In Memory of Peter Early
In Loving Memory of Peter Early
Peter Early was born August 28, 1944 in Saskatoon, Sask . His parents were W. Edward and Irene Early. Peter died at age 75 in the early morning of Christmas Eve, 2019 with his wife of 54 years, Sheila, at his side. Peter had a longstanding cardiac history dating back to age 21 when he was diagnosed with aortic stenosis. In 1991 he received a mechanical aortic valve and continued on with his life. In 2007 he suffered a cardiac arrest at his beloved cabin at Emma Lake, Sask. Resuscitated by his wife and daughter Lisa initially, then with physician and paramedic assistance he survived to have an AICD implanted at Vancouver General by Dr. S. Tung. The last 6 years of his life were challenging with ablations and other medical setbacks. He had admissions to RCH on several units mostly 2N and 2S.
Peter dearly loved his wife Sheila and their two daughters Lisa and Lindy, their husbands Patrick and Scott and his very special grandchildren Matthew, Daniel, Emma and Keira. His brother Leonard had a special place in his heart and Len once said that Peter was the best big brother anyone could ever want.
His beloved cabin at Emma Lake was his special happy place and he spent every summer of his life there except one (2012) when he was too ill to travel. He had a sense of humor which could make you laugh when you least expected it, was kind and considerate of all people he met, friends, colleagues, and of course health care professionals.
As his wife, I consider him the bravest man I have ever met in so many ways. He endured so much for the sake of his family and we are so grateful for every day we had with him. He lives on in his grandchildren and especially in their memories of the good times spent with him in the last 16 years.
It is our pleasure to support RCH Foundation with donations to Cardiac Services in Peter’s memory.
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