Dr. Peter Nunn died peacefully on August 18, 2014 with all his family around him.
He is survived by his three children, Alison, Kate (Steve), David; his five grandchildren, Keanan, Gavin, Grayson, Danica and Roy, and Stephanie, his loving sister. Heather, his wife of 52 years, although divorced, remained close friends and trusting life partners. An unexpected joy to Peter was meeting and loving David’s birth parents, Dempsey and Margaret Bob who were also with him when he died.
Peter was an amazing and unusual man. He challenged systems and tilted at windmills all his adult life. The word “impossible” was simply not in his vocabulary.
He qualified in Medicine in London, England in 1962. In his student years he rowed for London University and his only life regret was that he refused an invitation to row in the Commonwealth Games in Perth. He received his Fellowship in Surgery in 1966.
The family immigrated into Canada in 1967 where he taught at UBC. In 1968 he was appointed General and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Creston, BC. His patients and his colleagues knew him as an extremely gifted and gentle surgeon. During the years in Creston the family built a log house by hand and developed a sheep farm. Peter developed a life-long love of running. His sadness was profound when his illness prevented him from walking and running.
The family moved to Victoria in 1980 where he and Heather co-founded the first residential Holistic Medical centre in Canada, The Victoria Stress and Pain Centre. This innovative practice changed the lives of not only the two of them, but also many clients.
Peter’s request is that in lieu of flowers, donations to Doctors Without Borders” or the “Canadian Wildlife Fund”
would be most welcomed.