Peter passed away quietly and peacefully at home on September 17, 2021. His stubborn love for life and optimism that supported him for 92 years, were finally defeated by heart disease.
Born in Portsmouth, England, on April 28, 1929, Peter traveled the world working as a geologist, from Montreal to Niagara Falls, from Singapore to Nicaragua, Jordan, and Brazil, fueled by his incredible energy and curiosity. Peter received his PhD and settled in Waterloo where he taught at the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Department.
After retiring he volunteered extensively: at a local school, at the Freeport Hospital palliative unit, at the Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum. His love for children and his incredible generosity inspired him to found Abrazos Canada - a charity supporting access to education and health care in Mexico and Ecuador. He spent the last ten years volunteering in orphanages and physical rehabilitation centres in these countries.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Nesta and his son Martin; he cared for and supported both in their struggle with cancer. Peter decided to give his remains to Science, in the hope that this will help assist with the advancement of medical research. There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony at a later date.
Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Dawn Yew and the amazing team of palliative nurses that compassionately and skillfully supported Peter for over a year.
Peter’s passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family (daughter Charlotte Ryan (Jerome), grandson Peter Ryan, and partner Mona Negoita) and his many friends. In his memory, he would like you to hug a loved person and tell them how much they mean to you.
Should you wish to, please make a donation to the charity of your choice or to Abrazos Canada https://abrazoscanada.wordpress.com/, to honour his work. This may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.