A Remembrance of Peter Curtis
Peter was born in Vancouver on April 16, 1950, the youngest child of Dean George F. Curtis and Doris (Margeson) Curtis. He was spouse to Judy, brother to John, Joan, and Robert (deceased), and uncle to Catherine, Devon, Matthew, Jean-Pierre and Nicole—all of whom remember him as a loving, interesting, and interested person.
His sister Joan says of Peter “He was my little brother, my doll: I bathed him, fed him, played with him, and sang for him. He was always so cute, with his bright shiny eyes and lop-sided, crooked smile, features he retained throughout his life.”
Throughout his life, Peter enjoyed a vast and eclectic range of interests and passions. He had university degrees in law, education, and librarianship, which he put into practice in libraries and law firms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Weyburn, and La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Peter also loved the outdoors, had many adventures in his kayak and canoe along the shore of the Pacific Ocean and throughout Western Canada and could identify the different howls of the coyote. He embraced life in Northern Saskatchewan enjoying the outdoor activities of the season making many friends. Peter, and his brother, Robert, built the family cabin at Shuswap Lake, BC. He had a detailed knowledge of history and could easily recite lines from Shakespeare. Always curious and with a lively intellect, Peter was constantly reading books and book reviews, listening to music especially opera, and following current events on the radio. His evaluations of people and events and even family were often insightful, if occasionally annoying.
For many decades, Peter was a committed member of AA, and he became a close colleague and friend to many others involved in the movement. He struggled to cope with anxiety and depression and strove constantly to achieve his best and please those close to him. Highly introspective, he found solace and peace in meditating and participated in annual retreats throughout North America.
In retirement, Peter returned to Nova Scotia, where his mother was born and raised. He bought a house with Judy, his rock in life. There he led a peaceful but busy life, building garden beds, clearing wood, mowing the lawn, repairing the barn, stoking the home fire and walking the dog. Blessed with a natural “gift of the gab,” he enjoyed the companionship of many friends, old and new.
About a year ago, Peter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called pleura mesothelioma. He fought it and bore it courageously, but on January 14, 2021, he passed away peacefully at his home in Beach meadows with his “rock” Judy, by his side.
We will miss you, dear spouse, kid brother, uncle and friend.
Special thanks extended to Dr. Gary Ernest and the medical staff and nurses of Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, the Palliative Care team; Dr. Gowan and Natalie Brookes as well as the nurses of Queens Branch; Victorian Order of Nurses and the CCA’s of Queens Home Support.
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Judy and family So sorry to hear of the passing of Peter.
Take solace in your memories of Peter. Hugs.
Judy and family.Sorry, to just hear of Peter’s passing.You are in our thoughts . I really enjoyed my stops for a quick chat and a lunch. Usually, the talk was about his old antique tractor, which he finally sold me. I always enjoyed the visits. RIP.
Wayne Cross & Lana Johnston
I am so surprised and saddened to hear this news. Peter was always very friendly and outgoing. We spoke often when I was managing the Astor and again as community choir members. He was so keen on the Arts and all things cultural. I am so very sorry for your loss.
I spent many good times skiing & working at the Food Bank with Peter. I really enjoyed his company and our discussions. Peter – you will be missed. Ironically after leaving La Ronge, Peter & Judy moved to NS not too far where I used to live.
Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Peter was interested in many things and always up for a good conversation. He strived to be as helpful and kind as he could, and never stopped trying to learn and improve.
He had a great love of nature and animals, and a gentle spirit that he willingly shared. Take comfort in your fond memories, and know that we remember him fondly as well.
I am so sorry to hear of Peter’s death. I enjoyed my visits with Peter when they lived in La Ronge . They were always very interesting! To all his family and especially Judy please accept our condolences!
My condolences to Peter’s wife Judy and family. Peter & I were both friends of Bill W. Rest In Peace Peter.
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing Judy. I remember his whimsical smile and quiet manner with a twinkle in his eye that suggested he had a lot more to say.
Glenys Plunz in La Ronge
Very sad to hear of Peter’s passing. His obituary confirms my knowledge of him, as a very intellectually lively, interested person, with a passion for knowledge and the outdoors. He was also a very helpful librarian to my students and to myself at the NORTEP library in La Ronge, SK. Warm condolences to Judy, Peter’s partner.
He was a great librarian and awesome help during my university year at NORTE/NORPAC La Ronge!
Condolence to his family and friends
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing Judy. We didn’t know him well, but found him an interesting and engaging person. Big hugs my friend❤️
Mrs. Terry Helary
Sending love and light from La Ronge. I did not know Judy or Peter well. Both were very friendly and I remember both well. I remember taking a yoga class with Peter. Fly high on your journey Peter.
Carmen Pauls Orthner
I am so saddened to hear this news, Judy. Sending our love to you!!
To Judy and families sending my sincere condolences on Peter’s passing . RIP Peter.
Judy and family my deepest condolences on the loss of Peter
I have fond memories of Peter when we worked together with the Pahkisimon Library System in La Ronge!
So sorry to hear of this Judy. I’ll always remember a fun day spent with Peter in the bow of my canoe.m, which is where I got to know this friendly, gregarious and interesting guy. I know he will be dearly missed. Sincere condolences from us both.
To Peter’s Family
I am sad to hear that Peter has died. I met him through events in Port Medway and the Seaside Community Centre. He was a very pleasant and interesting man. My Sincere Condolences.
Judy we’re so sorry for your loss with the passing of Peter. As a coworker I really enjoyed our times together. He was interesting, intelligent and had a great sense of humor. He & I had many great conversations also, one in one. His gift of Winnie the Pooh needlework is still hanging at my work station at PNLS. You will miss him yet see or feel his presence often during days to come. Our condolences….. Henry & Allyson Brown
Kendell & Kennedy Colp
Judy and family,
So sorry to hear about Peter, Karla spoke highly of Peter from chats at the seaside… I remember the day we all talked across the road at the beach, wish we could even go back to then. Kennedy and I know fresh what you’re going through… we can only hope it gets better in time even tho it doesn’t seem like it now. We send our deepest condolences. If you ever want to vent… just let me know
Peter was my true and wise friend. Clever and bright. He was kind and gentle.
We had such wonderful discussions.
I cannot express my grief.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Judy and family, and am thinking of you. Peter always had neat stories to tell, and we could all learn from him to always try new things and be involved in our community.
I am so sorry for your loss, Judy. Peter will definitely be remembered by all who knew him.
I remember the wonderful conversations with Peter on an expansive number of topics over the years in La Ronge. He was so friendly, caring and enthusiastic. His amazing commitment to meditation was wonderful for our little group we had for a while.
I think of you so often Judy. Love and care to you and the rest of Peter ‘s family. Val
Judy and family, it with great sadness that we learn of Peter’s passing. I remember Peter in a variety of outdoor settings—the beach at Waden Bay, the hiking trails at Don Allen, skiing at Nut Point—these beautiful and meditative places that we all love for their peace and tranquillity. May you each get comfort by remembering Peter in your own quiet places.
Peter gave my mom a new life. He made it possible for the two of them to be close to nature, to live near the ocean and they let 3 wonderful pups grow up with them. Peter loved Law dramas, and we’d watched them together when we’d visited in 2016. He encouraged my 3 year old son to listen to complex classical music, in case a sleeping Mozart was resident, and as I now listen to him hammering on the piano, I’m reminded of these efforts. I’m grateful that he and my mom found each other, and I’m sorry that he is too soon gone. He is already and will forever be missed.
I didn’t know Peter very well but we enjoyed a nice walk on his land a few years ago when he and Judy invited. His sister loved and enjoyed his spirit from the beginning and he must have benefited by inspiring people.
My condolences on Peter’s passing, Judy and family. He was a passionate, active man with a willingness to discuss a large range of topics. I think fondly back on our many walks as we debated and discussed. Take good care and know many of us are thinking of you in northern SK.
Peter was a good friend, and I have many terrific memories of our time together when he lived in Alberta. We spent many days wandering the Rocky Mountains together, where we had many invigorating (and extended) conversations.
Karen and Charles McGee
Judy and family – we will miss Peter. We feel very fortunate to have met you both very soon after we moved to Nova Scotia. There was an immediate bond. We will miss concerts at the Osprey, St. John’s Church and especially Celtic Colours.
His light will live on forever through those he loved and loved him I’m return. My heart is with you Judy. Xo
Peter was a kind soul and a true friend. Always lending a much needed ear when I found myself needing one. He enjoyed nature and I believe it brought him much peace. Thank you my friend for all the light you brought into the world when sometimes it seemed too dark. May your light shine on in all those that had an opportunity to be fortunate enough to have crossed your path.
I knew peter from aa. he will be missed
Tu me manqueras Peter.
Je vais m’ennuyer des tous ces beaux et joyeux instants que nous avons passés, Joanne et moi, à chacun de nos voyages dans les maritimes, du bois à débiter pour l’hiver, de pergola à assembler, des plans pour réparer la grange, des promenades avec les chiens sur le bord de mer, de ta bonne humeur, de ta bonté presque naïve et de ton rire si communicatif.
Maintenant que tu en fais partie tu as un univers infini à découvrir et tu y as probablement déjà trouvé la réponse à la plupart de tes grandes questions existentielles.
Je t’y rejoindrai bientôt. En attendant nous resterons proches de Judy pour qui les soirées sans son compagnon risquent d’être longues et froides.
Bon voyage, ami! Nous comblerons le vide que tu laisses dans nos vies par les plus beaux souvenirs,
My condolences re Peters passing. I say this on behalf of the Friday lunch crowd who enjoyed his presence! RIP
May his memory be a blessing.
I will miss you Peter.
I am going to miss all the lovely and joyous moments that we passed together when Joanne and I travelled to the Maritimes: splitting wood for the winter, assembling the pergola, studying your plans for barn repair, walking with the dogs on the seashore; your good humour, your nearly naïve goodness and your communicative laughter.
Now that you are part of it, you have all this infinite universe to discover and no doubt have found answers to most of your existential questions.
I will join you soon. In the meantime we will stay close to Judy for whom evenings without you will no doubt be long and cold.
Travel well, friend! We will fill the emptiness that you have left in our lives with our dearest memories.
Judy, was saddened learning of Peter’s passing. My condolences to you and the families. I really enjoyed working with Peter when an issue arose. Loved to here the stories about his life.
Judy and Family,
Terribly sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a great guy and a real chatter box.
While employed with the University of Manitoba in the early 90s, Peter lived in the Royal Crest Apartments here in Winnipeg.
Outgoing, curious and friendly: Peter made himself known to many.
I remember his love of the outdoors and music. I recall his 2 handmade kayaks chained to the trees at the back of the building and his love of listening to CBC Radio…he was definitely a “worldly” gentleman.
Rest in Peace, Peter.