Peter Charles Maurice
July 12, 1937 - March 14, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform you that my father Peter Maurice, passed away at University Hospital in London. He was a remarkable man and a great father. When I was a young boy he was at every hockey game and practice which made me feel very important. Whenever I asked him for help with homework he was always there to teach me from first principles. (I just wanted the answer). As adults we grew to be best friends and talked daily about topics that would usually only interest us.
As a man he lived a remarkable life. He grew up East of Adelaide on Quebec St. in a broken home. He met my mother when they were young, and was taken in by my Grandmother as a member of the McGrath family. My Grandmother created a home filled with love. That was all he needed to become the greatest man I have ever known. At 16 he worked on the railroad swinging hammers and shoveling coal into the steam engines. He became big and strong. He was a voracious reader and good at school and earned himself an academic scholarship to The University of Western Ontario as an engineer. He or my mom's family had no means so a scholarship was his only route to university. I followed in his footsteps as a graduate engineer from Western where he gave me my ring in the iron ring ceremony. He at 5' 10" made the Western Football team as a defensive end. After graduation he followed his feelings and ended up in banking. Although trained as an engineer by the time he turned 50 he had become President of Canada Trust (soon to be TD Canada Trust). Is that not a remarkable life! He was the smartest wisest person I ever knew! From his upbringing he was also very tough. I think the best advice he ever gave me was "You have everything you ever wanted in your life right now because if you had wanted more you would of put in the effort to get it”. Looking at his life who could argue?
I LOVE YOU DAD!
Predeceased by his beloved wife Beverley Ann Maurice (McGrath). Lovingly remembered by his son Jonathan and wife Sarah Smith, grandson Zachary, and his sister Joanne Crichton.
Visitation by appointment at Harris Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 23 from 4-7 pm; RSVP to 519-433-7253. Private family service in the funeral home and interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of London or the Humane Society would be appreciated.
March 21, 2021, 1:21 pm
Peter was my big brother and made my life a full circle. He was supportive in so many ways and completed me. The loss of my brother is devastating and he will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to you Johnathon and Sarah, Pete loved you very much. I am so thankful that you were there with him in his final days. I know that u were a great comfort to Pete. love always Aunt Joanne
March 19, 2021, 3:07 pm
Peter was old school and a class act and generous soul - always engaging and always thoughtful. He served his community with dignity and distinction.
John &Edie Maurice
March 20, 2021, 6:49 pm
Johnathon we are so shocked to hear of the death of my brother. We were apart but he was never far from my thoughts.
You are in our hearts at this sad loss of your father. He was a very good man, husband, father and brother.
I was always so proud of all of his achievements in his life.
God be with you and your family.
Your uncle John and aunt Edie
March 20, 2021, 2:37 pm
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a great man, a good businessman, and a fine leader at Canada Trust. He was very decent to me when I joined the CanadaTrust team after the merger with the Permanent. My sympathy to the family.
March 20, 2021, 9:25 am
I was so sorry to read of your father’s passing this morning. My dad, Bob Eynon, was another east of Adelaide kid. He was so proud of your dad and all he accomplished. I grew up on stories of the great Pete Maurice. It was a delight a few years ago when I learned the quiet kind really smart and generous man I was playing bridge with was the same man my dad revered. ( it was the iron ring that led to all my nosy questions) .
March 20, 2021, 9:00 am
Jonathan your words about your father are a real tribute to him and speak well of your love for him. He spoke of you often of and your business the Cheryl Ann. He loved you dearly. He was a joy to sit and talk to and always ready to help teach me how to play bridge. Please accept my condolences.
March 18, 2021, 3:09 pm
Marg and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. He was a remarkable man with a remarkable life and a good friend. As a businessman he led Canada Trust and served on the board of Dofasco Inc. with me. He was a brilliant bridge player attending tournaments around the world. He was an enthusiastic golfer (we roomed together when double occupancy was required during our numerous tournaments over the years). He and Bev played platform tennis together. He survived after 30 days in a coma. He walked down the Grand Canyon, across the floor – and back. He was an astute and sometimes critical observer of business and political practices. We will miss him.
March 19, 2021, 1:37 pm
I knew Peter as a fellow member of the Hunt Club. I was always impressed with his deep understanding of almost any topic and i enjoyed each and every one of our encounters. He will be sadly missed.
March 19, 2021, 8:59 am
Dear Jonathan & Family
I was saddened to learn of Peter’s passing.
He was a wise and faithful friend who had true grit.
He had a passion for what he did and accomplished much.
Please accept our condolences.
Doug & Carolyn Scott
March 19, 2021, 1:42 pm
Jonathan very sorry to hear of your loss - condolences to you and your family.
Lawrence Joseph McKenzie
March 19, 2021, 1:54 pm
My deepest condolences to the family on their loss of their beloved father and grandfather. May his memory bring you blessings!
Lisa Bax Pettinato
March 24, 2021, 11:49 am
Jon, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I always had a great respect for he and your mom. I knew him to be a good husband and father. He was a fine gentleman whom I was so pleased to have known. May he rest in peace.
March 24, 2021, 1:12 pm
I am very sorry to hear of Mr Maurices passing. He was a great Friend to my Late Father Dr. John Sweeney. After Dad died Mr Maurice would always stop at The Club to say " hello " and ask how Mom and I were doing. I always appreciated that. I would like to express my most sincere condolences to his Family and many Friends.
March 22, 2021, 5:12 pm
Dear Jonathan - sincerest condolences. Your father was a good man. We had a lot of fun times with him and your mom.
All the best - Greg Stone
March 22, 2021, 11:30 am
Jonathon - I was very saddened to learn of Peters passing. Your Mom and Dad were part of a small group that made us welcome when we moved to London over 45 years ago. Your well written obituary notice painted a warm and good picture of a life well lived. I remember Peter as being the first in a number of areas. He was the first person I knew to master a PC and the first to establish a nuclear shelter in your home on Edenbridge.
He was a fine man. Spencer
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