Heckmann, Peter Robert

Peter Heckmann passed away peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the age of 68 after a heroic battle with cancer.

Born in Utrecht, Holland on September 27, 1952, Peter was a son of the late Heindrich ‘Hank’ and Gourdina ‘Donna’ (nee Wink) Heckmann. Peter was predeceased by his brother Robert Alexander Heckmann.

His surviving wife Sylvia (nee Wright) will miss him beyond what words can express. ‘Pete’ was a loving and devoted husband and she felt very blessed to share her life with him.  He was always kind hearted and willing to help others whether he knew them or not.

After many years spent as an executive in the business world, Pete and Sylvia chose the Meaford area to embrace a different lifestyle and have enjoyed everything the community has to offer.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca


Private Arrangements

Donations: Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the Canadian Cancer Society
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Mike Ashmore
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    Thankyou Peter for being a good,honest and helpful neighbor for our 5 years on Ross St. If there is anything Sharon and I can do to help please ask and we will be there. All our love.

  2. patricia aitken
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    We will miss our very caring friend and neighbour always there to help when you needed something.
    Rufus’s special buddy.
    Garry and Pat

  3. David Holbrook
    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Peter is one of the best people I know. My friend, neighbour and someone I looked up to. Kind, gentle, smart, caring, welcoming. He was always willing to help and often made it to the door before I put the phone down. He has taught me a lot as well as bestowed great confidence when tackling a new project or fixing an old one. His level of knowledge was unbound and always took the time to explain any concerns. No job was to big or to small for Pete he enjoyed them all. His love for animals was immense and he could often be seen on one of his many dog walks per day. I will never forget his big smile and wave. Love and miss you Pete


  4. Gloria Holbrook
    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Peter was such a wonderful neighbour. He was compassionate, caring, and always lent a helping hand to anyone in need. I will miss our chats over the fence, and you calling out my name to say hello as you walked the dogs down the street. You will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace my Dear Friend. Gloria

  5. Beverley Piercey
    Sunday, May 23, 2021

    Dear Sylvia, I am so sorry to hear the passing of Pete. Even though I never met him, I always heard wonderful things about him. May he Rest In Peace. I am always here for you if you want to call and chat. Your forever friend, Bev.

  6. Rob Holbrook
    Monday, May 24, 2021

    Pete was my family’s neighbour and friend. While I only had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times, I still felt like I knew him well. That’s because of the countless stories of his kind, caring and selfless nature. Whether it was walking dogs, splitting and stacking firewood or assisting others with their DIY projects around the house, Pete was always there to lend a helping hand. Everyone who knew Pete has stories of his good deeds, which is a testament to his incredible character. I am incredibly sorry to hear of his passing, but I know that he will forever live on in our hearts and minds.


  7. Jane and Tony Mei
    Saturday, June 5, 2021

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. We will always remember Pete’s giving nature and enthusiasm for life. He was always looking to lend a hand and we will miss chatting and seeing him out enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood.

  8. Doug Richardson
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Peter and I met 40 years ago as managers working for the HBC. He later described himself at work as having “a rebellious irrelevant attitude” and always as being obsessive compulsive but in a good way. We shared interests in Personal Computers, new technology and motorcycles and later about home renovations. He was on the leading-edge personal computers, computer programs and the emerging internet in the early 80’s. Peter helped me with personal computer skills that lasted my whole working career.
    After Peter and Sylvia moved to Ontario, I only saw Peter once in 2008 while he was visiting his mother on the west coast. The rest of the time we exchanged occasional emails. Peter commented several times over the years that he could never believe how fast time passed. He favorite expression describing the passing of time was “Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana”.
    Peter had many interests. He enjoyed books and claimed he had way too many but couldn’t part with any of them! He was a self-proclaimed computer geek. Peter was always up on current and world affairs and with a well-balanced outlook on life and an analyst, problem solving mind, Peter always had great insight into almost anything.
    Peter had several large motorcycles in Ontario. He shared one of his motorcycle stories with me about having motorcycle fever (the incurable need to ride) here is a quote:
    “I remember one winter I took my Road Star
    out when it was -25c. Even though I had many layers of clothes on and
    snowmobile mitts I could only be out for 20 minutes maximum. I sat
    idling at the stoplight and this big dump truck pulled up beside me. He
    rolled down his window with his mouth hanging open and his eyes as wide
    as saucers and yelled at me; “pushing the season a little bit, aren’t
    you?”. I was so cold I couldn’t talk so I simply nodded my head. If you
    have never had the fever, you can’t understand it.”
    Peter felt so lucky to be retired at 55, a great accomplishment. Being retired gave Peter the ability to do what he wanted. He said he really enjoyed helping neighbours with small home renovations, getting firewood ready for winter and walking the neighborhood dogs in the winter almost every day. Peter was a giving person.
    Peter talked about Wizards in the universe and Wizard spells that made unexpected but good things happen. He believed Wizards were super smart. Peter was a Wizard and a great friend, he will be missed, may he rest in peace.

    Doug Richardson

  9. Robert Heggie
    Thursday, June 10, 2021

    I only just found out of Peter’s passing, via our mutual friend Doug Richardson. We both have very fond memories of Peter while we all worked at Hbc…. So many years ago, with families grown up, yet it seems like only a blink. Peter’s wit and humor and boyish looks and wonderful winning way will never be forgotten. One of my regrets when moving to California and losing touch so long ago, yet still remembering him so well. God bless you and Rest in Peace Peter.
    In deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.
    Robert Heggie


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