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JOHNSTON, Peter Arthur Edward (1921 2008) On February 19 at Victoria Hospice (British Columbia) in his 87th year, loving and beloved husband of Rosanne (nee Hughes) and, before Rosanne, of Valerie (nee Farewell) who died in 1973, father of Celia (Hunter), Geoffrey, Stuart and Sarah (Lalumiere), grandfather of Kate and Sophie, Isobel, Robert and Hugh, Alison and Caroline, and great grandfather of Reese. Peter lived a full life. An Honours graduate of the University of Toronto in modern languages and literature, and French in particular, he was a keen traveller, amateur linguist and analyst of Russian affairs during most of the years of the Cold War. As a soldier (1940-45) he served in England, Italy and Holland Mentioned in Despatches. As a diplomat Peter served in various posts, and ultimately as Canadian ambassador to Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. He served as an election observer in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Angola for the UN and the OAS, and was the author of the light-hearted memoir Cooper's Snoopers And Other Follies". At his request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Cremation arrangements in care of the First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria. Condolences may be sent to www.firstmemorialfuneral.com 446252

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Published in The Times Colonist from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2008.
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February 21, 2008
We were saddened to raed of Peter's passingand wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Rosanne and the family.Peter was a good friend and neighbour to our mother and us while we were in Victoria.We have happy memories of meeting up with him and of his great sense of humour.To quote Kipling,he "could talk with crowds or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch"which must be one of the qualities which made him such a good diplomat.
Whenever we passed by and saw Peter sitting in his "ovalOffice" as we called it,we had a feeling of all being right in the world.
He will be sadly missed.
Richard & Marian Yorke
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