CHIRKE, Peter Gabriel
June 11, 2024

May 06 1945 – June 11 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of dear Peter on June 11, 2024. After a courageous eight-year battle with multiple myeloma, the gates of heaven were certainly opened up to receive him on that day.

Born in Konstantinsbad, Germany, he resided in Bavaria for two years, then relocated to Alsace for four years before immigrating to Canada in 1951 with his parents Eugene and Catherine, and his sister Susan.

In 1970, he graduated from UNB after studying science. He majored in microbiology, which led him to a long and successful career in the diagnostic industry.

Peter was a kind, caring, loving, dedicated and selfless family man, as well as a devout Catholic. In 1999, Peter was awarded the Canadian medal of bravery for a heroic act in California, where he saved two women from drowning while attending a hockey tournament. An avid goaltender, his passion for hockey began at a young age. He played in many leagues over the years, often posing as Ken Dryden while in in the net. Peter played right up to the old timer’s league, earning the nickname “Peter Puck”.

Peter was passionate about oldies music and enjoyed eating good (sea)food, especially from the Maritimes. He loved picnic outings, sitting by the waterfront and watching the sailboats go by. He enjoyed the many peaceful moments life offered him.

He will be fondly remembered for his contagious optimism, and his desire to connect with everyone through his humour and goodwill.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife Valerey, his children Katherine (Liam), Christina (Dave), Sean, Laura (Kevin), his granddaughters Beatrice and Lily, his loving sister Susan and his cousins in Hungary.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the MUHC myeloma research team of Dr. Sebag, as well as Dr. Pamidi, Dr. Vinh, Dr. Deschenes, and Dr. Makhoul. A special thank you also to Dr. Benjamin Gordon, Dr. Renee Schiff and Dr Micheal Singer for their outstanding care throughout Peter’s medical journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated towards Nova West Island, the West Island Cancer Wellness Center, and the Cedars Cancer Center.

The funeral ceremony will take place on Saturday July 13 at St. Luke’s parish in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m., with a reception in the church hall from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The ceremony will also be live-streamed, with the YouTube link made available through St. Luke’s website shortly beforehand.

There will be a 30-minute hockey tribute (shoot out) during the Friday night summer league at the Dollard Civic Centre, date to be determined.

 

 

Funeral Service

St. Luke Parish

106 Anselme Lavigne, Dollard des Ormeaux, Qc H9A 1N9

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 11 a.m.

Reception

St. Luke's Parish

106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9A 1N8

Saturday, July 13, 2024 fro, 12-2 p.m.

84 responses

  1. Glenda Mooney

    June 21, 2024 at 1:46 pm

    Dear Val & Susan and family, In the short time that we got to know Peter, we spent a few suppers together and got to see his great smile and his love for life, we are so very sorry for your loss, and Val & Susan we will spend more suppers together and make a Toast to Peter each time. Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss ❤️ love Glenda & Norm xox Rest In Peace Dear Peter ❤️

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    • Kathleen

      June 24, 2024 at 5:56 pm

      To Valery & family, I am so very sorry for your loss.
      As Valery so aptly expressed Peter was a force to be reckoned with an infectious spirit and soul who loved people and lived his life to the full. A pleasure and privilege to have been on his life path, rest in peace . Well done good and trusted servant ❤️

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      • Valerey Piper

        July 15, 2024 at 2:52 pm

        Thank you Kathleen for your message of condolence and your sweet presence with two beautiful roses , one white and one pink, at Peter’s funeral. He had a special connection with you as you gave him words of encouragement and hope throughout his journey. May God bless you and keep you well. Love Chirke family

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 15, 2024 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you, Glenda and Norm for your condolences, support and friendship throughout Peter’s journey.. We were truly delighted to have met you while being, pet sitting neighbours in Harrington. The early morning texts and phone calls checking up on us… your car wasn’t in the driveway is everything ok.. ha ha.. Just saying call us if you need anything gave us great reassurance in an unfamiliar territory away from routine.!! Upon the happy hours and dinners we shared together, made us feel like welcomed locals.. Peter thoroughly enjoyed our last supper together on that Saturday. Looking forward to getting together once again in Peter’s honour , cheers.. love & best wishes, Valerey & Susan

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  2. Louise Dery-Goldberg

    June 21, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Dear Valerey and Family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a truly exceptional man. We feel privileged to have met Peter and to learn from him how much he cherished you Valerey and his family. It has been wonderful to share in the joy of the arrival of Beatrice and Lily. May all the wonderful memories of a life shared bring you some comfort during this difficult time. Love, Louise & Joel

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 15, 2024 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you very much Louise & Joel for your condolences, your friendship and support during the myeloma journey that you both experienced since 2016…You were a great mentor & inspirational support undergoing treatment together. . You both had a positive and loving impact as well as approach to lives challenges along the way. Only wish we could have shared more time together in friendship and reminiscing of our loving family.. take care, love always.. Val & Peter

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  3. Barbara D’Agata

    June 21, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Valerey and Family,
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and brother. Peter was a lovely man, very kind and generous and was well liked by everyone who knew him. God has opened up His loving arms to Peter, and you can rest assured that he will be watching over his family and everyone who knew him. Rest In Peace Peter and pray for us❤️
    Barb D xxxx❤️

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 3:36 pm

      Thankyou Barbie for your condolences. Yes Peter was a very admirable man, and respectful person. He will be watching down on his family and pray for all his friends. Sincerely, Valerey & family

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  4. Karen Glazer

    June 21, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Val and family, my deepest sympathies on the loss of a special man, may the memories you share last a lifetime xoxo

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 3:45 pm

      Thankyou Karen for your condolences, Peter always enjoyed going into the bakery to see the girls and get a hot cheese bagel he said, was picked especially for him.! Those were his favourite breakfast treats of friendship shared. Sincerely, Val

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  5. Penny Gordon

    June 21, 2024 at 8:06 pm

    Dear Valerey & family – so very, very sorry to hear this sad news about Peter. Our heartfelt condolences to you and all your family. We had the pleasure of meeting Peter only a couple of times years ago but very much enjoyed sitting and chatting with him, hearing about his adventures and how he came to receive his medal of bravery. May all the wonderful memories you have of Peter bring you peace and keep him forever close in your ❤️ . Love, Penny & Ken

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 3:52 pm

      Thankyou Penny and Ken for your extension of sympathy with the loss of dear Peter. I fondly remembered the Christmas social you hosted at your home in the West Island, Peter always enjoyed the company of good friends. Hope to visit with you soon, and talk about our grandchildren together , sincerely, Valerey & family..

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  6. John Walker

    June 22, 2024 at 8:39 am

    Sincere sympathy to Val ,and family and Susan.I will miss Peter at the Marche RIP Peter.John Walker.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 4:00 pm

      Thankyou John for your condolences while you are away for the summer at your cottage.. I know Peter always enjoyed the Marche group every morning chatting with the boys.. sincerely, Chirke family

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  7. Patricia and Jimmy Brown

    June 22, 2024 at 9:08 am

    Dear Chirke family – our hearts are so saddened by Peter’s passing. I am having trouble coming up with words to describe the man that he was to us. He was a fixture in our church community – his smile, his jokes, his kindness resonated through us all. His height alone allowed him to stand out in a crowd as he humbly acknowledge everyone. At the market after mass on Sundays he sat with his “ old time buddies” but was never to far from the St.Lukes crowd. He had so many of us praying for him during his illness as God prepared a place for him in heaven. Our daughter Valerie is a school friend of Christina’s and she had been at your house many times, so he was part of our lives before we even knew him from St Luke’s and made the connection. Be comforted by the memory of his life of which he shared so willingly. Rest in Peace dear friend – you will be missed. Love Trisha , Jimmy , Mike Brown and Valerie , Stephanie Fischer

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 6:23 pm

      Dear Trish and family members, thankyou so much for your heartfelt condolences and support. Peter was very involved in the community on several levels, church greeter hockey player, volunteer , trusted friend. We sincerely appreciate your help and guidance during the mass service and set up. You made everything run so smooth that day in the whirl wind of preparations, as alter server, music assistant, back up kitchen helper. We will stay in touch and have a few happy hours together in honour of our dear Peter. God bless you and your family . Sincerely, Chirke family .

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  8. Lorrie Fern

    June 22, 2024 at 10:55 am

    I had the great pleasure of greeting people at the front door of the church

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    • Lorrie Fern

      June 22, 2024 at 11:01 am

      With Peter

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 6:33 pm

      Thankyou Lorrie for your condolences & sympathy, card in the mail from your new residence. . I am pleased to know that you greeted at St Luke’s with Peter during the Sunday services, he always said you were a great team. . God bless you & keep you well. Sincerely, Valerey & Peter.

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  9. gerald fisher

    June 22, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    My sincerest sympathies , I knew peter back in Montreal in the 60’s and was saddened to hear of his passing. Still have old photos of him at that time and was planning to send them to him…He will be missed is not an exaggeration

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 6:43 pm

      Thankyou Gerald for your condolences, to think you both went back as far as 1960.. wow ..you were both close to 15 yrs young at the time. I’m sure many memories were built together during your youth . So nice that you were able to stay in touch throughout life’s journey. Take good care, sincerely, Chirke family.

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  10. Arlene Donna Grant

    June 22, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    I am remembering my first glimpse of Peter! At the Marche early on a Saturday morning. Tall, smiley, and wearing a fanny pack. That meeting became a weekly coffee date that lasted for years until we moved from Montreal. We met Val and then, over the years, remember how excited Peter was to tell us they were expecting. Each pregnancy was special and then the day he announced they were having twins Peter was over the moon! We were so lucky to have met his mother and Susan and to have been invited to Peter and Val’s home for some of Val’s wonderful meals. Peter was such a wonderful person, I was so lucky to have him as a friend and we are all so lucky to have had him in our lives.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 6:52 pm

      Thankyou Arlene for your extension of sympathy in the passing of our beloved Peter. Yes going back to 1984 at the Marche on Saturday mornings having muffins & coffee together. He truly appreciated the computer tech that Grant was in helping him navigate the network of communication and innovation. He always said Grant taught me everything I need to know about computers. !
      Of course you were such a gracious host and terrific cook on having us over at your house in Pointe Claire. Thankyou for your extension of friendship throughout the many years, even after relocating to BC. . Take good care, Sincerely, Valerey

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  11. Phyllis Weinstock and family

    June 22, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    Dear Val and family
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Peter.

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    • Bob & Camille Morell

      June 23, 2024 at 6:01 pm

      Dear Val and family, Cam and I are do sorry to hear of your beloved Peter’s passing. He was always good-natured and pleasant to be around, even when on the way to his cancer treatments at the Glen. Peter had zest for life which was contagious to everyone around him. He especially loved good food and was married to the world’s best cook. In particular rack of lamb and a nice wine at their little country hideaway in the Townships. Gone but never forgotten and his spirit will live on through his wonderful children and grandchildren.

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      • Valerey Piper

        July 16, 2024 at 7:06 pm

        Thankyou Bob and Camille for your condolences and attendance at Peter’s funeral. He was very appreciative of your rides to the Glen for his treatment, always looking forward to the coffee trolly that came by. He enjoyed volunteering at the Residence especially on cookie days with you in the kitchen. Thankyou for your great cook book, I too learnt a lot from your culinary skills and enthusiasm, keep your apron handy my friend. ! Sincerely, Valerey

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 6:58 pm

      Thankyou Phillis and Karen for your condolences and attendance at dear Peter’s funeral. He was always so happy to enter the bakery and be greeted by you with a friendly smile and warm danish off the baking tray. Thankyou for your support and encouragement during this difficult time. Take good care, Happy birthday twin Leo..,sincerely Valerey.

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  12. Therese, Mike & Caitlin Barrett

    June 22, 2024 at 11:15 pm

    You are all in our thoughts. Losing a family member is so difficult. We pray that you all find the strength as you go through the next few months.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      Thankyou Barrett family for your extension of sympathy during this difficult time. Peter had a real passion for life and friends that he met along the way. Sincerely, , Chirke family.

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  13. Paul Sullivan

    June 23, 2024 at 9:08 am

    Dear Valerey and Family.
    I have had the distinct honour and privilege of having had Peter as my dear friend for a little over 50 years. His parents taught him well on how to become a decent human being. I will remember him for his compassion, commitmant, loyalty, and zest for life. Our sincre condolences are offered to Valerey, thir children, grandchildren, Susan, along with his relatives, and friends. God has just drafted a real special gate keeper to His team.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 7:25 pm

      Dearest Paul and Bev, long time friends and kindred spirits.. How the years have passed by with so many happy memories, camping trips, hockey games, pharmaceutical conferences, and beer BBQ’s..
      You guys had so much in common with values and the true meaning of life well lived. So happy we had one last visit, laugh, & meal together in October 2023, that meant alot to Peter in his condition. Enjoy your retirement years years together, love to both of you, your children and grandchildren . God bless , sincerely, Chirke family.

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  14. Ann Haltenberger

    June 23, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    My sincere condolences, Susan, on the passing of your dear brother. Your whole family is grieving, I know, because my departed husband, Paul often spoke of your closeness — how you supported each other and remained all that a family unit could be. Paul appreciated being included in this bond. Prayers for God’s peace during this sad time.

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  15. René Lecavalier

    June 23, 2024 at 6:32 pm

    S’y

    My sympathy to the family.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 7:34 pm

      Mon Cher Rene’ merci pour votre condolence.
      Peter enjoyed your friendship through the sports of hockey and golf. . Sincerely Valerey

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  16. Michael Lee

    June 23, 2024 at 7:46 pm

    Dearest Val & Family,
    I am so, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Peter.
    He was a great man, husband, father/in-law, grandfather & friend to many.
    He was always known to me as “Buddy Pete” & that’s exactly what he was to me. Even though he was older than me, I still had the pleasure of sharing good times, playing hockey, golf, music and much more together.
    He passed on his wisdom and taught me humility & how to be a good person and, to always know the beauty of God.
    May he rest in peace, freed from pain & be our guardian from above forever.
    Our deepest condolences, Mike Lee & Family

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 8:42 pm

      Dear Michael & family , thankyou for your condolences and attendance at buddy Pete’s funeral . He truly enjoyed your friendship and camaraderie over the years shared together. Glad you were able to have you weekly phone calls and monthly Brasserie outings. He was looking forward to one last jam session with the guys. Im sure he’s playing his drums in heaven keeping up with the beat.! I have his drum sticks as a reminder of you.
      We really enjoyed the New Year’s Eve gatherings that you and lovely Edna hosted at your house , Pete loved to socialize with his close knit circle of friends. Wishing you and your family peace and love through the eyes of God, while Peter is in training up above. Have a great summer, take good care Sincerely, Chirke family

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  17. Rachel Gingras

    June 23, 2024 at 7:55 pm

    My deepest sympathy Valerie. Send prayers for you and your family

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 8:43 pm

      Thankyou for your note of sympathy and prayers sincerely ..Chirke family.

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  18. Debbie Siegel

    June 23, 2024 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Val, deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 8:45 pm

      Thankyou Debbie for your condolences and attendance at my husband Peter’s funeral. You look great , stay young at heart. Sincerely, Valerey

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  19. Ed McGurty

    June 24, 2024 at 10:26 am

    Our condolences to the family from his old timer hockey friends. We could always count on Peter to fill in at times when we were missing a goalie. The pre and post game chats will be missed. Rest in peace.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 16, 2024 at 9:03 pm

      Thankyou Ed for your condolences and friendship that you shared with Peter over the years on and off the rink. He was happy to participate as stand up goalie in the old timer teams he played in, until he retired from hockey in Feb 2020….being #29
      I remember hosting a mile stone birthday BBQ
      for Peter years ago where you, rounded up all the buddies in good cheer.! , sincerely, Valerey

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  20. Nelun Seneviratne

    June 24, 2024 at 11:28 am

    Dear Valerey & family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and brother.
    Peter was such a happy and pleasant gentleman and a fixture at St. Luke’s for the 9:00 am mass over the years. Saying that, we go back 40 years, when our children were babies and we followed the mass from the “crying room”!
    May Peter’s soul Rest in Eternal Peace with the Lord!
    May you as a family find comfort and solace by reminiscing the happy memories you shared together as a family!
    May God bless and comfort your aching hearts during this difficult time in your lives!

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 6:20 am

      Dear Nelun , thankyou for your condolences and attendance at dear Peter’s funeral . Peter was a true Christian and never missed a Sunday service. Going back in time, meeting you and your beautiful family forty years ago while attending mass in the children’s room. Eventually we graduated by sitting in the church pews once our children were able to participate in the service. May God bless your dearly departed husband and keep your family strong & loved. We will meet for prayer time and coffee together soon. God bless, sincerely ,Valerey

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  21. Usha & Virinder Dhir

    June 24, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    DEAR VALEREY & FAMILY,
    We have been Cedar Cancer Center Friends for almost eight years. On Each Visit we looked for You and Peter. Yours and his positive attitude & a big smiles, inspite of what you both were going through was a source of encouragement for both of us. We looked for both of you on June 11th and thought may be we will meet next Tuesday!!!
    Please Accept our heartfelt Sympathies. Remember you are always welcome at our home.
    Sharing your sorrow,
    Usha & Virinder Dhir

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 6:30 am

      Dear Usha & Virinder, thankyou for your condolences and support throughout the myeloma journey. As clinic friends, there were many roads in navigating our husbands treatment plan. Being ever so faithful in accompany both of them to their monthly appointments. Peter always looked for your presence to share some light in this situation. May you both find the strength and courage to follow the journey that God has put you on. Peace & love be with you both, and keep you in a positive light. Sincerely, Valerey & Peter

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  22. Amanda Singh

    June 24, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    Dearest Val & Family,
    Our sincerest condolences to you and the entire family. Peter and your family were a big part of my childhood and I’ll forever be grateful for the happy memories I had with all of you. Please know that my family and I are sending our love and well wishes to you all during this difficult time. God bless, love always,
    The Singh Family

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 6:50 am

      Dear Singh family, thankyou for your condolences and memories shared of the years spent together growing up. I especially remember the beauty Amanda, you displayed in a hand made gorgeous outfit during one or your Indian dance recitals, how amazing you were in such a traditional dance.! Also the girl guide weekend in the Laurentien’s, that you and Katherine participated in., where I was the cook. Time is of essence that brings many blessings our way along the journey through life.! take care, and be well ..sincerely ..Chirke family

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  23. wendy kaplan

    June 24, 2024 at 3:22 pm

    Val. Despite our plans I never did get to meet Peter, but I do remember so many years ago when you first met him and how excited and in
    love you were. I know you two produced a lovely family and many beautiful memories. My sincerest condolences to you all.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 7:16 am

      Thankyou Wendy for your condolences during this passing time in my life. I started participating in masters with you the same year I met Peter in 1979.. His enthusiasm for team sports, encouraged me to build my endurance, through training before every swim meet. He would always say, to me, remember stay focused, do your best and just have Fun.., that’s the name of the game.! Well Wendy after 45 years, of crowded lanes and cold showers, we may not be winning any trophies, but we are still (winning) through swimming, bravo ..just Do it Nike..,sincerely, Val..

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  24. Nancy Renouf

    June 25, 2024 at 7:54 am

    Dear Valerey my sincere condolences. It was a pleasure following Peter all those years. Your support for Peter was a wonderful thing to witness. May he rest in peace.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 7:32 am

      Dear Nancy, thankyou for the many years of support you offered through the myeloma team,, Peter always had a smile smile on his face when he spotted you in your white jacket. The very first day we met you and Sonya, you both said ,don’t worry we will help you through your treatment and support you along the way, The friendly chats in the examining room with Dr Sebag and your team gave Peter & I great reassurance throughout his medical journey . Thankyou for all the care you provide with every patient that you assist .
      May God keep your family well and happy,
      sincerely Valerey & Peter Chirke & family.

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  25. Patricia Geddes

    June 26, 2024 at 8:47 am

    To Val and family, please accept my deepest condolences on the lost of a beautiful soul friend and human being.. I am beyond words to learn this, today..May you all find comfort in the memories you shared for a lifetime. Peter we at the ODC will surely missed you.
    As you receive your wing, Sleep in Paradise..

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 7:49 am

      Dear Patricia thankyou for your extension of sympathy and attendance at dear Peter’s funeral.
      He was fortunate to cross your path while having regular routine blood work done at the Cedar Centre . Always a welcoming & reassuring smile on your face with 5 vials on your desk awaiting his turn. He became known as the muffin man as he alway reminded me to bake some muffins the night before.., for his girls ..at the ODC . He came home so happy in May with a birthday card written with your beautiful sentiments, and a healing bracelet that he said, Patricia gave me.! Thankyou for your professional help and personal acknowledgement in knowing our beloved disciple Peter . May God bless you ,as an angel in a hospital setting. Sincerely Chirke family.

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  26. Paul and Rebecca Murphy

    June 28, 2024 at 3:07 pm

    To all the Chirke family, we were so sad to hear of Peter’s passing. His gentle, kind, loving energy was so was so evident. We were truly blessed to have known Pete, and to have known the love he gave Liam when he moved to Canada. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to spend a few days with Peter and Val in May when we visited. You are in our thoughts and prayer.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 9:44 am

      Dearest Murphy family thankyou for your heartfelt sympathy and beautiful arrangement of flowers that were displayed at the service. So glad you had the pleasure to spend time with Peter this year during his birthday. The biggest thankyou I would like to express is in having your son Liam, as our son in law and the blessing of our sweet granddaughter Beatrice. He is truly a family man as was dear Peter, committed and ever so loving. Being a tremendous help in preparing for our celebration of life in honour of Peter. May the grass on the other side, always be green in Ireland and the sun shine down on your shoulder. May the good Lord keep your family well and happy , love Valerey , Susan & family.

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  27. Nelsie Murphy

    June 28, 2024 at 8:16 pm

    My deepest condolences for the loss of a wonderful man.
    Pete was full of enthusiasm intelligence and wit.
    I am forever grateful for meeting your lovely Pete when he visited Ireland. Sending love and strength to all the Chirke and extended family during this difficult time. Love Nelsie, Shane and family.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 2:11 pm

      Thankyou Nelsie and family for your condolences on the passing of our beloved Peter. We were so happy to visit in Ireland and meet all the Murphy clan , so glad we had that trip.. We are taking care of your big brother Liam, he is a wonderful addition to our family. Hope to visit Ireland in the near future. Sincerely Valerey & family

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  28. Heidi Schweizer

    June 30, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    Dear Valerie and family, On behalf of the whole family Schweizer we offer you our deepest sympathies . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, we have such good memories of Peter and your whole family. Lots of hugs!

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    • Valerey piper

      July 17, 2024 at 2:26 pm

      Dear Schweizer family, thankyou for your extension of sympathy with our lose of dear Peter. He was a wonderful man and lived a full life of lasting memories. How excited he was when we spoke of the many summers our family spent on the farm at Auberge Schweizer. Participating in the haying, swimming in the pond, campfires and strawberry picking were such fun. Peter would go down to kitchen to have a chat with you while you were making homemade bread, of course you sent him home with a hot loaf to share. Your homemade meals in the dining room were absolutely delicious. These are all fond memories that I will keep close to my heart, thankyou for making us feel like family. May God bless you, your family and all your grandchildren. We will meet again some day . Until then, Love and best wishes, sincerely Chirke family.

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  29. Vlad Pasek

    July 2, 2024 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Valerie, Susan and family. My sincerest sympathies. It is very hard to lose someone like Peter. I have known Peter since 1955 when I arrived in Montréal from Europe. We grew up on the same street. I have many wonderful memories of our travels to the east coast of Canada and the USA. Peter was always considerate and helpful. During the scholastic year of 1970-71, Peter and I had rented together with Gerry Fisher an apartment in St. John’s NFLD as we all attended Memorial University. Throughout all these years, we kept up our friendship. Whenever Peter’s professional duties rendered him to Alberta, he always informed me and we would meet in Edmonton or Calgary. The last few years, we would regularly take turns on calling each other. The last time I heard his voice was on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. I will miss those calls but I know we will meet again. Love you

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    • Susan Chirke

      July 5, 2024 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Vlad!

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    • Valerey piper

      July 17, 2024 at 7:58 pm

      Thankyou Vlad for your condolences and regular phone calls to dear Peter. I know he valued your long lasting friendship throughout the years, Immigrating to Canada as a young child and growing up in Canada together. . As time went by with commitment and relocation, ,Peter always felt that he could reach out to you. It was a pleasure having Wiener schnitzel with both of you in Old Montreal upon your visit. Was hoping to have another social at our house before you left for Calgary. The years have left us with fond memories and love in our heart through the bond of friendship. Now we must celebrate the beginning of a new generation with our beautiful grandchildren. That Peter had the pleasure in receiving before he completed his life cycle on earth. I know he is looking down on us with admiration and love. God bless you & your family. Sincerely, Valerey & family.

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  30. Nicole Bastien Kaczorowski

    July 4, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    My sincere sympathy to the family.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 17, 2024 at 8:07 pm

      Thankyou Nicole for your extension of sympathy. during this passing time .Sincerely ,Valerey. ,

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  31. Wayne and huguette Piper

    July 6, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    Valerey and family our condolences . Peter was always joyful and friendly. Honestly he was my best brother in law. We always had a good time together. It is so sad he’s gone but he will not be forgotten. R I P in heaven Peter. God bless you.

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    • Valerey piper

      July 17, 2024 at 8:17 pm

      Dear Wayne and Huguette, thank you for your condolences and support through this trying time. I believe Peter completed his life cycle and had all the blessings that life bestowed upon him with his family & friends. He was so happy to celebrate his role as a grandfather with his two beautiful granddaughters. We celebrated his 79 th birthday in May and an early Father’s Day. So glad we were able to meet up for coffee talk with both of you a month prior, Wish we could have one more celebration together. But now he is enjoying his peace and rest in heaven, that he so truly deserves. God bless you and your family, love sister Valerey, Susan & family

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  32. Colleen and Mike Sullivan

    July 8, 2024 at 10:55 am

    We were so saddened to hear about Peter’s passing. Mike and I were happy that we had a lovely visit with him at our home last November. His positive spirit was so contagious eventhough he was sick. I remember him offerering his services to be our DJ at our wedding in 1988. What a great time. Mike and I wish we had seen the family more often. R.I.P. our dear friend.

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 18, 2024 at 3:29 pm

      Thankyou Colleen & Mike for your condolences , Peter was a long time friend to many people as he enjoyed friendship to the fullest. So glad he was the DJ at your wedding , I’m sure the music was well chosen from his collection of many. We too are thankful that we got a visit in upon Paul & Bevs trip in November. As time goes by, the years become memories of happy moments. Peter completed his mission in life and is now reaping his due rewards.
      All the best to both of you and your family .
      Take care, God bless , Valerey

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  33. Vincent, Patricia Roberts and Family

    July 10, 2024 at 9:33 am

    Dear Val, Susan and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. As Valery so aptly expressed, Peter’s
    spirit was infectious and loved all people who lived life to the fullest. I was personally
    privileged to be Peter’s roommate and best friend at the University of New Brunswick from
    1966 to 1970. I was the neophyte to our journey in life and entirely a novice in what to do
    next, definitely a freshman. Without Peter’s love and support, I would never have had a
    chance for success as a dedicated scholar or athlete. My only solace and comfort at this
    time of distress, sadness and loss, is our faith and love we expressed regularly by phone to
    each other during his suffering with myeloma over the last eight years of his battle. Our
    memories will last until we meet again! Rest in Peace Peter and watch over us!
    Shalom,
    Vincent, Patricia Roberts and Family

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    • Valerey Piper

      July 19, 2024 at 7:59 pm

      Dear Vincent and family, thankyou for your message of condolences. Yes you guys went back a long time ago as room mates, not sure who snored the loudest.! , I’m sure you have such fond memories in your freshman years together. The many trips to the Maritimes brought Peter back to his stomping grounds. So glad that your friendship continued throughout the years, as we were able to meet your children, & lovely grandchildren. Peter lived a full rich life of happy times, love ,unity and memories that were encompassed by his faith and believed that one day, he would enter the kingdom of heaven. That wish has been granted and he is now at peace . May God bless you all. Valerey & family

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  34. Francois Allard

    July 12, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Dear Valerey and family, I wish you my deapest sympathy.
    I was fortunate to play hockey with Peter only a few years. His love for the sport was contagious.
    Wishing Courage for the family in these difficult times.

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    • Valerey piper

      July 19, 2024 at 8:17 pm

      Bonjour Francois, thankyou for your extension of sympathy with the loss of my dear husband Peter. I’m so glad that he found your friendship through the sport he loved the most, hockey. He was a team player and looked forward to sharing a cold beer with his buddies after the game. Well I must say, he sure is making saves, in the net up above.! Our family is keeping all the wonderful memories of him in our hearts, merci beaucoup. Sincerely, Valerey

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  35. Yve St-Jean

    July 12, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    Our condoleances to the family. Salut Peter

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    • Valerey piper

      July 19, 2024 at 8:21 pm

      Merci Yve for your condolences, Peter has found his blessed resting place after his mission in life was joyfully fulfilled. Sincerely, Valerey & family ,

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  36. Randy Spoar

    July 12, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I got to know Peter pretty well in the last few years. When the Marche de Louest crowd cleared out on many times Peter and I were the lasCt holdouts. We had some great one on chats about many subjects. We also jammed on a couple of occasions. He was the glue that kept that group together, organizing our Xmas lunch at the Marche. He was the conduit to Bert and also doing what he could for him, even in spite of his ailing situation. I will miss him. Deepest condolences to Peter’s family.

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    • Valerey piper

      July 20, 2024 at 2:19 pm

      Thankyou Randy for your condolences in the passing of dear Peter. He mentioned your name several times from the Marche group and also jamming sessions played together. How he loved playing the drums to the beat.! The highlight of his day was to set his alarm at 8:00 am and meet the guys.. at the market, he enjoyed his social group.
      So glad you got one last chat in with him before his sudden departure. He is resting in peace now and enjoying all the tea & talks on a new level in heaven. Take care, God bless..Chirke family

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  37. Mary Dellar

    July 12, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    Peter was the dog whisperer. He loved our Kaleigh and she loved it when he fed her cheese. Always a kind smile and word, a neighbour and one to be admired. Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

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    • Valerey piper

      July 20, 2024 at 2:45 pm

      Dear Mary thankyou for your condolences on the departure of dear Peter. Yes he loved all animals and was delighted with your Kaleigh girl, even though she wasn’t suppose to be found at our house down the street.! Peter was a true family man and a wonderful husband, father, he showed by example, and not by command. He was preparing to enter the gates of heaven as he felt he had completed his life cycle , he is at rest now.
      So glad we spotted you at Château Vaudreuil during your sweet daughters graduation, your children have beautifully grown into young adults. Enjoys the journey that parenthood brings.
      May I please offer you my condolences on the passing of your dear Father Len, he was a kind gentle loving soul. May God bless you and your family and may cherish every moment along the way. sincerely Chirke family .

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  38. Sir Edwin

    July 13, 2024 at 10:42 am

    PETER has always been a super human being,always welcoming,sharing, kind ,and responsible, respected, by many.
    He always shared his vino, fish,bread, potatoes.
    I think of him as Saint Peter.
    Have very good memories of him , and I know he will be missed by many and be most welcomed eternally where
    he is now .God bless , the world needs more humans like him.

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    • Valerey piper

      July 20, 2024 at 6:04 pm

      Thankyou Edwin and Janice for your condolences on the passing of a dear soul mate. Peter was an exceptional gentle man that showed respect and compassion to everyone that he met, he was my happy man for 45 years. We raised 4 beautiful, successful children together. I believe he was called on that day to enter the kingdom of heaven, as his mission in life was completed. Now he is resting in peace and enjoying his crab legs & latkes.! All we have left are all the fond memories and love in our hearts. God bless you, today and throughout eternity. Love & peace, Valerey, Susan & children

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  39. Nat, Lucas & Marcus

    July 14, 2024 at 11:50 am

    Dear Aunty Val, Susan and our four amazing cousins, we are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Peter was one of a kind in a very special way. He always greeted us with such warmth and love. He genuinely cared about everyone and we knew it. We will miss having him over, especially at Halloween, when he loved coming over and handing out the candy bags to the trick or treaters. We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. We all really miss our Uncle Peter. Sending you all our love. ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Valerey piper

      July 20, 2024 at 6:33 pm

      Dear Nathalie, Lucas and Marcus, thankyou for your condolences. Uncle Peter truly loved being invited to family events. He always asked, when are celebrating Carol’s birthday and going for roast beef at Nat’s house, your Yorkshire pudding was a favourite.! Of course every Halloween he was so happy to greet at your door in awe of the kiddies costumes. Peter was a humble man and enjoyed the simplicities of life., and quality time spent with his family. Whenever there was a solution to a situation to be had, he would always say.. go ask Nat, she’ll know what to do.! He was happy to talk hockey with Marcus, always giving his advice playing in nets, as a long standing goal tender. Thankyou so much for all your support at this difficult time, you make everything seem so much easier to manage, Peter is very proud of you, as am I.. Thankyou for always being there for us. love you always, Aunty Val , Aunty Susan and our four children, and two lovely ,grandchildren. God bless you . Xox

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