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Peter Stirling Stemp

April 13, 2014


Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at age 65.  Beloved husband and best friend of Ann (Diggins) for 45 years.  Loving father of Patrick (April).  Predeceased by daughter Erin (1993).  Devoted Poppa of Breauna and Olivia.  Pete will be missed by brother Paul (Linda), family and friends.  Cremation has taken place.  A special thank you to the staff in the Dialysis and Palliative Care Units at University Hospital, the Saint Elizabeth nurses, and devoted friends Dennis Lebert (nephew), Karen Swartz and Bill Marshall.  If wished, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders (>, Operation Smile Canada  ( or the charity of your choice. 

                                     “Let none regret my end who called me friend.”

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Ann, I am very sorry to learn of your husband Peter passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Take care and see you soon. Athina( Sofias daughter)

~ Athina Bikas

(Donated to Doctors Without Borders)

~ Pam Taylor

(Donated to Doctors Without Borders)

~ Barb and Ken Reichert

(Donated to Doctors Without Borders)

~ Rita Vanstigt

(Donated to Operation Smile)

~ Karen Swartz

Ann and family we are so sorry for your loss. Pete was a great inspiration to so many and we will never forget his humour, wit and cleverness. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.

~ Dani Pongracz

As a colleague in Sociology, we often talked of the trips that Peter and Ann would take in their motor home. They took most delightful trips.

~ Rod Beaujot

Ann I just heard about Pete's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Love Carol.

~ Carol Terpstra (nee Brown)

I am extremely sorry to hear of Peter's death. I have known Peter for a long time from the early eighties. When I was chair in the late 1980s I had occasion to know him better as a teacher in his relations with students. I was impressed by his professional attitudes . On the personal side something that people may not know is his love of wildlife. Around 1990 he went to Kenya and Ruanda on a grand safari with his family .He used to tell me all about it and how he would love to go back again. Because of it I went on a safari myself soon after and we used to compare notes. My sincerest condolences to the family.

~ T.R.Balakrishnan

Ann: We are deeply saddened to learn of Pete's passing. We are just so sorry and our hearts go out to you and your family at this very sad time. Love Ed and Jan

~ Ed and Jan Murray

When I first joined the Sociology Department way back in 1988, Pete was one of the people who I interacted with reasonably often because he, like me, was one of the large Intro Soc instructors. We had a common final exam in those days, and I recall that Pete always created the most arcane and convoluted multiple choice questions. I realized that any mind that could conjure up such questions would have to be interesting, and over the years, Pete and I had many wonderful conversations. I was sorry when he left, but it is good to know that he had several good years in retirement. I was shocked to here of his passing today, and I am immensely sorry that I did not get to spend any time with him after he retired. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. He was a good man, and will be sorely missed.

~ Tom Murphy

In many ways Pete was a very private public person. He was private in that not many colleagues knew what his home life was, and apart from his diving and photography, I did not know of his non-academic pursuits. Pete Stemp was a phenomenal colleague, very well read, bright as heck, and always full of great anecdotes about student foibles. In a department where politics permeated everything, Pete always played his cards close to his chest and that made him well liked, very trusted and truly special. My heartfelt thanks to his family for having lent him to us for an all-too-short time.

~ Anton Allahar

I am saddened to hear of Pete's death. He was a wonderful, kind person and a superb, dedicated teacher. I can recall so many interesting conversations with him over the years. My most sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.

~ Kevin McQuillan

Hi Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about Pete's passing. I know that you two had many wonderful trips together and I hope that the memories of the good times will sustain you. Ann, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

~ Josie Toogood

I had the pleasure of working with Pete for my entire career at Western. He was a mentor and a wonderful colleague, always available for advice and help for a new recruit. He inspired many of us to be better people, as we watched him live his life. We will miss him. Our love to Ann and Patrick and the rest of his family.

~ Doug and Gail Perry

Peter was a great guy, who always seemed to have a smile and an interesting story to share, whenever I would drop by his office at school. For decades at Western, he was a respected and devoted teacher and colleague, a special person whom I held in high regard. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

~ Ed Grabb

Ann: So sorry to read this morning of Peter's passing. It's a very sad time for you and your family and my thoughts are certainly with you. May your wonderful memories sustain you. Take good care of yourself. Susan Alvaro

~ Susan Alvaro

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