September 20, 1949 – December 14, 2021
In loving memory ~
It is with a mix of sorrow and thanks that our family remembers Peter Griffiths. He was always proud of and loved his children dearly, Danby, Scott (Mirella), Jace, Rutger, and Knowlton, his granddaughters Anna- Sofia and Vivian, and he always had great hopes for the future that will carry forward in them all.
Throughout his life Peter burned hot, got many things done, and maintained his independence. He was an inspiration to more than he confounded and many who were influenced or challenged by him went on to greater things as a result.
Born in Brighton, Peter emigrated to Canada with his family in the 50’s and was always very proud of his Welsh roots. His parents had been a nurse (Gabrielle Nowak) and RAF pilot (Wilfred Griffiths) during WWII, his father became a GP and moved the family (Penny, Patricia, Paul) to Trenton, Ontario in the 1950’s. Traumas of war and family issues did not escape Peter yet he worked to shed these burdens in his own life and instead tried to pass on joy through music, love, inspiration, and celebration.
At around 14 Peter fled boarding school, fought with his dad, lied about his age, headed north (Lynn Lake) with a backpack and a gun and got a job in a mine. From this time forward his personal adventures took him to many places, experiences, and people (some stories are true). Peter loved his mom, music, the environment (even when chopping it down), people, flying, fishing, fighting a good fight, tools, his family, and many other things that he did well. Peter represented Canada at the 1988 world hang gliding championships in Australia, where he placed 21st overall.
As a talented piano and guitar player Peter worked at times as a musician but he was also very passionate about our forests, forest policy, and working in the woods as a faller, horse-logger, log house builder, early hele-logger, and writer as a Timber columnist for Equity magazine. Peter also worked to build a successful software company in the 80’s that modernized log scaling technologies in BC. Two decades prior to the iPhone (91) Peter also ventured to grow his business with development of a mobile cellular device for email and personal use. Peter was ahead of his time and loved the challenge and opportunities of our world.
Peter was always givvener and left nothing on the table.
Onwards and upwards, Skipper, don’t let the bastards grind you down.
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