David Paul Peters

4/8/1945 - 1/21/2019

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David P. Peters


April 8, 1945 ~ January 21, 2019

It is with profound sadness we announce the death of David Paul Peters, 73 of Upper Vaughan, Nova Scotia, who passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on January 21st, 2019. David was a devoted husband and father who cherished his family. He was a humble and kind man with a generous spirit. David was a gentleman who always had a smile, a genuine interest in others and willing to help anyone in need. He was compassionate, full of fun, and always up for a good road trip. David was an avid animal lover. He was a very community-minded social activist with a strong sense of justice. We will miss his brilliant mind, his listening ear, his passion, his hugs, his wisdom, his sense of adventure, his guidance, and his love of competition in a good card game. He believed in the importance of giving back, paying it forward and keeping it simple.

David grew up in Antigonish and raised his family in New Glasgow. He worked as an accountant for the Nova Scotia Government for 34 years; first with Department of Transportation and later with the Department of Health. He was owner / operator of Dave’s Short Stop Convenience store in Westville. David was active with the New Democratic Party and ran in the 1993 election and provincial leadership in 2000. He was a well respected lifelong activist in the Nova Scotia labour movement; believing worker’s rights were human rights. David held various leadership roles within the Nova Scotia Government General Employee Union over 35 years including serving as President in 1975-1976 and from 1994-1999. He served as Vice President of the Federation of Labour and Director of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). David was also an appointed member of the Board of Trustees for the Public Services Superannuation Plan. He was a strong advocate for pensions and public services and was quoted as saying “I will never abandon the fight for dignity and justice for working people.” David was a brilliant and fair minded negotiator, a good listener and a gifted public speaker. In his retirement he also served as the Chairman of the South West Hants Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jeanette Keeping, Upper Vaughan; daughters, Ellen (Kevin) Rutledge, Trenton; Lori (John) Peters, Westville; and Dawn (Aaron) Peters, New Glasgow; grandchildren, Matthew Rutledge, Alysha (Tremaine) Rutledge, Naomi (Dustin) Rutledge, Morgan (Kennedy) Peters, Jacob Peters, Clayton Peters, Jack Smith and Roman Smith; his siblings, Donna Ellis, Mississauga, Ont.; Russell (Darlene), Medicine Hat, AB; Daphne (Robert) Coutts, Fl, USA; Reggie (Pat) Peters, Antigonish; and Marcia Peters, Etobicoke, Ont.; his stepchildren, Dwight (Debra) Keeping, Lake Echo; Douglas (Rhonda) Campbell, Victoria, BC; Linda Campbell, Dartmouth; Cindy (Victor) Murphy, Balderson, Ont; Tara (Bernard) McIntosh, Middleton; Kelley (Carey) Legualt, Inverary, Ont.; 15 step grandchildren and 16 step great grandchildren. He will also be dearly missed by his faithful companion, Tipper.

David was predeceased by his first wife, the former Ann Marie McLean; brothers, John, Brian and George; aunt, Gladys Peters; parents, David Archibald and Margaret Isabel (Fraser) Peters; grandson, Joseph; son-in-law, Jeremy Bell.

He will live on in his family and friends in the treasured memories embedded in our hearts. We are blessed to have had the privilege to know and love him. Rest easy Dave, on your journey forward.

At his request, there will be no service for him at this time; a graveside committal service will be held at a later date. 

There will be a crib tournament in his honour which will be held in April.

Arrangements are under the care of the Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the SPCA or the South West Hants Fire Society. To have a donation card placed, please call Lindsay's (902-798-2232).

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David Paul Peters

“Miss me But Let me Go”

When I come
to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room-
Why cry for a soul set free?

So miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we all once shared.
So miss me - but let me go.

For there is a journey that we all must take-
And all must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master’s plan,
And a step on the road toward home.

So when you are lonely
and sick oft heart-
Go to the friends that we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go.


Posted by Philip Milo | 1/31/2019

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to talk with Dave on Thursday, 17 January. We figured out that we had known each other for over forty years. He taught me so much about the NSGEU and pension issues. He did so much for NSGREA and was a great spokesman on the pensions committee. He was a gentleman and respected by all who knew him.

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Posted by Tom Webb | 1/31/2019

I grew up with David and Donna living next door and have nothing but fond warm memories of them both and their Aunt Gladys. I lost track of David when I grew older and from time to time wondered how his life had turned out. Our early lives shape who we are and I am not surprised to read of his commitment to social justice and his kind and gentle nature He did not change, he ripened. My sincere sympathy to Donna and to his family. Tom Webb

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