November 12, 1951 – April 5, 2022
In loving memory ~
Peter has finally won his battle with cancer, on April 5th, he peacefully passed away. Peter challenged his 2 year cancer battle with the same, strength, courage, humor and dignity as he lived his life. He chose M.A.I.D., which was a very moving and dignified peaceful passing, with his loving wife (of 41 years) by his side and also gave him the opportunity to say good bye to family and friends.
Peter was predeceased by his parents, Arnold (Maria) Van Dinter of Vanderhoof BC . He leaves behind the love of his life, Clara and his son Bryan (Monica) Van Dinter, daughter Julie (Keith) Taylor, sisters Wilma (Brock) McNary, Theresa (Salvador) D’Agosto, his brother Ed (Adele) Van Dinter, inlaws Penny (Bill) Lott, Sherry (Larry) Badger, also 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Peter said he had no regrets, he had lived life to the fullest; he built 3 airplanes, landed his plane on remote islands off the west coast, soared over the westcoast range, fished, hiked, hunted, loved to travel the world and especially camping with his fifth wheel. He loved adventure, yet he woke early every morning to quietly read his book and have his first cup of coffee.
He was a man of many talents, which he shared easily with others, always being ‘the go to guy’ when others needed help or answers. He started his many careers as a draftsman with the railway, then started his Millwright apprenticeship at Endako mines, learned to be a log home builder and finally finished his career working 29 years for the Regional District. Peter was humorous, outgoing, hard working, strong, independent and always helping others to learn and succeed, especially his grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. One of Peter’s very good friends reflected, Peter was a true Renaissance Man. He is truly missed by me and all that knew him. Rest in peace my love.
Peter wanted to thank the cancer team at the Comox Valley Hospital and the 8th floor Cancer Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria for the care and kindness he received. Special thanks to Dr. Hart, Dr. Reggler and Dr. Hawley for their care and compassion.
A Celebration of life, will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society in Peter’s name.
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