It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of William Roy Peters at Vernon Hospice House on December 30th, 2009 at the age of 90 years. Roy was born in Vernon on November 20th, 1919 to Kenneth and Edith Peters and lived most of his life in Vernon and Okanagan Landing. His family were early pioneers, first coming to Vernon in 1906 and settling in Okanagan Landing. Roy received his education in Vernon, attending Central School (what is now Beairsto) and the Park School in Polson Park.
World War II saw Roy serving his country in Italy and Holland as an instrument mechanic with the British Columbia Dragoons. Upon his return from the war in 1945, Roy joined the family business of Peters Furniture Store which later became Peters Home Furnishings and then Peters Custom Floors. In 1948, Roy married his sweetheart, Helen (Whyte) and they raised their two children in paradise at Okanagan Landing. Roy could often be seen sailing in the Snipe. He was a member of the Power Squadron and involved in the original Okanagan Landing Regattas. Roy was one of the original shareholders of Silver Star Sports. He told stories of their hiking up considerable distances as young men to go skiing. His love of model planes lasted his whole life, building and flying them from his youth until very recently. Upon retirement, Roy and Helen moved to Vancouver Island where they lived for about twelve years before returning to their roots in Vernon.
Roy and Helen enjoyed traveling. They loved to just hop in the car and take off, whether for a Sunday drive or a trip to the coast. They both shared a love of this and were able to journey to Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific to New Zealand, as well as much of North America from Florida to Alaska by car. We all have wonderful memories of holidays with the two of them and of their unending generosity. Roy enjoyed taking photographs of their holidays, of their family and of practically anything!!. He loved taking candid shots whenever he got the chance.
Roy was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 2006, after 58 years of marriage. Left to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory are his son, Ken (Patty), daughter, Stacey (David) Zantingh, grandchildren: Sharina, Heather (Angelo), Leah (Matt) Bryson (Brittany), Brooke (Chris), Natalie and Steven, his great grandchildren: Paige, Ryder, Haylee, Brandon, and Kaylen, who gave him a great deal of pleasure. He enjoyed their hugs and laughter.
As was Roy’s wish, there will be no formal service. Those wishing to remember Roy may do so by sending donations to Vernon Hospice House in his memory.