Peter Alec CALEB
1933 - 2014
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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.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2014.
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October 20, 2014
Mr. Peter Caleb was a terrific Headmaster and personal friend of my Mother and Father, Damaris and Peter Burchett. His leadership strategic vision led to the amalgamation St. Michael's School and University School. He care enormously for the success of the students at the school as he did for his own family. He will be missed and but his legacy endures. Ian Burchett (SMUS 1977)
Ian Burchett
October 3, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Caleb family. My connection with Mr. Caleb was through the wonderful conversations we used to have when he was shopping at the Co-op. He always took the time to chat and share some of his life experiences and his interest in other people's lives showed how much he cared about those around him. What a great loss.
Mona Burgess
September 2, 2014
I will always remember his reading of "The Wind in the Willows" one of my favorite teachers at St Michaels.
Tim Shipley
August 18, 2014
Cher Peter,

With fond memories and some nostalgia
when I think of the interview that you
gave me in your office, in School House,in August of 1973. After a tour
of the school, you offered me to teach
French at SMUS and I duly accepted.
Thank you for your trust and your help.

Merci pour tout, Peter. Au revoir.

René Sanscartier
René Sanscartier
August 17, 2014
Peter was a really terrific person. We remember so many good times with you, Diana and Peter in the Philipines. I know he will be greatly missed. He touched so many lives both young and old.
Carol &Walt Patterson
August 15, 2014
Dearest Diana and family, my heart skipped a beat when i saw Mr Caleb's obit this week in the T/C. He had such a presence!I knew him during his tenure at St Michael's and the amalgamation with University school through my own family connection with St Michael's in particular but where we really connected was on the Independent School Tour to Europe at the end of my Grade 12 year in 1969. He lead the tour with the able assistance of chaperones Dr.Michael Penn and his wife Rosemary. That trip ignited not only a love of travel that remains an essential ingredient in my life but also made me realize i live to eat as opposed to eating to live !! Mr C and i would sit in restaurants together ,me chowing down on new and exquisite flavours ( for everything my wonderful mum was , cooking was not her forte !) while he regaled me with stories of his world travels and gourmand pleasures ! He was funny , interesting and articulate and that summer remains a highlight - graduating from high school into the bigger world and i cannot imagine a better person to have been at the helm during that transition.I have seen the family at your wonderful B+B in later years but wished to tell you about my own treasured memory from all those years ago.All my love , on behalf of the remaining Nation family. May he Rest in Peace thea nation xxx
thea nation
August 15, 2014

condolences to Diana, Katherine, Christopher and David. Peter was a terrific raconteur. I am sure he will be missed.
Barbara McFadden
August 14, 2014
My condolences the Diana and her family
mike garthwaite
August 14, 2014
Mr. Caleb was my favorite teacher at University School and we all had great respect for him. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.
Hamish deWilde
August 13, 2014
Peter was such a great mentor and example! I will miss him!
Fritz Schulze
August 13, 2014
fond memories from time spent together at U.S. in the 60' sincere sympathies to the family....Dykes II
August 13, 2014
I'm sorry to hear the passing away of a great mentor that Mr. Caleb was. He touched my life as well as my brother's while we were in Brent Baguio, in more ways than one. As one of the greatest benefactors in my life, I owe my current success to his encouragement and support as I struggled to adapt to a new environment and a challenging curriculum during my first year at Brent. I'm sorry I couldn't tell him how grateful I am about the great work he had done as an educator. Thank you for bringing light to so many people's lives. You wil be missed by all the people your life has touched.
Eung Ji KIM
August 12, 2014
It was a privilege to have met Peter, a true gentleman. Our deepest sympathy to you Diana, and to the family
Gwen & Chris
August 12, 2014
This joyous gentleman will be sadly missed. go with God Peter.
Maurice & Patti.
August 12, 2014
Our condolences to you, Diana, and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Dave & Sharon Layzell
August 12, 2014
Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Mr. Caleb was a great person and will leave a large legacy in a wonderful family that he leaves behind. Be strong in his memory. Love Debbie
Debbie Anctil
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