THE HON­OURABLE PETER MARIO CAFFARO

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

Q. C. 1 934 - 2018

It is with sad­ness that the fam­ily of Peter Mario Caffaro an­nounce his pass­ing, very peace­fully, on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 4, 2018 in Ed­mon­ton, days be­fore his 84th birth­day. Mourn­ing his loss are his lov­ing wife of 54 years, Pa­tri­cia (née Crummy) and his chil­dren, Michael (Vic­to­ria), Maria (Brett), Leo (Ta­mara) and B. Paul. Peter is also sur­vived by beloved grand­chil­dren, Marco, Matthew, Ju­lia, Luca, and Mar­cus, and Peter’s broth­ers, Dr. Ge­orge (Sharon) Caffaro and Dr. Paul (Priscille) Caffaro. Peter was born and raised in Can­more, Al­berta, his par­ents At­tilio Caffaro and Ca­te­rina (née Giono) hav­ing em­i­grated from Italy fol­low­ing the First World War.

Grow­ing up in times of De­pres­sion and then war, he came of age when the 1950’s brought new op­por­tu­ni­ties. He moved to Saint Joseph’s Col­lege in Ed­mon­ton and stud­ied law at the Univer­sity of Al­berta, grad­u­at­ing with an LL.B. in 1957 and ar­ti­cling to Jus­tice L.Y. Cairns. Af­ter join­ing the Bar, Peter prac­ticed in Ed­mon­ton from 1958 to 1989, as a solic­i­tor in the areas of cor­po­rate com­mer­cial and es­tates law, with firms from Fried­man Lieber­man, in the early years, to Wit­ten Bin­der in the late 1980’s. Key to the growth of his prac­tice was the sup­port of new Cana­di­ans from post-war Italy, a proud and hard-work­ing com­mu­nity whom he was priv­i­leged to serve as Italy’s ViceCon­sul to Ed­mon­ton from 1967 to 1982. For his work on be­half of sur­vivors of the 1980 earth­quake near Naples, Peter was ap­pointed a Com­man­der of the Ital­ian Repub­lic’s Or­der of Merit. He was ap­pointed Queen’s Coun­sel, and re­ceived the Queen’s Ju­bilee Medal (2003) and the Al­berta Cen­ten­nial Medal (2005), rec­og­niz­ing his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

In 1989, Peter was ap­pointed a Judge of the Pro­vin­cial Court of Al­berta, and in 1992 be­came As­sis­tant Chief Judge for the Crim­i­nal Divi­sion of that Court in Ed­mon­ton. He served on the Bench through 2014, work­ing in court­houses across the prov­ince, both ur­ban and ru­ral. Like so many of his gen­er­a­tion, he never for­got his roots in a small town. He was a friend to his col­leagues, and al­ways grate­ful for their kind as­sis­tance, as well as the as­sis­tance of court ad­min­is­tra­tors and staff. He ap­pre­ci­ated the ded­i­ca­tion of peace of­fi­cers and the dili­gence of lawyers who ap­peared be­fore him, on all sides. For lit­i­gants and wit­nesses, he re­served fair­ness, com­pas­sion and al­ways a mea­sure of hope: it pleased him im­mensely when, from time to time, he heard of of­fend­ers who had moved on and made progress in their lives. With Pat’s un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion, Peter’s many other con­tri­bu­tions to his com­mu­nity in­cluded terms as Chair­man and Di­rec­tor of the Ed­mon­ton Opera As­so­ci­a­tion, Chair­man of the Ed­mon­ton Pub­lic Li­brary Board, mem­ber of the Se­nate for the Univer­sity of Al­berta, mem­ber of the Cana­dian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Win­spear Foun­da­tion. Peter’s great loves were his wife, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren. He al­ways had a book in hand, some­times mus­ing that, had he not cho­sen a le­gal ca­reer, he might have stud­ied and taught his­tory. He en­joyed gar­den­ing and paint­ing. To­gether and through­out their mar­riage, he and Pat trav­elled ex­ten­sively, shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in places in­clud­ing the Her­mitage in Saint Peters­burg, sa­fari in South Africa, from Tierra del Fuego to Bor­neo to In­dia. Peter ad­mired the di­ver­sity of other cul­tures, and the rich­ness that their peo­ples and sto­ries brought to his life. Above all, he be­lieved in learn­ing and tol­er­ance and, by his gen­tle ex­am­ple, he never stopped con­vey­ing those val­ues to oth­ers. He was happy in re­tire­ment.

Peter and his fam­ily are grate­ful for the thought­ful care and sup­port pro­vided by countless health providers and care work­ers in Ed­mon­ton at the Univer­sity of Al­berta Hos­pi­tal, Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal, Cap­i­tal Care Nor­wood, Glen­rose Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal, and Mis­eri­cor­dia Hos­pi­tal. Par­tic­u­lar thanks go to Dr. Michael Nut­ting and his of­fice staff for their decades of pro­fes­sional and re­spect­ful care.

A Fu­neral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Basil­ica, 10044 - 113 Street NW, Ed­mon­ton on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a con­tri­bu­tion to Catholic So­cial Ser­vices, 12431 Stony Plain Road NW, Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, T5N 9Z9 ( www.cssaaberta.ca), or the char­ity of your choice.

To send con­do­lences, please visit: www.con­nelly-mckin­ley.com. Con­nelly-McKin­ley Ltd. Down­town Ed­mon­ton (780) 422-2222

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