Peter Ronald Wybenga
August 6th, 1944 ~ February 18th, 2015
Born: in Zwaagwesteinde, Netherlands. Immigrated to Canada with his family in 1951.
Peter passed away peacefully in his 70th year, at his home in Comox B.C. surrounded by his loving family. He was blessed to have been able to stay In the home he loved, with wonderful care from his wife Carol and family.
Peter wore so many hats (and we must admit, looked darn good in all of them) ~ Loving Husband ~ Dad ~ Son ~ Step-Father ~ Brother ~ Uncle ~ Cousin ~ Son-in-law ~ Brother-in-law ~ Grandfather ~ Great Grandfather ~ and all round loyal loving friend to many people.
A loving son, to his Mother and Father, Diane & John Wybenga (predeceased by both of them). A wonderful brother to his sisters Tinie (Dick) Spanjer & Grace (Jack) Walda, of Beachville, Ontario,
Married in 1969, to Lynne and they had two beautiful daughters. An adventurous, loving, awesome Dad to his two beautiful daughter’s Heidi (Russell) Watson of Ingersoll, Ontario & Karen Wybenga of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and lovely granddaughter, Kristen.
He was remarried in 1990 to Carol. He was such a loving, kind, devoted husband for 25 years. He also was a wonderful Step-father to Carol’s children Jason (Roberta) Clarke & Amanda (Jamie) Richardson & being Grandfather (Papa) to Jessica, Jasmine & Kristina & being just the best great grandfather (Papa) that sweet little Sophie could have been blessed to have in her life, albeit for such a short time.
The sun rose to shine on her & she was his joy. Her essence seemed to breathe new life into him, as he valiantly fought terminal cancer.
Also survived by; Father & Mother-in-law, Ray & Nora Rasmussen of Comox, Sister-in-laws: Heather (Brian) Gooding of Mill Bay, Noreen (John) Queen of Courtenay, brother-in-laws: Glen (Deb) Rasmussen of Nanaimo, Eric (Vicki) Rasmussen of Courtenay. Also numerous, nieces & nephews, and a multitude of wonderful friends, he treasured.
Peter lived his life with exuberance. Always having an adventurous spirit. He did it in so many wonderful ways that not many could rival. His adventures were many, he travelled the world. Peter served over 20 years with the Canadian Military. Retired, then continued his service with the Canadian Reserve Forces & Peacekeeping with the MFO in the Middle East.
Peter also worked at Glacier View Lodge for 10 years. He loved working there, he enjoyed the residents so much. He was kind & selfless and brought joy & smiles to their faces with his beautiful voice, singing songs they loved. Hugs were also, always readily available & given freely. Peter had a lust for life that was immeasurable. He never met a stranger. He exuded love and laughter.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Winter for the unwavering dedication and wonderful care that she gave to Peter, enabling him to fulfill his wish to pass at home. Also for the continuing support & guidance she provided to his wife & family.
Many thanks also to Dr. Coppin & Dr. Savage (Victoria) Dr. Clark, Dr. Thomas, (Comox Valley) also St. Joseph’s medical staff in the Cancer Clinic, Comox Valley Hospice & Healing Touch, V.I.H.A. nursing staff for their dedication & compassion.
The family request anyone wishing to make a donation in Peter’s memory, that it be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Cancer Clinic, Comox.
A Celebration of Life for Peter was held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at his home. A chance for family & friends to share a story or special memory, of how their lives were enriched by this wonderful man.