LEA, Peter passed away peacefully on July 24, 2013 in the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, B.C. at the age of 68 years, due to complications from a very fast but heartfelt fight with Pancreatic Cancer.
Peter was born in Toronto, ON, on April 28, 1945 to Arthur and Daisy Lea. After their deaths, he moved to the Williams Lake area to live with his Uncle Jack and Aunt Terry Ross. While attending barber school in Vancouver, Peter became an accomplished goalie playing for the Vancouver Juniors Club and later played with the Williams Lake Stampeders Hockey Club while pursuing his profession as a barber.
He married Ruthanne Leith of Coquitlam, B.C. on May 28, 1966 and they settled in Williams Lake, B.C. They had two children Christopher and Jenniffer. Peter and Ruthanne then moved to Dawson Creek in 1979 and lived there for four years before moving to the lower mainland where Peter was a barber in Port Coquitlam until 2008 when he had to retire due to medical issues with his heart.
Peter and Ruthanne moved to Smithers to be closer to their daughter and her family and have made good friends and a supportive church family. Peter will be sadly missed by all who have come to know him over the years.
Peter is survived by his wife Ruthanne, son Christopher Lea; daughter Jenniffer (Kerry) Brandon; grandchildren Brennain Lea and Brynn Brandon.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Peter’s name to the Community Cancer Care Services at PO Box 370, Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0. No service by request.
R.A. Schrader Funeral Services