Obituaries & Death Notices
BARRETT, Peter Fowler
Published:Aug 31, 2019
Event Date:Aug 21, 2019
BARRETT, Peter Fowler
It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Barrett announces his passing on August 21, 2019, peacefully at the age of 80, with his family by his side. Son of the late H.J.H. (Tim) Barrett and the late Dorothy MacPherson. Devoted husband of Karen. Cherished father to Christopher and Jenny (Steve). Beloved Bepa of Cassie and adored Grandpa Peter of Katherine, and Sarah. Dear brother of the late James (Judith) and of the late Michael (Terry), and affectionate uncle to Kim, Scott, Allison, and Andrea.
Peter was born in Port Dover in 1939 in the family home on Prospect Hill, just down the street from young Karen Kolbe; by 1948 he had carved their initials together into a maple tree. Peter earned full scholarships to study at Queen's (B.Sc., M.Sc.) and as a Junior Fellow of Massey College, U. Toronto (Ph.D.), before he and Karen sailed away to London for 2 years as newlyweds in the 1960s with a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Imperial College. They returned to Canada in 1967 to settle in Peterborough, raising their family along the banks of the Otonabee River just outside town.
As a Professor at Trent University for 30 years, Peter's gifted teaching touched the lives of many students in his First-Year Chemistry and Environmental Sciences classes. As a talented researcher and patented inventor he was elected Fellow of the Chemistry Institute of Canada, and served the University community as Don of Trail College, Department Chair for a decade, and then another decade as Trent's Dean of Science. Family will always cherish memories of sabbatical years living in Yorkshire in the '70s, and in Colorado in the '80s.
Peter was also a talented and accomplished musician, and in Peterborough he much enjoyed singing and touring with the Choir of All Saints' Anglican Church alongside both his children, where he also served as Assistant Organist for more than 30 years. Peter and Karen returned to their hometown of Port Dover in 1999, building a retirement home on Lake Erie where the old family cottage stood, with his vegetable garden, sailboat, piano, and basement laboratory for his continued experiments in home wine and beer making, pickles and preserves.
Peter shared much of his retirement time again volunteering with local choirs, running youth music festivals, travelling to operas, and serving as church organist in Port Dover. Peter will always be remembered for how much he enjoyed hosting large and lively family gatherings, complete with him at his piano singing, and demonstrating his latest home-built squirrel-proofing contraptions for his many bird feeders; a few of which even worked. His kind and gentle nature, and quick warm smile, will be missed by everyone who knew him.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held. A celebration-of-life and hymn-sing is planned in Peterborough for Saturday September 28th 1pm, at All Saints' Church and Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local youth music charity or a palliative care family support program of your choice. Peter and his Family will always be grateful to the wonderful staff of CBI Home Nursing in Norfolk County, and of the oncology and 3E/4B units at McMaster's teaching hospitals in Brantford, and in Simcoe. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Brock Citizen, Kawartha Lakes This Week, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough Examiner
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