- Listed: October 2, 2019 11:40 am
- Expires: 819 days, 20 hours
8 October, 1935 – 24 September, 2019
Peter passed suddenly but peacefully at Penticton Regional Hospital.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 60 years Eda Clara Peril (Wellman). He was the proud father of son Peter, daughter Christina and husband Doug, and three grandchildren Sean and Kevin Thompson and Holly Peril. He is survived by his brother Harry Peril and family. All will cherish his memory and the influence he had in their lives.
Peter was born near Poplarfield, MB, one of seven siblings. He joined the military at a young age servicing in the Army Military Police Corps for 12 years. During this time he was deployed to Germany and on UN operations in Egypt, Goland Heights and Cyprus, spurring his fascination with foreign cultures. He met Eda, who was also in the RCAF Military Police, married and started a family.
In 1967 he retired from the military and purchased Eda’s mother’s farm in Osoyoos. He quickly learned to be an orchardist, learning as much as he could from neighbours and friends and becoming part of the community. One of his closest friends, Dave Dietrich, who passed in 2018, introduced him to salmon fishing on the Pacific coast.
Always needing to be active and busy, as if running an orchard and raising a family wasn’t enough, he became a Canadian Immigration Officer in 1974 where he spent 35 years, including several periods of short employment following retirement helping many people achieve their dream of starting a new live in Canada. He had the opportunity to serve in Canadian Embassies in India.
Once his children left the nest, Peter and Eda began to make regular trips to China enjoying each other’s company and the adventure of travel.
Finally selling the orchard in 2011, he and Eda retained the house and a gorgeous garden. He couldn’t stay away from the orchard, often seen with a favorite dog Brandy, and a pack of cats tagging along helping the new owner or just out fiddling amongst the trees.
Quiet, firm, fair and always compassionate he motivated those around him to reach for their full potential, always trying to be better; but he always reminded everyone to be happy and enjoy life.
Peter will be missed and remain in the hearts of all who knew him most of all as a good man, a loving husband, a nurturing father, a trusted friend, a good orchardist and caring Immigration Officer.
A small service was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Osoyoos at 1100 a.m. on 1 October, 2019.
If desired please consider a donation in lieu of flowers in his memory is asked to contribute to the Easter Seals.
Messages of condolences and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.
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