Passionate volunteer generates tributes

Peter Mayfield, Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year in 2000, died Sept. 20 at age 84.

Peter Mayfield

Peter Mayfield

Peter Mayfield was known as the guy who worked behind the scenes with hammer in hand.

Mayfield, Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year in 2000, died Sept. 20 at age 84.

“When I arrived in 1992, Peter was well entrenched in volunteering,” said Ron Candy, Greater Vernon Museum curator.

“He was the handyman and do anything person I would turn to if I needed something repaired.”

Mayfield helped out at fundraisers and was museum board chairperson at one point, but he was most comfortable working with his hands behind the scenes.

“He was very generous with his time. He’d do anything I’d put in front of him,” said Candy.

Mayfield was also extremely active with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre especially during the agency’s formative years.

“I consider that to be as much a legacy if there is such a thing. That may be a little presumptuous to say because there were so many people involved,” he said during a 2001 interview.

But also like at the museum, Mayfield could be found working at the ANBC.

“He was really hands-on with displays and designs,” said Ken Barton, ABNC president.

Mayfield was also involved with the North Okanagan Naturalists Club, the Ribbons of Green Society and the Vernon Outdoors Club.

According to Barton, Mayfield tried to find middle ground when it came to the often heated topic of the environment.

“He was a statesman and very diplomatic. He was all for people working together,” said Barton.

Born in England, Mayfield came to Canada in 1952 and the former businessman settled in Vernon in 1989.

“I retired and sat around and felt guilty and thought, ‘Is this all there is to life?’ And then I began to volunteer and felt great,” said Mayfield in 2001.

Mayfield is survived by his wife Hylda and four children. A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church.