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David Peter THOMAS
Père : David Edgar THOMAS
Mère : Hannah Melvina
Décès le : 2007-07-20
Parution : 2007-07-21
Conjoint(e) : Helen
Paru dans : Telegraph Journal, St. John, NB

THOMAS, DAVID PETER - David Peter Thomas, beloved husband of Helen and loving father of Catherine and Rachel, died at home in St. Andrews in the early hours of July 20th of colon cancer, aged 68. Peter was born in Manchester, England, of Welsh parents, David Edgar and Hannah Melvina. A professor of English at UNB Fredericton for 28 years, Peter earned his first degrees at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and his Ph. D. from the State University of New York. He and his wife immigrated to Canada in 1966. A writer all his life, Peter published collections of poetry, a novel, works of literary criticism and several books on local history, notably Strangers from a Secret Land, nominated for the Governor General's Award in 1987. In 1980, Peter took over Fiddlehead Poetry Books from its founder, Fred Cogswell, and established a prose arm, Goose Lane Editions, today a highly-acclaimed publishing house. He was an excellent athlete and avid salmon angler, teaching several good friends the art of fly fishing. Peter was an expert gardener and helped design, build and maintain gardens for both his daughters as well as for himself and his wife. A lover of opera, Peter enjoyed performances at several international opera houses and listened faithfully to Metropolitan broadcasts. He will be much missed by his extended family and the many friends near and far who have supported him through his illness. Survived by wife, Helen (Price); daughters, Catherine and Rachel; son-in-law, Jerry Hamilton; sister-in-law, Janet Price and family of California; and brother-in-law, Anthony Price and family of Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. No visitation please; a Service of Remembrance will be held in St. Andrews in late September. Arrangements in care of MacDonald's Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB. (506-466-3110) www.macdonaldfh.com July 21, 2007

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