After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Peter James Andrew passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour on the morning of Tuesday, January 28, at the age of 61. He will be deeply mourned and forever missed by his beloved wife Linda, his son Matthew, daughter-in-law Anna, and mom-in-law Shelley. He is predeceased by his parents, Rose and Ken Andrew, but leaves behind his two dear sisters Suzanne (Jerry) and Carol (John), as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. He also leaves behind all of Linda’s family, many close friends including his best friend Joe, and his beloved little Shih Tzu, Xia-Li.
Peter served in all branches of the Canadian Forces over a twenty-five year period, after which he was honorably discharged. His last ten working years were spent in the lumber department at Courtenay’s Home Depot, a job he enjoyed until he was forced to resign after his cancer diagnosis. Peter was an avid golfer, and if there wasn’t snow on the ground, he could be found on the nearest golf course. He had a great love of nature, camping, and had hunted and fished in his earlier years. He played hockey for many years during his youth and loved to ski. He was an excellent dart player and joined dart leagues while he lived in Victoria. He was also something of a card shark, especially with poker, and belonged to poker leagues while living in Courtenay.
Mostly, Peter enjoyed dining out, going to movies, walking the many beaches of southern Vancouver Island, and exploring forest paths, but especially spending his time at home with Linda just lounging on the couch and watching sports on television. He loved his family dearly, and he was a staunchly loyal and devoted friend. In fact, if friends or neighbors ever needed a hand with anything, Peter was usually their first call—he could always be counted on. He was truly loved by many and leaves his world poorer with his departure. Rest with the angels, Peter. You “ran the race, stayed the course, and kept the faith” but, as Joe said, “We have the watch.”
A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at 11:00 am at the Northgate Foursquare Church in Courtenay, on February 12.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the BC Cancer Society with our many thanks.
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