Dear Christine and family. Peter was a special individual who I enjoyed talking with immensely. Such an amazing life he shared with you all. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Kodi Hutchinson.
Dear Christine and Family .... My emotions are in turmoil , I had lost complete knowledge of Peters life not Long after his UBC graduation and mine at BCIT.,until not many months ago ..I googled him ,finding a possible background description and possible phone # . I hesitated to pursue !
We started our freindship in 1964 ish at Moscrop and then onto Burnaby Central high schools .
Peter was very active in many clubs and developed his passion for mathematics . We belonged to Burnaby Amateur Radio , earning our operators .licenses . Cheered on the Wildcat football teams . We both bought nice cars his a 67 Chevelle 2 door and mine 65 Malibu SS . Freedom was Launched ! In post Secondary many new freinds were brought onboard our Possey joining forces from both BCIT and UBC . Pub Crawls and much Socializing of both sexes . Impromptu drag races on Galardi Way and on up to SFU ! ..Peter introduced me to Chicago Transit Authority at PNE Forum performance. The 60,s and 70,s were fantastic rock and roll years and we tried to experience as much as was possible .
My attempt to contact Peter this past Labour Day weekend stimulated a call from Christine on Monday evening , one that I almost missed as my wife and I were attending an outdoor Jazz concert on Gibsons Waterfront . Christines message of Peter passing knocked me off
balance . After so many decades of disconnection I missed Peter by a few weeks to laugh and talk family,s ,focused on Grand kids of course ! So I must stop putting off ,as time in this case has caused me to lose a life long freind and that sip of Scotch together !
Dear Christine and family. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time.
We remember Peter for being so easy to connect with at first meeting and all our, albeit few, conversations so effortlessly engaging. He truly makes us smile upon remembrance.
Tim Blumenschein and Wendy Bakgaard
Dear Christine and family. I was shocked and saddened to learn of Peter's passing. While I only really got to know him a couple of years ago, I truly enjoyed every conversation we shared. Whether it was about HVAC systems, jazz music, cars, or his new grandchild, Peter was passionate about everything and everyone he was engaged with.
I will be making a donation to CKUA in his honour and invite others to do the same.
Dearest Christine and Maggie;
Our hearts ache to think of Peter's passing. I have fond memories of Peter and Christine bringing Maggie over to our house for kiddie parties and we always appreciated Peter's sharp wit and humour in situations like those! His grandson will hear stories of his grandpa and Peter will live on through those memories and the love of family and friends. "Beyond the door, there's peace, I'm sure, and I know there'll be no more tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton). Sending our love and heartfelt condolences - xxxxBarb and Brent Evans and family.
I first met Peter in 1981, when he and I worked at the Computer Modelling Group (CMG) in Calgary. We collaborated on many projects, and wrote a few papers together. I remember one occasion when we presented a paper at a meeting in New Orleans. After the conference day was over, Peter and I enjoyed a few glasses of Scotch at the hotel bar. Then, Peter insisted that we stroll through the French Quarter. During our walk, Peter suddenly stopped in front of a hole-in-the-wall bar, where some elderly musicians were playing. This turned out to be Preservation Hall, a noted jazz venue. Some more imbibing and jazz listening ensued. This was typical of Peter: you never knew where you would end up, but there was always Scotch and music involved.
Peter, Alda Behie and myself left CMG to form Dynamic Reservoir Systems. Peter was a very sharp dresser, always attired in impeccable shirts, jackets and ties. We often had to "pitch" our software to oil industry executives. Alda and I always liked to make sure that Peter talked to the most senior guy in the room: Peter looked and talked the part of an up and coming tech entrepreneur.
Unfortunately, DRS did not survive one of the many oil price crashes. However, I have kept in touch with Peter and Christine over all these years.
Just a few weeks ago, all the DRS founders met in Calgary and had a convivial dinner. What a shock it was to me to hear of Peter's passing, just after seeing him again.
Many years ago, Margaret (my spouse) and I happened to be in Vancouver at the same time as Peter and Christine, and we arranged to meet at the bar of the Sylvia Hotel. Of course, adult beverages and music was involved.
By chance, Margaret and I were in Vancouver just after hearing the sad news about Peter. Margaret and I made a point of going to the Sylvia Hotel, and raising a glass to Peter.
I will miss you Peter. Wherever you are, I am sure you are enjoying a libation, while listening to music. You are also undoubtedly the sharpest dresser in the room.
Our sincerest condolences to the Sammon family. We were shocked to hear of Peters’ passing and hope time will bring some degree of peace to those that knew him.
Dear Christine and Maggie,
I am so saddened by the news of Peter's sudden passing and can hardly believe that it is true.
We have shared so many wonderful times and have good memories of our past trips where we spent time overseas in Germany and also in Invermere. Our girls became best friends and are to this day.
Peter was always so well read and it was a pleasure to talk to him about the latest articles from the Economist on Saturday mornings, while the girls were playing in the house. Yes, we started our being neighbours and became friends.
I shall miss you Peter.
We are so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. We always enjoyed chatting with him at our Stampede breakfasts, neighborhood parties, or just passing on the streets. Our sincere condolences to Christine and Maggie, and the rest of the family. A great loss❤️
My deepest condolences to Christine, Maggie and Peter's whole family. Peter was a very kind man. We met at the track became friends and raced together in Rotax in the early 2000’s. He was a well respected true hard core Racer! He will be truly missed.
I met Peter when I joined CMG in 2007. Right from the start, it was clear Peter was special and a great person to be with. It was immediately clear that Peter was as we say in Dutch a "Bourgondiër", a person who fully enjoys life, good food and drinks, and a party every now and then.
In the 4.5 years I was working with Peter on the DRMS project, we've had many discussions. Some on testing the software he wrote, many on karting and formula 1 and a host of different topics. Even after I left the DRMS project to work on other projects within CMG, there were fortunately many times when I could interact with Peter.
At that time, many of our "discussions" happened at the lunch table where many laughs where shared. I remembered one story where Peter rented a Vespa in Italy and rode around on it, until that didn't work out that well and a visit to the hospital was needed. Obviously he returned to the lunch table at CMG with visible injuries and told the story for all to hear. Vespa's are different than karts after all.
I'm glad I got to know Peter and for him showing that enjoying life is important. I'd like to think that many people that met him feel the same way.
My sincere condolences to Christine and Maggie. This is not an easy loss. Perhaps knowing how Peter touched other peoples life in a very positive way helps a little.