It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Pete, on Dec. 6, 2013, at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C. Born in Holland on Dec. 15, 1951, Pete was just shy of his 62nd birthday. Having spent many enjoyable years with his wife, Vicki, raising their sons, Spencer and Darren on the Sunshine Coast in Halfmoon Bay, he retired from the Boilermakers #359, and moved to their summer home in Barriere, B.C.
An avid fisherman, and true outdoorsman, Pete loved their family camping trips throughout western Canada and the States; their winter home being in Yuma, Arizona. Pete’s daily treks to pick up ‘cans for recycling’ along the highways (and ditches) of Sechelt and Barriere, were a well know sight… and a favourite pastime (gas money to be made, you know). His wood chopping warmed many a house in Sechelt over the years and carried right along in Barriere. Many a ‘tale’ could be told by his best buddies, Sandy Matthew and Pierre Beauregard.
Pete will be dearly missed by his loving family – wife of 37 years, Vicki, sons, Spencer (Darcy), Darren (Deanna); grandchildren, whom he absolutely adored, Alexandra, Jacob, Jessica and Caitlyn, all of Ft. MacMurray, Alberta, as well as his ‘adopted son’ Ryan and Natalie) Anderson of Campbell River, B.C. Predeceased by his father, Cornelius, Peter is also survived by his mom, Vera (Abbotsford), brothers Louis (Wendy), John (Gabrielle), Tony Gail), Fred, sisters Margaret (Terry), Brigette (Grodon), Gail (Todd), and Diane (Jan); and many inlaws, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Pete will be missed also, by so many dear friends in the Sechelt area and Barriere, as well as Yuma, Arizona.
At Pete’s request, there will be no funeral service at this time. Instead, a celebration of life will follow in the summertime. If any so desire, please consider a donation to the Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital, in lieu of flowers.