The world lost a big man with a big heart when Peter was killed in a head on car crash in Nairobi on the 18th November, many of you may have seen the piece in the daily mail showing this picture of Peter with the children, it was also broadcasted on the local Oxford radio and local newspapers.
He was the founder and CEO of the African Children's Fund link here.
The charity was founded in Spring 2006 and now work in Kanya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Peter used to go out to Africa three times a year and was due back over the weekend, it is with great sadness to all of us that Peter was killed but the Charity is going to carry on and a trust fund will be set up in Peter's name to make small grants to causes he would have supported.
Peter was also a member of the Abingdon Chamber of Commerce, a Governor of Longworth Primary School, and vice chairman of the Wantage Liberal Democrats.
The church service was held on Wednesday at Longworth Church St Marys, it was a long service with many tributes coming from Africa, these were read by Henry Chitsenga from the GRJ church of Zimbabwe, tributes also came from the Kenyan Community of Swindon, Dad timed the service as one hour eight minutes. One strange thing happen in the service, in line with the coffin and the vicar sitting a very small translucent green insect spiraled up into the top of the church where is came from I don't know but it almost looked like an fairy with its see through wings. While the vicar was talking about Peter a wasp landed on his robe and stayed there for a while before flying off. There was a message from Caroline his sister living in Australia, she said that a couple of days after Peter was killed a blue and white butterfly came around her as she hang out the washing, it stayed by her ear hoovering so close she could hear its wings moving and then it settled on her arm and looked at her. She felt it was Peter came to tell her he was OK. It was a bitterly cold day with a cold wind blowing and the sun shone, the church was packed with people standing at the back and in the aisles. Peter was well known and will be missed in so many ways by so many.
Then followed refreshments at the Blue Boar in Longworth before a family service at the Oxford Crematorium.
I shall never forget Peter this is a picture from our wedding in August 2002, Peter was Vernon's Best man. Peter did the most brilliant speech at our wedding without writing it down just a few lines to prompt him, there's not many people can do a speech without it being completely written. From the first time I meet him well on the second time I meet him when we were leaving Peter said to me I get on better with you than I ever did with Pat (Vernon's previous wife) I thought at the time he's only just meet me he hardly knows me, but I always got on very well with peter and well everyone in Vernon's family. It strange that Vernon's Dad was going to arrange for me to meet Uncle Colin (Dads Brother) one day and why it is that families only meet up on sad occasions such as funerals.
I will miss Peter and this has been the saddest post I think I have written, I know its a bit late but its better late than never, the world is a sadder place with the loss of Peter a man with a big heart who would do anything to help anyone.
Vernon will never forget his retirement day being the same day Peter was killed.