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Tributes - Peter Kucey
The following tributes have been submitted to PGOSA to honour Peter Kucey. They will all appear one by one. You can move the presentation forward by clicking on any one of the discs. You can also pause any of the tributes by hovering over any as some are longer and require more time to read. If you want to add to these you can address your kind words to The Chronicle, and we will ensure that they are published with all the others sent to PGOSA.
PGOSA Members' Tributes to Peter Kucey - "PGOSA Pete"
Peter Kucey was the heart and soul of PGOSA and his passing is a tremendous loss. Over the 6 years I worked on the executive with Peter he was always willing to move the organization forward while maintaining the basic values of PGOSA-fun recreational and social activities for seniors in Oceanside. Peter attended as may events as was possible and had a connection with most of the members if only through his birthday calls, thus he was able to recruit leaders when needed to run activities.
The culmination of our activities was the archiving of the PGOSA records with the help of the Parksville Museum staff and Chris Gebhard. Peter had kept all of the records since inception in his possession and after many years were taking up his apartment. It was important get the history of this important organization into the archives.
RIP Peter. Sincerely,
From - Shirley J. Sterlinger
We, too, were touched by Peters birthday calls..RIP Peter
From - Dawna Loucks
Thanks for letting us know!!
What a man....he is PGOSA
From - Bryce Holtz
Also it was Peter who was the driving force In the establishment of the annual PGOSA hockey tournament and he continued in his dedication to PGOSA until his death.
I hope PGOSA will establish an annual award in his name to honour his efforts and contributions to PGOSA over two decades. And he did it always with a smile!
From - Chuck Chestnut
I have to laugh because when Peter phoned for my birthday he never got the day right. He would phone, do his cute spiel then I would tell him, please call again on the 'right day'. It got to be a running gag. Peter was one of the Sunday morning McDonald group and though it's all different now, we are certainly going to miss him in every way. Just a wonderful, wonderful man.
From - Liz and Gil Roy - Parksville
When we moved here from Rupert in 2012 my husband went over to the rink to sign up for hockey. He came home and said, “I think your old principal is over at PGOSA”. I asked him which one as I had taught in two school districts. He answered, “Peter Kucey.” Peter was my very first principal. He was at the helm of Westwood School in Thompson, Manitoba, the largest elementary school with 1200 students. I taught one of five grade five classes. . Peter was a super principal. He always listened to my ideas and gave me lots of rope to try new things. He also realized that I wanted to be involved in all the extras a teacher does. He would send out a bulletin that would say, “Jacquie Smith will be leading the discussion on so and so” or “Jacquie Smith will be in charge of the year end party. Thank you.” This would be the first I had heard of it.
Peter was fantastic and kind, and encouraging and well versed. He also had an amazing memory. I am so glad that we got to reconnect with both Peter and Pat here in Qualicum.
From - Jacquie Slocombe
It was a very big shock to hear of Peter's passing. I have known Peter for 25 years, and in that time I admired him for his dedication to PGOSA. He has been the life line for this organization, involved in most of the activities, social and sports events. In all of those years he could be counted on to phone every member on their birthday, a remarkable achievement. He played all the sports, but his favorite was horseshoes. He was a champion at shoes winning many medals at a variety of events. He was a gentleman and a great friend, he will be sadly missed.
From - Al Greir
While there is much to be said about Peter and his impact on those around him, our lasting impression will always be that of “kindness”. From his extraordinary feat of calling all 1200 PGOSA members on their birthdays, to his many random acts of caring and giving on a daily basis, Peter’s kind and thoughtful nature was at the core of who he was. As the old saying goes, “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Peter always made the people around him feel special and for that he will always hold a special place in our hearts.
From - Massey & Diana Matsuda
We are so very sad to hear of Peter’s passing. He taught my husband when he was was a newly minted teacher. We met up with him again when we retired to Parksville and Peter being the generous person he was, insisted on looking after our home any time we were away. He was a welcoming warm person who cared deeply about the people around him. He was a huge support to the community and will be missed by us all. Bless you Peter, we will always remember you with your smile and friendship!
From - Daryl and Mary Ellen Hall
RIP Peter. You will be missed by many. Such a gentle soul.
From - Cory Meyer
It is with sadness to hear of Pete’s passing. It was Pete who welcomed me to the lobby of the District 69 Arena (now the Parksville Curling Club) when I began my employment with the RDN Recreation and Parks Department. As many long standing PGOSA members know, the arena’s lobby was pretty much social hub for the Fall and Winter activities. When we opened up Oceanside Place in 2003 Pete once again did his major part to turn that space into a place where all would feel comfortable and welcome. We will miss Pete and his cheery voice at Oceanside Place and in our community but remain thankful for the positive effect he had on us every time we met him.
From - Tom Osborne, General Manager, Recreation and Parks Services, RDN
Hi: I think that my favorite Peter Kucey story is the one where he called to wish a fellow Happy Birthday, and the wife told him that the fellow had passed a few months earlier. Without missing a beat, Pete said that he guessed he would then have to sing a bit louder!
That was our sweet Pete!
From - Judith Elliot
I never had the pleasure of meeting Pete in person, but the first time he called me to sing a 'Happy Birthday' from PGOSA I was totally delighted! What a lovely thing to do!
A few years ago the phone rang on my birthday, it was Pete in his fine voice singing to me again...and I was in Madrid, getting ready for my birthday dinner! What timing! He was just as surprised as I was that 'this special phone call followed me all the way from Parksville'.
He brought me many special birthday moments with his song.
Thank you Peter
From - Linda Bevan
Peter and Friends, I got my first birthday greeting ten years ago, and wondered how anyone knew. Then I met Peter at hockey, no wonder anymore. What a great guy. So sad to hear of his passing.
From - Gary Dunlop
I joined PGOSA a number of years ago as a result of joining the recreational hockey league. I was shocked the first year that Peter called and sang happy birthday to me, a person whom he had never met. I thought what a wonderful, selfless thing to do. After playing hockey for a few years, I retired and did not renew my membership In PGOSA. When my birthday rolled around that first year, Peter called and conveyed his birthday wishes as usual and each year thereafter. I have since renewed my membership and one of my hopes was to meet Peter and thank him for his kindness. I did not know Peter but I can only hope I can conduct myself in a similar manner in the future. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
From - Bob Newell
So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing, the epitome of a gentle man. I’m so glad I had the pleasure of meeting him, if ever too briefly. Sincerely , a wannabe PGOSA guy from the south (Nanaimo).
From - Vic Osis
We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of our birthday friend. While I don't think we ever met Peter, we were very fond lf him - he brought a lot of joy to each one of us. Thank you Peter, and may rest in Heavenly Peasce. To Peter's family, may your memories of him be a blessing
From - Judy Boswell & Keith Thompson
Loved the birthday calls...never forgot me! RIP Peter!
From - Raquel02
Peter......Just the best.
Peter always cared for others and worked to make all good for everyone. A real gentleman and friend to all. I am sure when people thought of PGOSA they thought of Peter.
Farewell to a good respected friend,
From - Barry Avis
I will always remember Peter's Happy Birthday calls and will miss them.
From - Frank Van Eynde
I was so to hear the news. I looked forward every year for my Happy birthday Song. He always remembered your name as well. He will be missed
From - Pat Sharp
I've known Peter for years. He had a lovely spirit and always so open and welcoming. He will be greatly missed.
From - Janet Hepenstall
One of the "Truly nice Guys"!
From - Peter Koughan
What a great guy with character and dedication!!!
From - Doug Hall
Although regretfully I never met Peter personally ( I should have played horseshoe) I cherished his Birthday phone calls.
He will not be forgotten.
My deepest Sympathy to his family.
From - Marianne Cardiff
What a gem you were to all of us Pete!! Thank you for starignt his great organization making way for fabulous friendships, laughter and fun that we all have together. We will miss your good nature, smiling face and wonderful birthday phone calls!! Sail on in Joy and Laughter dear Pete!
From - Debbie Laughlin
We have very fond memories of Peter whom we met as soon as we moved to Parksville in 2000. Because he hailed from Manitoba originally like we do, we had a connection that remained over the years. Both of us have May birthdays so again this year we were delighted to receive a birthday call and a short chat with Peter.
Peter definitely deserved the name PGOSA Pete. He was one of the best and he will be missed by so many of us who felt so warmly welcomed to this area when we joined PGOSA.
From - Stan and Marge Nestibo
Peter was also active in PGOSA volleyball for a number of years and always brought a positive attitude and a few jokes to every game. Will miss his birthday calls.
From - Loretta Hill
Peter, you will be missed. We enjoyed all our wonderful PGOSA years with you at the helm. What great camping trips, dinner dances, fashion shows, July 1st parades, sporting events, the picture taker at all events, many of us shared with you over those years.
From - Sheila and Bob Dale
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