105-140 Parnell Rd, St Catharines, L2M IV4 or e-mail: or online guestbook: at

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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Apr. 1, 2021.
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April 14, 2021
I’m sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. I played squash with him at white oaks many years ago. Of course he kicked my butt but was so nice about it. I am sorry for your loss.
Jill Dakin
April 8, 2021
I had many gut busting laughs with Pete in our group tents in the Militia. Pete was like Bob Hope at an army base entertaining the troops with some spot on impersonations of our sergeants barking out ridiculous orders.
He is one individual that everyone that went thru that difficult training would easily remember all those years ago.
Rest In Peace my friend!
Rob Paton
Served In Military Together
April 2, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences to the Kotyk family on the loss of Peter. Tommy and Gunta Bartley Riga Latvia.
Tommy Bartley
April 2, 2021
Deeply saddened by the loss of Pete. My most sincere condolences to the family. Pete always showed an incredible zest for life. His energy was hard to keep up with. Although I haven't been in touch with Pete for many years, I thank the family for the obit letting me know Pete kept his enthusiasm and used it to be helpful and make the world a little better place.
Bob Rosetti
April 2, 2021
Such a beautiful obituary. I’m really saddened to hear of Peters’s passing. I met Peter thru Anna. He was larger than life! A smile on his face all the time. I will miss the chats we had whenever we bumped into each other. Rest peacefully Peter.
Silvana Difruscia
April 2, 2021
Lots of good memories and fun around Peter at the squash club. He was a great team mate and competitor and I will miss his unique and wonderful personality.
Doug Newman
April 1, 2021
Sorry to hear about Peter’s passing. My condolences to Rachel and family
Michael Michaud
April 1, 2021
shocked and saddened by the loss of petey we had some great times growing up together especially in the kotyk basement playing poker,risk etc listening to tunes.and generally driving the mike,laura and your sisters crazy.jeff(ace) fortushnick and family rip
jeff fortushnick
April 1, 2021
My sincere condolences to Rachel and family .
Robert De Wolfe
April 1, 2021
Sorry to read of Peter's passing. Worked with him for 25 years. Always smiling and fun to be around. Condolences to all family members and RIP buddy .
Michael Balyk
April 1, 2021
I knew Pete back in high school. Great guy, lots of fun to be with. Just a really nice person. Saw Pete about 10 years ago and we had a laugh talking of old times. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.
Ron Sebert
March 31, 2021
Gonna miss you Peter. I have so many great memories from hanging at your parents house to the great PEI trip we took! You turned me on to Gentle Giant. Rest In Peace brother. You had the best wheel kick! Brad
Bradley Morgan
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