He made our community better. He was a builder.
“Build it and they will come” and he did !!… His volunteer posse at the Wychwood Barns made that rink happen…. Peter always worried about our annual skating party always reminding us that SUN and ICE was a bad combination…. he always dropped by to make sure we were all OK….
Tonight, the wonderful RACK he’d built to store the hoses was there … adorned with his favourite gladioli … and next to the truly photo he’d taken of philanopsis orchids in the weeks before his passing….
Fellow rink warrior Kevin Frank did a wonderful job MC’ing tonight’s celebration.
Peter’s sister Stephanie, Murray Gamble, CEO at C3 Polymeric Ltd.-Peter’s paid work !, Mark Zaretsky, Peter’s golf companion, Joe Mihevc and Debra, Peter’s wife …gave moving tributes…
Peter’s poem shared…
Joyous Being of Love
Joyous being of Love, Celebrate the Love,
Celebrate the Love that You are,
Celebrate the Love that surrounds you.
Know you are surrounded by Love,
Know Love supports and guides you,
Know you are Love,
By the Love that you are,
Know that you are Love, so be Love,
Love is what you are;
It is your being.
It is your reason for breath,
It is your reason for breathing,
So breathe on,
Know that Love and breath are one and the same,
With every breath you bring Love into your being,
So breathe often and breathe deeply,
Breath is the Love that surrounds and supports you.
This is what you must do,
Breathe in Lovem so that you can exhale Love,
Breath Love in and out, like the waves of the ocean,
Let the breath come in,
Let Love come in and fill your being
and let the love flow out of you as you breathe,
You are the breath of Love, so be Love,
Breathe in and breathe out the Love you are.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Healing Journey Program at Wellspring or Princess Margaret Hospital, the Peter MacKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists at the Banff Centre email@example.com or to the Peter MacKendrick Memorial Scholarship for Visual Arts, York University firstname.lastname@example.org
As Debra said, he will be with us forever… especially on those cold nights … when his successors will be watering the rink …. he’ll be there …
I love this picture of the Family Day Blood Donor Clinic with Peter and Joe