On October 5, 2021, we lost our beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, Peter Nimer.
Peter was born in Jaffa, Palestine on October 17, 1938, the son of Hannah and Huda Abu Nimer. He grew up with very humble beginnings in Jaffa alongside his six brothers and sisters. From the days of black and white, Peter created a life that was full of colour for himself and everyone around him.
He was educated at the Terra Sancta School in Jaffa, where he established a deep connection with Catholicism and Christ. There, Peter learned the values of humanity, fraternity, respect, freedom, social justice and the vision of man as the image of God, which he carried with him throughout his life. Experiencing WWII and the other tumultuous regional conflicts of that time also helped to shape and strengthen his love for life, his love for others and all that life had to offer. The vibrance of Tel Aviv in the 1950s helped to shape his appreciation for living life to the fullest. He loved life and being in love.
Peter became chauffeur to the French Ambassador to Israel, where he was a tour guide for many dignitaries wanting to see and learn about the history of Jerusalem and the birthplace of Christ. His connection with a French military attaché resulted in an offer to work and live in Paris, France, which Peter gladly accepted.
Living in the 4th arrondissement in Paris in the 1960s was an experience that Peter would often say was the best time of his life. On a trip up the Eiffel Tower, Peter met Eileen Miller, whom he would marry in 1965. Peter and Eileen had a beautiful child in Paris, Jean Paul, who sadly passed away on his 10th day of life. Another job opportunity and Expo 67 brought Peter and his family to Quebec, Canada where Peter and Eileen gave birth to their second son Paul (Boulos). Peter’s mother and siblings, who were living in Ontario, Canada convinced Peter to join them in Toronto where Eileen and Peter’s beautiful daughter Jacqueline was born. Peter is the proud grandfather to JP, Jada, Lucas, Myles and Sophia.
Peter was a caring, loving, funny man who lived life to the fullest. He would light up any room with his presence and storytelling, he was an incredible host, and went out of his way to take care of others in an effort to make them happy.
We will miss our father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, but we know that he will always be with us, guiding us from above and keeping us on the right path. You will always be in our hearts and in our memories. Thank you for teaching us about the joys of life and the value of honor. Until we meet again Grandpa Pedro. Looking forward to raising a glass with you. Rest peacefully.