COBBOLD, Peter Ernest

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

Of Hub­bards, South Shore, 1932 - 2019. Born De­cem­ber 28, 1932 in Portsmouth, Eng­land, Peter peace­fully passed away in his sleep on Oc­to­ber 7th in Ot­tawa, Ont. in his 86th year from com­pli­ca­tions from cancer and de­men­tia with his part­ner Jan and his sons, Ste­fan, Egan and Nick with him. Pre­de­ceased by his in­fant son, Ja­son; grand­son, Ed­ward; sis­ter, Pam and par­ents, Ernest and Ma­bel. Born in the small his­toric English naval town of Portsmouth, Peter de­vel­oped a love for the sea and a strong de­sire to see the world which is what drove him as a young man to find work on Cu­nard’s RMS Queen Mary. It was on one of the Queen Mary’s New York to Southamp­ton tran­sits that he met his wife Joyce. He gave up the sea and fol­lowed her to sunny Kingston, Ja­maica where they set­tled down and started a fam­ily. Peter’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit and eter­nal op­ti­mism led him to cre­ate a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness sell­ing of­fice equip­ment in Ja­maica. Po­lit­i­cal and so­cial un­rest in the is­land in the ’70s forced Peter to move his young fam­ily to Toronto, Canada for a bet­ter life. Af­ter an am­i­ca­ble di­vorce from Joyce, Peter later re­tired with his part­ner Jan to Nova Sco­tia where they lived an idyl­lic life in the pic­turesque coastal vil­lage of Northwest Cove. Not one to stand still, Peter used his op­ti­mistic spirit, sense of com­mu­nity and pow­ers of in­flu­ence to raise money and sup­port for the cre­ation of the Aspo­to­gan Penin­sula multi-use trail; to or­ga­nize the ren­o­va­tion of the Ocean Swells com­mu­nity hall (Northwest Cove); to cre­ate the Nova Sco­tia chap­ter of the Athenaeum So­ci­ety; to be­come the Cof­fee Guy at the Hub­bards Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on sum­mer Satur­day morn­ings; and most im­por­tantly to de­velop strong friend­ships with many lo­cal and come-from-away folks who live on the South Shore of Nova Sco­tia. Peter was a kind and gen­er­ous part­ner to Jan, lov­ing fa­ther to Ste­fan (Sue), Egan (Chan­tale), Nick (Diane), adopted fa­ther to Andrew (Sheri) and Ni­cola (Cam), and ador­ing and some­times silly grand­fa­ther to Daniel, Em­i­lie (John), Syd­ney, So­phie, Liam, Jonah, David and Marc. In keep­ing with Peter’s wishes a fu­neral ser­vice will not be per­formed and a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held in July 2020 in Northwest Cove for friends and fam­ily. In lieu of flow­ers, Peter has re­quested that dona­tions be made to the IWK Health Cen­tre Foun­da­tion through: www.IWK­foun­da­tion.org

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