Born and raised in the valleys of South Wales, Peter left home to take law at University College London and Gray's Inn, and was awarded his Bachelor of Laws in 1956. After teaching in London, he moved to Canada in 1960, teaching first at University School and then at St. Michaels School in Victoria. While at University School, he was introduced to Diana Nelson, and the two were married in 1965. In 1969 he became headmaster of St. Michaels School and the first headmaster of the amalgamated St. Michaels University School in 1971. Peter, Diana, and their young family moved to Europe in 1978, where Peter set up the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for the American School in Switzerland. A year later, he became the IB Coordinator for South East Asia, based out of the International School Manila, in the Philippines. In 1981, Peter agreed to take a two-year position as the headmaster of Brent School in Baguio City. Two years became nine as Peter stayed and built the small mountain school into a flourishing, international institution with two additional campuses. Returning to Victoria in 1990, he and Diana ran a bed and breakfast, Wintercott Country House, for twenty years from their beautiful home on the Saanich peninsula. Peter will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years, Diana; his three children Katherine (Eric), Christopher, and David (Kelly); and four grandchildren Anna, Alexander, Grace, and Ava. A celebration of Peter's life will be held at St. Michael and all Angels Anglican Church, 4733 West Saanich Road, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2014.