The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

Passed away sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly at home on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 2018 at the age of 76. A lov­ing hus­band to Janet nee Bur­goyne) for 50 ( years; beloved fa­ther to Peter W. (Poppy Gil­liam) and John; cher­ished Poppa to To­bias, Chase and Daxx; and de­voted brother to John (Jean) of Cal­gary and Su­san of Kingston and their fam­i­lies. He will be fondly re­mem­bered by his sis­ter-in-law, Har­riet (John) Lehnen and their fam­i­lies. Peter is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, John and Mar­garet; and brother-in-law, Henry Bur­goyne. He grew up in Kingston, On­tario and fol­lowed his love of mu­sic to Lon­don, Eng­land, to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion. He stud­ied at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic, was the Mu­sic Master of West­min­ster School and was also as­sis­tant to the Or­gan­ist at West­min­ster Abbey from 1961 – 1964. While there he played the Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic at a memo­rial ser­vice for John F. Kennedy that was broad­cast to ev­ery coun­try in the world by the BBC. He also played at the Royal Wed­ding of Princess Alexan­dra and An­gus Ogilvy. Peter re­turned to Canada in 1964 to ac­cept the Direc­tor of Mu­sic po­si­tion at Ri­d­ley Col­lege in St. Catharines, where he taught for 5 years. In Fe­bru­ary 1970 he ac­cepted a po­si­tion as a stock bro­ker with AE Ames, a pre­de­ces­sor com­pany of RBC Do­min­ion Se­cu­ri­ties Inc. where he has worked for 48 years, serv­ing as both a Vi­cePres­i­dent and Port­fo­lio Man­ager, and was look­ing for­ward to his 50th an­niver­sary with the firm. Deeply in­volved in serv­ing and sup­port­ing his lo­cal com­mu­nity, Peter was the Direc­tor of Mu­sic and Or­gan­ist from 1970-97 at St. Paul St. United Church (Sil­ver Spire), he founded the first choir at Brock Uni­ver­sity called the Brock­en­spiels in the mid 1960’s, he was Past Pres­i­dent of the On­tario Choral Fed­er­a­tion, Past Pres­i­dent of the St. Catharines Sym­phony, a Board Mem­ber of Com­mu­nity Con­certs, the cur­rent trea­surer of the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Or­gan Com­pe­ti­tion, and past Chair­man of the Royal Cana­dian Col­lege of Or­gan­ists. Peter had a ra­dio show for 10 years on CKTB called an In­vi­ta­tion to Good Mu­sic. He served 2 terms as a Brock Uni­ver­sity Trustee 2004 – 2010) ( and was named a Trustee Emer­i­tus in 2016. When Rod­man Hall was taken over by Brock in 2003 Peter was named the Chair­man of the Rod­man Hall Ad­vi­sory Board, a po­si­tion he still held. He has con­ducted the an­nual down­town Christ­mas Civic Carol Con­cert since its in­cep­tion 27 years ago. In 2012 he co-chaired Ma­jor Giv­ing for the United Way Cam­paign with his son, Pete, and has sup­ported the Brock Wrestling and Brock Men’s Bas­ket­ball pro­grams for many years. The men’s bas­ket­ball team dress­ing room was re­named the Par­tridge Fam­ily Locker Room af­ter the fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion al­lowed for it to be com­pletely ren­o­vated in 2016. In 2013 Peter played an in­te­gral role as the Fundrais­ing Chair­man of the new Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in down­town St. Catharines. He and Janet made a trans­for­ma­tional gift of $1 mil­lion dol­lars and the largest of the four stun­ning per­for­mance venues proudly dis­plays the name “Par­tridge Hall”. In 2017 he do­nated a prac­tice or­gan at West­min­ster Abbey and sub­se­quently was in­vited by Prince Charles to a din­ner at Buck­ing­ham Palace to cel­e­brate the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Gal­leries at West­min­ster Abbey. Above all else, he had an un­be­liev­able zest for life, he loved his fam­ily and friends, com­ing into work every­day, the sum­mer cot­tage, clas­si­cal mu­sic and opera, world travel, his 5:15am daily work­outs at the YMCA, fine food, wine and cars, laugh­ter and he loved his city, St. Catharines, and pas­sion­ately wanted to make it a bet­ter place. He will be for­ever missed. Cre­ma­tion has taken place. Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at the Ge­orge Darte Fu­neral Home, 585 Carl­ton St., St. Catharines on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26th from 4 – 8 p.m. There will be a Memo­rial Ser­vice on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27th at 11 a.m. in Par­tridge Hall at the FirstOn­tario Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. Memo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Peter’s hon­our to United Way Ni­a­gara, or to the Par­tridge-Gil­liam Fund (through the Ni­a­gara Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion) which sup­ports lo­cal chil­dren’s char­i­ties. On-Line Guest Book - www.georgedarte­fu­ner­al­

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