Peter Lawrence Joseph Sr., at the age of 81 passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, September 26, 2022. Survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Theresa (Ducharme) Bedard. Dad / Pops to Terry (Lois St-Louis), Denise & Daryl De Fehr, Peter Jr & Linda, Steve & Shelley, Colleen & Liam Brennan. Grandpa / Gramps to Darryl (Jessica LaChance), Danielle, Graham; Alicia Schroeder (Conroy Briscoe), Craig Schroeder & Lori Lowes; Nathan & Dru, Jessica (Yasser Killany), Rebecca; Aaron, Dylan (Justine Moore). Great Grandpa to Lennox, Harland; Tyrell (Nykia), Tyrick (Emma), Tyeisha, Tyliah, Tyelah; Maverick, Wren. Great Great Grandpa to Koleeo, & Kruz.
Brother & brother-in-law to Veronica, Cecilia & Gordon Smith, Tony & Marlene, Monica & Larry, Agnes Willert, Madeline & Stuart Shepherd, Julie & Marty Becker, Ivan & Rosemary; Sarah & Ted Robson, Uleen & Dan Callaghan, Martha & Joe Risi, Nancy Ducharme, Helene Malcolm & Fred Green, Dianne Ducharme, Paul & Dorothy Ducharme, George & Elaine Ducharme, Donna Watson, Darlene & Hughie McDonald, Bernadette & John McAuley. Fondly remembered by Linda Johnston-Bedard, Ken Schroeder and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Percy & Marie (Masse) Bedard and siblings Jim, Dick, Michael, Percy Jr, Patsy; his in-laws Bette Bedard, Sam Willert, Paul & Violet Ducharme, Marie & Jerome Denomme, Edsel & Thelma Ducharme, Elva Hoover, Ted Ducharme Sr., Matthew Ducharme, Jerome Ducharme, Alex Malcolm, David Chisholm and daughter-in-law Darlene Steranka.
Our Peter was a kind & compassionate soul…often referred to as “the sweetest man”. His twinkling blue eyes, warm smile & comforting hugs were his signature trademarks. He was a trusted confidant to many. He spoke the truth (when asked), he accepted everyone for who they were and always offered words of encouragement. He knew no greed and was always content with “just enough”. A person in need was never denied his help, whether known or a complete stranger. He radiated love and a soothing calmness. His presence was all that was required to heal a broken heart or make the world a better place at that moment in time. The 3rd oldest of 13 children growing up on a farm in rural Ontario, Peter learned at a young age what hard work was. His career was spent in agriculture and construction, but his heart was with his love for animals and nurturing crops. He was dedicated and loyal, with a work ethic second to none. He had a no quit attitude, which is what made him so unique. The road he walked was not an easy one with many bumps along the way, but he did it with grace, determination and an undying faith & trust in God. He believed that if he was suffering, then maybe he was sparing someone who needed the relief more. His proudest accomplishment was his family and his family is what he lived for. He cherished the moments when we could all be together and had a unique bond with each and every one of his loved ones. His greatest gift to us was his offering of unconditional love at every turn, right until his last days. The thought of life without him is unimaginable, but knowing that he is now at peace, free from pain is what brings us comfort. We know that it is just “per-fick”. Jingle, jingle, jingle…it’s time to pick your favourite chocolate bar!
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 49 Goshen Street North, ZURICH on Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. Please click “Register Now” below, to register.
Peter’s Funeral Mass will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 22 Mary Street, Zurich on Saturday, October 1st at 11 AM. Cremation with interment to follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Joseph. Registration is not required to attend Mass. For those unable to attend Mass in person, you are invited to join the family online by visiting https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeHuronCatholicFamilyOfParishes
Donations to Tourette Canada, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, or Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family.
Many thanks to our big, beautiful family and many friends who have taken the emotional roller coaster ride with us and have always provided their unwavering love, prayers and support during Peter’s 30-year health journey. Thank you to Dr. Maria Tetelbaum, her staff, South West LHIN, as well as the doctors and nurses at South Huron Hospital (Exeter), LHSC (Victoria & University) who were true to their calling and offered genuine empathy and compassion to Peter in his times of need. A special thank you to the Huron County Community Paramedic Team for the weekly visits that Peter looked forward to in his home, providing their care & support.