The food was fabulous, the chocolate fountain was a huge hit, and Los Paperboys played up storm. But most of all, it was wonderful to see so many of Peter’s friends and family come together to celebrate Peter’s life!


Peter’s early years

Peter’s old friend Kevin was unable to come to the party for Peter’s friends on April 3, 2010 but he recorded and sent these memories of Peter’s early years.
Pete’s early years

The Mount Pleasant Community Association dedicated a bench to Peter’s memory. You can find it on East 8th, just outside the new Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

Peter's bench

Peter's bench

Inscription on Peter's bench

Inscription on Peter's bench

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A memorial for Peter took place at Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway on Sunday November 15 from 5 – 8pm.    The program of speakers was videotaped and uploaded to YouTube. You can find the new version with a new, much clearer soundtrack here.

For Peter’s memorial on November 15, we created a slideshow of more than 150 photos from Peter’s life.  You can view these photos on Flickr.  Just write to peter.royce.photos@telus.net and we will send you a guest pass to the slideshow.

Beloved son of Pam and Tony Royce of West Mersea, England, brother to David (Jane), Ian and John (Karen), and caring uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and Tom and Clara. He will be greatly missed by many, including his partner Suzanne Vetterli, and his loving friends, Megan Ellis, Jane Williams and Lorraine Chisholm.

He received great comfort and support from his friends at View Court Housing Co-operative where he lived for more than 20 years. He was a valued and active member of Vancouver Co-operative Radio, Vancouver Community Net, the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Spartacus Books, and the Elizabeth Rogers Community Garden. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement/Community Radio Legend Award from the National Campus and Community Radio Association, and a bench will be erected in his honour at the new Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

He and those who loved him were very grateful for the kind support of the B.C. Cancer Agency, and particularly appreciative of the care provided by Dr. Pippa Hawley, Dr. Gayatri Sreenivasan, Dr. Graeme Duncan and Dr. Meg Knowling.

When Peter was holidaying on Salt Spring Island this summer he constructed a hummingbird feeder from red paper and a syringe — and it worked! That act expresses his special intelligence and imagination, his love of nature, his commitment to the environment and recycling, his sense of humour and his love of life.

Tributes to Peter on Redeye

On November 14, Mordecai Briemberg read an appreciation of Peter on behalf of the Redeye collective. You can listen to that appreciation here.

The following week, Redeye aired a documentary tribute to Peter’s 20 years as a host on the show. You can find that here.