Thackray, Peter Edward

Thackray, Peter Edward

July 31st, 2019



It is with broken hearts that we announce that, surrounded by his loving family, Peter Edward Thackray, in his 77th year, has passed away after a short but valiant fight with cancer at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Peter was the loving husband and best friend of Judy (Colter) Thackray through almost 51 years of marriage.  He was dearly loved by his daughter, Robin Thackray Ashton (Brent), of Woodbury, Minnesota and his son, Matthew (Matt) Thackray (Erin), of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Peter was the very proud Papa to Bennett, Blake and Max Ashton, of Woodbury, Minnesota and Ari and Lennon Thackray, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Peter was loved by his sister-in-law, Pat Colter, and by many nieces, nephews and other extended family members in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Peter is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Amy Thackray (Montreal, Quebec) and his parents-in-law, Maurice and Connie Colter (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). Peter is also predeceased by his brother-in-law, Jimmy Colter from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

Peter’s first career was as a pilot with the Canadian Navy (based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia). This was followed by a long career with Bell Canada in Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Ottawa and London, Ontario.  After retiring from Bell Canada, Peter worked for Alcatel-Lucent Canada in Georgetown, Ontario. 

Peter lived his life for loving family and many good friends. His funeral will be held at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin Street, London, Ontario on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior and a reception to follow at the church. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the 7C Oncology Team at Victoria Hospital – LHSC for their compassionate care of Peter.  Donations to Peter’s favourite cause, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (in honour of his grandson Max’s successful completion of treatment for childhood leukemia) would be appreciated.



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Ted and Leona KaySo sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a great childhood friend. We had some great times together.
Pierre FerlandPierre Ferland, Today, November 6, I was browsing through the ¨Bell In Touch Newsletter¨ and came across the obituaries list of the Bell Canada employees that have recently passed away. Even if I knew that Peter was very sick as he has sent an e-mail in early 2019 advising his friends that he had been diagnosed with a phase 4 pulmonary cancer, the news of Peter’s passing was a shocking blow for me. During my 2 ½ years stay with Alcatel Canada, I have learned to appreciate Peter support and friendship.
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