It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of our beloved uncle and friend, Peter Justo. Peter passed away peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria, BC), with his niece by his side, on December 8, 2020.
Peter was born in Berlin, Germany. Predeceased by his mother in 1975; by his friend of many years, Francoise Detillieux, in 1997; and by his brother Hans in 2014 and his sister Rosemarie in 2020.
He is survived by his beloved nieces, Fiona and husband Nick, and Lisa and husband Brent, and their families; his sister-in-law Therese. Also by his cherished “extended” family, the Hieberts of Calgary, Montreal and Frankfurt; and too many friends in Victoria and Calgary to mention individually.
Peter came to Canada in 1956. His sister Rosemarie followed in 1958, brother Hans and mother Elsie in 1959. How well they all adapted to life in a new country was his source of pride.
In 1962, with his brand-new Canadian passport, he took a trip to Europe and enjoyed living in the UK for several years. A stint in the British merchant navy allowed him to see most of the world.
After returning to Canada, he lived in Calgary, Edmonton and Banff, worked in retail and restaurant management; taught evening classes and was active in the International Society of Wine Educators. After taking early retirement from the ALCB, he spent many years as a tour director, proudly showing his chosen country to German and British visitors.
He moved to Victoria in 2000, where he soon began volunteering for several local organisations and got involved on behalf of progressive political causes. The Township of Esquimalt honoured him with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, which he accepted on behalf of his ETAG team of fellow volunteers.
Peter cherished having close ties to family and friends. He will live on in our hearts and memories.