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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dr. Peter Oliver

Passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017
Resting at the Hart Chapel

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OLIVER, Dr. Peter Gilbert DVM

With much sadness, we announce the passing of our father, Peter Oliver in Guelph, Ontario on Friday, July 14, 2017 peacefully at age 89. Peter was the beloved partner of Anna Chandler and the much-loved father of Richard (Sherry), John (Joanna) and Heather. He was the proud grandfather (Gampy) of Beth, Alison, Laura, Kacie, Rachel, Alex, Jazmine, Myriam and William and great grandfather of Sebastyn. He was predeceased by his 4 siblings Jody, Michael, Marie and twin brother John.

Born in Lachine, Quebec, Peter spent his early years in Westmount, Montreal. Upon deciding to become a veterinarian, he attended the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, where he met and married Ellice Scarrow. Entering private practice, they moved to Paisley where they started their family. He was a member of the Paisley Rotary Club and served on the local school board. Peter liked to fish, play tennis and was an avid lawn bowler. He also loved music and could often be heard playing the piano or cello and singing. Over the years, he was a member of several choirs.

After 15 years in general veterinary practice, “Pete” then accepted a position with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food as the first Ontario Swine Diseases consultant where he helped other veterinarians solve farm issues and established the Ontario Certified Herd Policy. In Guelph, it was common to see him in the morning on and around the university campus walking 2- 3 German Short-haired Pointers. Dogs were always a big part of his life.

Peter returned to Paisley often after purchasing a tract of land along the Saugeen River. In his retirement, he spent summers looking after the acreage, his trees and his cottage while enjoying life with Annie, golfing, playing tennis and visiting with friends. He was also very active at the Village by the Arboretum when not in Paisley, being one of the earliest seniors to move in to the complex. He was one of the original participants in various groups including the book club, SENSA, poker and bridge clubs, peer learning group, village singers and Tree Talk. Peter was happy to initiate a “lively” discussion with anyone at any time. He was very well read, well informed and always looking to learn something new.

Peter, Pete, PGO, Doc, Uncle Pete, Dad, Gampy, Great Gampy, thank you for enriching our lives. You will be missed greatly!

At Peter’s request, there will be a private immediate family gathering only. Memorial donations may be made to the OVC Pet Trust or The Guelph Arboretum if desired.

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