March 10, 1931 – August 21, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Petrus (Peter) Mittertreiner died quietly early Sunday morning on August 21, 2022 in St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia.
A dedicated son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, Peter will be remembered for his easy charm and affable nature, his ability to repair anything from cars to industrial dishwashers, his grace on the dance floor, and his joy in helping people.
Peter was born in The Hague in the Netherlands, one of eight children, to Paulina (Devilee) and Antonius Mittertreiner.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Cisca (Janssen), daughter Pauline, brothers Johan and Frans, and sisters Engeline and Jose.
He is survived by his daughter Bernice Mittertreiner Neal (Steve), sons Tony Mittertreiner (Janice Eng) and Pierre Mittertreiner, brothers Paul and Fons, devoted sisters-in-law Doris, Truus, Riet, and Mies, Riet, Adri, beloved grandchildren Em, Kevin, Gwen, Rachael, Hilary, and beloved companion Eleanor.
Peter was a happy and loving dad. He especially cared for, protected, and loved his most vulnerable child, Pierre, and devoted decades of his life to supporting Down syndrome Societies in BC and Alberta.
His membership in the Knights of Columbus and work with the Guardian Angels Parish gave meaning to his life and spiritual sustenance, and he is remembered by his fellow knights as ever being a true friend, a model Catholic, and an outstanding member of the Order.
Peter was a fit and vigorous man, who loved being outside, especially in the forest or by the sea. On Vancouver Island, he contributed to the maintenance of two ocean-side public parks. In Vancouver, he walked the Stanley Park seawall daily up to his 88th year.
Upon a visit from a best Island-friend, he would dance the night away in all the hip spots on Robson Street (they were always let in upon arrival, no matter what the lineup).
Peter spent his final years at Haro Park Centre, in the heart of the West end neighbourhood of Vancouver he loved so much. We are forever grateful to the kind and gentle people there–so many who looked after him body and spirit, who danced and sang with him, and who were always delighted to let Peter charm them.
We love you, Peter.
Rest in peace.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., November 12 in Vancouver at Guardian Angel Parish, 1161 Broughton Street North, Vancouver, BC. The service will be streamed on-line for those unable to attend.
Those who wish to donate in Peter’s memory are kindly directed to the John Howard Society of Canada: http://johnhoward.ca/ablut-us/organization/funding-sources/
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