May 2, 2024

May 24, 1956 – May 2, 2024

On Thursday, May 2nd, after a courageous battle, Peter passed away peacefully at home with his wife and sons holding his hands.

Aside from the deep sense of loss felt by his wife Kiley (nee Philp), and cherished sons Aiden and Kieran, he also leaves to mourn his mother, Roxanne Bradshaw (nee Purdon), his sisters Paula (Roger) and Nancy (Larry), and his nephews Eric and Gregory. He is predeceased by his father, beloved uncles Jimmy and Charlie, and best friend Eugene (Gino). Peter will be greatly missed by his many friends; most friendships having lasted several decades.

Peter spent most of his youth in Laval West, St.-Eustache, and Two Mountains. He graduated from LTM in ’73. His family spent most summers in Maine at Hermit Island Campground, and these were some of Peter’s fondest memories growing up. He eventually settled in Pointe-Claire.

To name just a few of his work exploits, Peter was a sound engineer for several travelling bands, worked in both body work and mechanics, restored pianos to their brilliance, and drove big green machines. 

Peter loved to golf, play bridge, listen to all kinds of music, and collect antique guns. He had a huge passion for classic cars, motorcycles, and boats. He’s owned and restored too many to try to mention. He passed on this love to his oldest son, Aiden, and was so proud to be here to see him start his mechanics program a few weeks ago. Peter was a true “Jack of all trades” and master of many! He could fix anything and had an engineer’s mind for solving things out of the box. His youngest son, Kieran, attacks problems in the same manner, and Peter truly admired this about him. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Oncology Department of the LGH, the Palliative nursing team at CLSC Lac St. Louis and Nova West Island. 

Most importantly, we would like to acknowledge sincere thanks to Terry, helping to care for Peter over the last 3 months, and supporting us as a family. We could not have done it without his dedication, care, and expertise. It put Pete at ease and gave great comfort to us all. 

We also would like to mention our appreciation to his friends who visited and gave Pete something to look forward to. He truly enjoyed the company and laughs.

As per Peter’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation. A private celebration of life will be held with family and close friends at a later date. Should you wish to donate, please do so to the Canadian Cancer Society to promote early screening.

10 responses

  1. Tim Kearney ( Brendon and Aidan )

    May 6, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    I met Peter and the family at Skycroft Family Campground in Ontario. Our kids hit it off and spent many summers running around enjoying the summer. Many found memories of Peter and the gang. You will be missed but never forgotten….

  2. Jean-Jacques (Jaś) Granas

    May 6, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Kiley, Aiden and Kieran, I was very saddened to hear of Peter’s passing.
    I met Peter at George’s piano shop (Le Pavillion du Piano) on Cartier Blvd., where we both worked in the 1980s. As I was shimming soundboards and Peter preparing piano parts for spraying, we shared endless hours of interesting conversation. Peter’s witty comments about things great and small and his inexhaustible supply of jokes and good stories kept all of us in a great mood and eager to show up in the morning. I appreciated his intelligence, his wide knowledge of so many different and unrelated things, his sense of humor and his rare ability to strike up a conversation with absolutely anyone. I was in my very early twenties at the time and I looked up to him. He was a cool dude. A few years later, when I matured enough to notice such things, I came to admire his natural common sense and healthy skepticism, which made him impervious to all the nonsense that life throws at us from all directions. I like to think that some of it perhaps rubbed off on me. It is Peter who dropped me off at Mirabel in his little Honda Civic when I left for Europe in October 1991. It was the last time I saw him and as I stood there in front of the terminal, I felt sad to see him drive off. I know all the saints up there are already lining up for golf lessons. Goodbye my friend, thanks for the laughs and the good memories.

  3. Sandee Fuller

    May 7, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    Awe Kiley I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your boys. You All were there with Peter, what he wanted, he felt safe and cared for in his surroundings ! Sending love ❤️strength and hugs. I’m here for a chat. My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your boys. I’m not far. I’m just so sorry

  4. Debbie Dunne

    May 7, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    My condolences to Peter’s family. I remember Peter from Immaculate Heart of Mary School and saw him again at the LTM 25th reunion in 1998. And more recently he was kind enough to reach out to me after my sister passed telling me he had pictures of us at the science fair when we were in elementary school together. Sadly, we ran out of time. But I was touched that he should remember me and want to share some pictures of all of us when we were kids. I hope you all find comfort in the beautiful memories you made together.

  5. Penny Purkey

    May 7, 2024 at 6:14 pm

    Kiley, Aiden and Kieran, I’m so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a very unique man of many talents. It was awe inspiring to hear how you all worked together fierce of heart, to give Peter his last wishes. He was blessed.
    I hope you will find comfort in all your good memories together. Big hugs,

  6. Judy Dunphy

    May 8, 2024 at 11:19 am

    Peter was friends with my sister Terry who passed away in 2017. They were classmates for many years. Condolences to the family.

  7. Jennifer Butler

    May 8, 2024 at 6:35 pm

    Peter was a constant support in my life as I faced single motherhood. He would take on watching my son with Aiden at least once or twice a month so that Kiley and I could get out for some grownup time. He would cook the boys lunch and have diapers changed by the time we got home. His support (and Kiley’s) carried me through some very difficult times. Peter showed great tenderness towards my baby son, I can close my eyes and see him caring for “the boys”. I am very grateful for the kindness he showed me and for the listening ear and wise advice he would always offer.

  8. Cynthia Homan

    May 9, 2024 at 9:29 pm

    Kiley , you and your boys are in my prayers. So sorry for your loss. Your commitment to Peter was incredible. Take care. One day at a time.

  9. Pierina

    May 11, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Kiley, I’m so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. May you have the best memories of him to keep you grounded and strong. My sincere condolences to you, Aiden,Kieran, and all the Family . Thinking of you all during this sad time.

  10. Art Hodges

    May 11, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    Peter was one of the many hangers about Château Cartier, which is where our lives crossed. I remember him as a happy person, with a strong sense of the ridiculous and no b-s approach to life. He was a devil’s advocate and loved taking the opposite point of view just to get you going. He was a highly principalled person who always stood up for the little guy.
    I’m honoured that he considered me a friend. The world is smaller without him.


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