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Peter Hoisak

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Peter Hoisak

September 16, 1938 - August 25, 2023

In Loving Memory: Celebrating the Life of a Remarkable Father and Devoted Husband: Peter Hoisak September 16, 1938 - August 25, 2023.

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Peter Hoisak, age 85, in his cherished country home in Baltimore in Hamilton Township near Cobourg Ontario. In the early morning hours of Friday, August 25th, we lost our patriarch.

Peter was the devoted husband to Patricia Anne Page-Hoisak. They were married December 26th, 1964 in Montreal, Quebec and he stayed true to his vows in sickness and health to care for his dear Patsy to the best of his abilities. Their partnership was a testament to the strength of their bond, built on a foundation of unwavering love, respect, and shared dreams. Peter found solace and joy in the company of his family, and his role as a husband, father and grandfather brought him an abundance of happiness and fulfillment.

Peter was born in Montreal QC on September 16th, 1938 to Mary and John Hoisak. Growing up in Montreal, he was a shining star on the football field, basketball court and in track & field, at one point holding many individual high school athletics records in the City of Montreal. Peter was a member of the Verdun Shamcats Junior Football Championship winning team. In 1958 he attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick where he excelled in basketball and football while studying engineering. He was later named to the Mount Allison Hall of Fame. He transferred to McGill University in Montreal to finish his civil engineering degree where Pete “Animal” Hoisak wore #32 as a Defensive End on the elite 1960 McGill Football Canadian University Championship team. After a short stint playing for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, he returned to Montreal to earn his Master of Business Administration from McGill in 1968.

Peter worked as a surveyor in northern Quebec and later at Canadian National Railways in Montreal, before moving his young family to Ottawa ON where he served in the role of Director of Rail Freight Policy at Transport Canada until his retirement in 1994. Peter was instrumental in guiding the needed twinning of freight rail routes across the Canadian Rockies. In retirement, Peter continued his passion for golf and Bridge, gathering both a low RCGA player handicap in the former and Master’s points in the latter. He also enjoyed curling, racquet sports, and skiing. Peter was an active member of the communities in which he lived, serving in his church St. Mary the Virgin in Gloucester ON and coaching boys’ hockey and baseball in Blackburn Hamlet ON. More recently, Peter was a member of St. Peter’s Anglican church in Cobourg ON and served as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the Northumberland Hills Hospital.

Peter is survived by his sons Jonathan Hoisak (Cara Campbell) of Milwaukee WI, Christopher (Stacey Nice) of Toronto and Jeremy Hoisak (Nicholas Rice) of San Diego CA and sister Helen Hoisak, and is predeceased by his sister Olga and brother Johnny. He will be fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law Cynthia Hoisak, Carol Page (Winston Emery), and Margot Page (Ulrich Briner). Peter was a passionate cheerleader and generous Papa to his grandchildren Cuyler and Riley Hoisak. He instilled in them the values of perseverance, teamwork, fair play and the importance of embracing challenges with determination and sustained effort. Uncle Peter was a beloved figure to his nieces and nephews Dean Hoisak, Marike Emery, Simon Jay, Matthew Curtis, Lauren Whittle (nee Curtis) and Andrew Curtis. Peter will also be dearly remembered by his cousins in Minnesota and friends in Ottawa, Montreal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Peter’s legacy as a husband, father, athlete and member of the community is a reflection of his character and the values he held dear, and his shining example instilled those values in his children and grand-children. He will forever be remembered for his love and dedication to his family, generosity and genuine kindness to others. His spirit lives on in the hearts of Patricia and family and his memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider a donation to The Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Heather Cafearo/Terry Parry - September 14, 2023

So sorry to hear this sad news. We had only known Peter since 2017 and finally met him and Pat in 2019 after much nagging/video calls to make the journey over from North Wales, UK. Similar to the message below from Kath & Roger, their kindness and hospitality made it feel like we'd known them for years. We'll always remember your 'Western Sandwich' Peter. A lovely man. Our thoughts are with Pat and all the family.

Cobourg Duplicate Bridge Club - September 12, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Sherrill Ryan - September 12, 2023

You will be missed. Roger and Sherrill

Elliott van der Meulen - September 7, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Kath and Roger Goddard - September 7, 2023

We only met Peter and Pat in 2018 when they visited mum in England. After a couple of hours we felt as if we had know them for years. We were then invited to stay at their beautiful home in Baltimore where we spent some quality time with them What a wonderful couple. Our memories of Peter in particular are his drive out of Toronto Airport with Pat yelling instructions at him from the back of the car, his amazing BBQs, his knowledge of the birds in the garden, his warmth and love shown to his lovely wife and then a year later in lockdown the zoom calls we managed to have after several attempts at connecting. We are so grateful to have met Peter and privileged that we were able to spend that time with him. A wonderful man.

Elliott & Claudia - September 7, 2023

We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Peter as a kind person who loved his family and cared for his neighbours and friends. We will miss him.

D'Arcy Nordick - September 6, 2023

Sad to lose Mr Hoiz. Pete was a great dad growing up in Blackburn. Funny, understanding and always a big part of the community. Coached me in hockey and baseball. Fun times. His spirit lives on.

Jacqueline Randall - September 6, 2023

Truly beautiful words to describe a lovely soul I had just met along with his beautiful wife, Pat. The last words I heard Peter say was; "where is my beautiful bride.....". I was honoured to see both Peter and Pat take care of each other, True love and respect I would say! My deepest condolences to Pat and family.

Margaret Hilborn - September 6, 2023

My deepest condolences to Pat and the Hoisak family on Peter's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Nicole Corbeil - September 5, 2023

After reading Peter's obituary I realized how modest he was, another quality to add to his many others. Peter was always pleasant at the bridge table to his opponents as well as to his partner. We will miss him. Sincere condolences to his family.

Keri Campbell - September 5, 2023

The Members of the NHH Auxiliary Volunteers wish to extend their deepest condolences to the Hoisak Family on the loss of Peter, your loving father and husband to Pat, Past-President of the NHH Auxiliary.

Thomas G Chick - September 5, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

MArgot Page - September 4, 2023

Peter You were a of the best and a loyal husband to my beloved sister Pat..a fantastic Dad to Jon .Chris and Jeremy..your spirit lives on in their love for your teaching them values in life...they have learned well. They will support Patsy as you did...they will carry the burden willingly. Rest In Peace and may you meet Patsy in another sphere and know each other again. God bless you. Migs

Marian McGahern - September 4, 2023

Our most sincere condolences to Pat and family. A donation has been made to Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation .

Kathy Froome - September 4, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Tullio Cedraschi - September 4, 2023

I had an incredible amount in common with PETER. Same age within a few days Civil engineer MBA 68 Worked for CANADIAN NATIONAL My thoughts are with the family TULLIO

Bill and Sue Shannon - September 4, 2023

To my Dear Friend Pat, her boys John, Jeremy, and Chris, and their two cherished Grandkids Cuyler, and Riley. Bill and I will always miss Pete, but we will remember the fun times we had being neighbors. Our dinners, parties,Christmas get togethers, or just getting together for a cup of tea, glass of wine or a scotch. We always watched out for you and you always watched out for us. We will always keep watch and remember Pete always. Our love to our Dear Friend Pat her Boys, and to your Grandkids. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. RIP Pete!

Mária Hudáková - September 4, 2023

Dear Pat and family and our dear relatives in Canada, On behalf of all relatives from Slovakia please accept my deepest condolences. We think of you often and remember our meeting in Prague. Thank you we got the opportunity to meet you. God bless you Sincerely Maria Hudakova 🖤 🙏🖤

Bernie Finnerty - September 4, 2023

So sorry Pat. Bernie

Cheryl Campbell - September 4, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Ed Tweedy - September 4, 2023

Dear Pat, Jo -Anne ( deceased, October 13, 2022) and I had so many fond experiences, and great memories, of our travels together with you and Peter. At that time, I had no idea of his many and varied life accomplishments. My condolence to you and your family upon your loss! Most sincerely, Ed Tweedy

Sian/Elizabeth Coffey - September 4, 2023

So very sad to hear of Pete’s passing, yet it is comforting to know he quietly fell asleep. He truly was a great, funny (and clever) guy. I have fond memories of him which will remain with me forever. My heart goes out to all of his loved ones. God bless you all. Xxx

Ron Squires - September 4, 2023

Dear Pat and family, We were saddened to learn of Peter's death. Please accept our sincere condolences. Ron & Doreen

Barbara Wright - September 4, 2023

Dear Pat and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of Peter. Barbara

Anna Gray - September 4, 2023

Both Bruce ( Bowden) and I were saddened to hear of Peter’s death. We had enjoyed his company just a week or so before, at the duplicate bridge game, so the news came as a shock. Our other wonderful memories of both Peter and Pat were those on our trip to the south of France, about five years ago. We had a good time together there. Please accept our sympathy on the loss of a kind and thoughtful man. Sincerely, Anna Gray

Ian Porter - September 4, 2023

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Hoisak family . I had the honour to meet Peter a few times and it was easy to like him . His wife Pat taught me grade 7 in Montreal in the late 60's . She was an excellent teacher like Peter was a nice person . I recall spending a weekend with them at their home in Baltimore Ont. back in 2016 , lovely hosts . Pete will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Cheryl Barlow - September 4, 2023

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Peters passing. He was such a gentleman at the bridge table- always pleasant and courteous at the bridge table to his partner and his opponents. He will be missed.

Ariel Mirelman - September 4, 2023

To Pat, Jon, Crhis and Jeremy, please accept my deepest confolences at this difficult time of losing, for Pat a devoted husband and you you guys a devoted father. I cerish his memory, and remember him well from our time together at McGill MBA, as I recall he was a engineer, who always had a very practical point of view, and was always ready to help with complicated statistical issues or computer programing. If I recall we met last at the reuinon held 5 years ago(50 years) at the house fo Tulio in Montreal. May Peter's memory be cherished and let the mightly Lord guard his soul.

Garry Burns - September 3, 2023

With sympathy and well wishes to all of Peter's family. Jonathan, Christopher ,and Jeremy you will always have the treasure of your memories of Peter, as I do having enjoyed my time travelling with him and your wonderful mother Pat in the south of France. Just a reflection from your eulogy, I do wish I had been able to play a round of golf with him.

Dorothy Hafich O'Reilly - September 3, 2023

Dearest Pat and all of Peter Hoisak's family. I am so sad and sorry to learn of Peter's death. Peter was my favorite cousin for the past 80 Years when I first met the Hoisak family .He loved and was so proud of all of you. Please let me know his cause of death as he was so active all of his life. Also, let me know of the future arrangements and where to send a Memorial. Pat, my love goes out to you. Memory Eternal Dorothy Hafich OReilly

Donna Smith - September 3, 2023

To the family of Peter - May your memories bring you comfort and peace. He will be missed at the bridge table for sure.

Blair and Bonnie Stevens - September 3, 2023

So Sorry to hear of Peter's passing. We were neighbours for many years in Blackburn Hamlet and peter and i often rode the #25 to and from work together. I remember him as a serious reader of big books on the bus. Jeremy I recall the years with the hockey team and how proud your dad was of you. We attended the same university and your dad was an athletic legend at Mt A. I still can still hear his voice and I know you always will too. Sincere wishes for good memories and God's peace! Blair

Anne Tesluk - September 3, 2023

All my sympathy to Peter’s family on his passing. We met at duplicate bridge, where he was a kind and considerate partner to many different players, including me. We also had a connection through Pat’s involvement in CFUW, and observed his tender care of her, as she became unwell. I am sure he will be greatly missed here, as well as by his family.

Debbie Bennett & Hans Jacobs - September 3, 2023

Peter was always a gentleman at the bridge table. We had many interesting conversations after playing a set of hands and before the next round was called. Condolences to the family.

Jim Ronson - September 3, 2023

I was a long-time Bridge partner of Peter's. My condolences to the family. He was a really great guy and will be truly missed. Jim Ronson

Ron Sheppard - September 3, 2023

Wow, who knew of Peter's many athletic and professional accomplishments. I just played a few rounds of golf with him and I'm just glad I was competitive against such an accomplished athlete. A friendly presence at the bridge table and never upset if either top or bottom. I will miss Peter at the bridge club and was shocked upon hearing the news of his passing. I hope there is a good golf course and bridge club past the Pearly Gates.My thoughts and condolences are with his cherished family. Ron

Margaret Wright - September 3, 2023

Peter was a steady bridge player and very much appreciated by every one. Fondly remembered and sincere condolences.Regards Margaret