March 1, 1951 – February 4, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Greatly-loved husband of Katrina (Rone) and her children, Kayla, Kyle and Matthew, who he nurtured and raised as his own, Peter died peacefully in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria. The son of Bert (William Herbert) and Betty (Anne Elizabeth Wallace), as well as brother to Bill (William Robert) and Philippe, he grew up in Woodbridge, Ontario.
Following in the steps of his father and grandfather, Peter enlisted in the Canadian military in his twenties. For three decades, he served his country at home, in Germany and elsewhere in the world. He was proudest of his postings with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, the Middle East, Haiti and Bosnia. He left the military in 2002 and became Peter Young, CD, Sergeant (Retired) — “Sarge” to his wife, children and many friends.
But he never really “retired” and couldn’t see himself sitting around. After he waved goodbye to the Forces he was master of the gate at Central Builders in Courtenay, checking the trucks loaded with building materials leaving the lot.
Naturally outgoing, he became friends with the gang at work and in the construction business on that part of Vancouver Island.
Peter’s most remarkable success was his courage and determination in managing his life and health for the past fifteen years. After struggling with COPD, he received a new lung ten years ago. He took advantage of this renewed lease on life to become the poster boy for people with transplants. With Katrina by his side, he enjoyed a full life – skiing, travelling, attending sports events and concerts.
His dogs, first Susie and then Sandy, cheered him up when he felt low. Despite the set-backs, and there were several, he always faced the future with hope.
His family would like to thank the transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital for their ongoing care during the past decade and the physicians and nurses at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their heroic efforts.
Friends who would like to honour “Sarge” — Peter Young, CD, Sergeant (Retired) — could donate to the Canadian War Museum (https://www.warmuseum.ca/support/ways-of-giving/#tabs) or to the BCSPCA (https://spca.bc.ca/donations/make-a-donation/).
To celebrate Peter’s life, his family and friends will gather in a few months on a bright sunny day at Goose Spit Park in Comox to raise a glass of red wine to toast Peter and between sea and mountains to soak in the beautiful vista that he loved. Obituary
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