In Celebration of

Peter Veneman

August 5, 1965 -  January 10, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved brother and friend Peter Veneman. Peter died peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, in St. Michael’s hospital at the age of 58. Born in Mississauga, he is predeceased by his parents Christa and Gunter, who met in Canada, after immigrating from their homeland of Germany. He leaves behind his brother Erik with wife Michelle, his nieces Maggie and Abbey, his step-nieces/nephews Steven, Chelsea and Cameron, his cats Tessa and Buddy, and many close friends whom he also considered family.

Peter was larger than life, in part due to the many hours he spent in the gym, but more importantly, because of his radiant personality. He had a way of bringing people together and surrounded himself with good people. One thing you could always count on when you saw him, was that he would give you a big, often sweaty, and usually shirtless hug, before introducing you to everyone he knew. This earned him the nickname of “Canadian Ambassador to Croatia” on a recent trip there.

Peter could light up the room with his smile. He had a childlike innocence that could simultaneously make you laugh and shake your head at whatever ridiculous story he shared with you. He never lost the positivity and playfulness that defined his personality.

Peter was up for anything, especially if it involved a dance floor, which is where he made so many of his friends. Adorned in his mother’s pearls he would dance and twirl up a storm. Peter always looked after his friends, if you needed water or gum Peter had you covered, but more importantly, Peter made everyone feel at home and protected.

Peter loved his cats, although he struggled with portion control in their diets. He collected gadgets, like his unicycle, though rarely learned how to use them. He was a self-described "big, gay, non-sports fan", but knew that “apparently sports are amazing.” He often relaxed too hard, and had broken chairs to prove it. He ate mountains of food, but then would gladly finish what you couldn't. He loved watching movies, especially animation, and he lived in shorty shorts and crew socks.

These are just some of the things that made Peter who he was, but more than anything what defined Peter was the way he loved the people he cared about. He lived life to the fullest and while he is gone too soon, he gave us a lifetime of memories that we will never forget. Thank you, Peter, for bringing exuberant amounts of joy and love into our lives every day.

In recognition of Peter's love of cats, his friends and family ask that in lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Toronto Humane Society by clicking the Donations button on the top of this page.


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Patti Bruce (Close friend)

Entered January 16, 2024 from Port Elgin

My deepest sympathies to all of Peter‘s friends and family.

We’ve been friends for so long, you will be forever embedded in my heart. You were known as my gay husband on the dance floor. Whenever we went out, the first thing anyone ever asked me was “where is Peter“. I don’t know how I’m going to do it without you, you were always my home-base and my safe space., and always made me laugh when I was blue.

I’m going to quote something from the last birthday card you sent to me: “I love you! I love you! I love you! I love you, darling!!!” Right back at ya, babe. Rest in peace, my dear. Although, knowing you, you won’t be resting, you’ll be dancing. May we meet again! Loving & missing you now and forever. XO

Rob Singh (Dancefloor friend)

Entered January 16, 2024 from Stoney Creek

Peter, I did not know you well, but, will cherish seeing your smiling face on the dance floor and the mentioned sweaty hugs. You always made me feel as if we were close friends. The world and Toronto music scene has lost a beacon of light.

James Duncanson (Friend)

Entered January 16, 2024 from King City

Hey Peter...
I miss you already.
I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you in this life.
You brought lots of life, laughs, humor, smiles and an all around good vibe to whatever you were doing.
I will definitely be missing our weekly messages on social media and you will definitely be missed at future music events. They just won't be the same.
Rest in peace, my friend.
❤️ James

Jyle Reeves (Friend)

Entered January 16, 2024 from Toronto

My sincere condolences to the family and close friends
My dearest Peter, I learnt a couple of years ago that grief and gratitude can coexist & that is what we are all going through at the moment knowing you gave gone. The outpouring of love and sympathies show the type of person that you meant to others, always a smile on your face, always up for fun and ready to take on the world. Until we dance again….
Much love

Nicci Sharpe (Friend)

Entered January 17, 2024 from Toronto Ontario

Peter’s presence was like a burst of energy, full of warmth and full-hearted connections. One of my favourite memories of him was dancing at Jazzfest, Peter began to embrace each of his friends present. When someone asked if he was leaving, we learned he was simply taking a ‘mid-concert hug break.’

He had a thoughtful and generous nature, always ensuring that everyone felt included. Peter had a gift for making each of us feel significant and connected, not just to him but to each other. His introductions weren’t just formalities; they were bridges he built between people, creating a web of friendships that mirrored his own vibrant spirit.

Nights were undeniably brighter and filled with more laughter when Peter was around. We were so lucky to have shared dances, laughs, and hugs with him. It’s a deep sadness that we won’t have those many more nights dancing together, but the memories of the times we did share will forever be a source of light and happiness in my heart. Peter, you will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Shine on BGP.


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