PROVIAS, Peter John, BASc., P.Eng. - (April 23, 1920 - March 8, 2018) - Peter had a good long life full of many experiences and lots of love.
He passed peacefully on Thursday March 8, 2018 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Peter will be missed by his wife of 65 years Kris, who took such loving care of him, his three sons John, James (Deborah) and Michael, grandson Hayden and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Ann (Arthur), older brother George (Marion) and younger brother James.
Peter was born on April 23, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario and was raised in the depression era yet managed to excel in both pick-up sports and academics.
He served in WWII reaching the rank of Flying Officer, with full service decorations. As the Navigator for a Halifax Bomber, Peter guided his crew safely home for a total of 33 missions. His crew from squadrons 424 and 415 was recognized as the last remaining intact RCAF aircrew. After the war, he attended the University of Toronto and graduated in 1948 as a Metallurgical Engineer. He worked for both the International Nickel Company of Canada (INCO) and the Government of Ontario and proudly wore his iron ring to his last day.
At almost 98, Peter retained his keen sense of history and love of country. He instilled a love for Canada in his family while proudly flying the Canadian flag at his home for over 63 years in Oakville, Ontario. He travelled the world, and he made sure his boys experienced all regions of Canada.
Peter was an avid golfer starting as a caddy at the Chedoke Golf Course in Hamilton at the age of 11. He introduced golf to the family through many outings to the Trafalgar Golf and Country Club where he was a member for over 35 years. He continued on to play some of the world’s greatest courses till late life, although the last games may have been in memory.
He was also an accomplished painter with his works of art lining the walls of his home. Later in life Peter loved hanging out at the cottage in the Parry Sound area of Georgian Bay, his walks into Bronte and his drives along the Niagara Escarpment.
Peter was a loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather who cared for and about his family while keeping us smiling with his unique sense of humor. Peter set his sons up for success in their pursuit of their areas of interest: medicine, engineering and golf. He instilled the love of sport in his boys and was active in his support, with golfing road trips to tournaments in Canada and the USA - nobody could re-grip a golf club like Peter! Peter fostered his grandson’s passion and curiosity for engineering through special moments spent together tinkering in his workshop.
Peter put everyone first before himself. He was a reserved man who had a strong voice when he chose to use it and had an influence that was subtle but powerful.
A special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and staff at OTMH and all the Personal Support Workers for their excellent care.
Please join the family at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville for a gathering to celebrate Peter’s life on March 28th from 7 pm - 9 pm.
If desired, remembrances to the Red Cross would be appreciated.
His former skipper said, "To Pete - our navigator who always got us there and back." From his family, Peter, you will continue to take care of us in our hearts and will be always remembered with everlasting love and affection.