We Remember

BEVAN, Peter Graham

December 21, 1944 — April 17, 2024

On April 17, 2024, in Kelowna, BC, Peter Bevan passed away surrounded by family unexpectedly at the age of 79. Peter was born on December 21, 1944, in England.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen Bevan, married for 59 years; his children, Troy Bevan (Carmen) and Chad Bevan (Karen); grandchildren Mary, Jessica, Ryan, Rylan, and Kenya; as well as his niece, Tanya Bevan. Sadly, he was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Tracy Sinclair; granddaughter, Katelin Bevan; brother, John Bevan; and nephew, Clinton Bevan.

Born in England, Peter embarked on a remarkable journey that traversed continents and cultures. Immigrating, with his family at a young age, to South Africa, he found himself patrolling the sun-kissed beaches of Durban as a lifeguard before heeding the call to serve in the South African Navy as an Officer. In 1965, he sealed his fate in matrimonial bliss with his beloved Eileen, a union that would endure the test of time. Peter’s and Eileen’s adventurous spirits beckoned them across the seas once more, landing them in the welcoming embrace of Canada in 1969. They lived throughout their new county, from the maritime charms of Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the rugged landscapes of Calgary, Alberta. They finally settled amidst the coastal splendour of Victoria, British Columbia, in 1974, where they made their lives for nearly half a century. As a husband, Peter was a pillar of strength and generosity, his unyielding loyalty and love a refection of his character

It is often said that a person “loved to travel” but, Peter’s wanderlust really didn’t know any bounds, he crisscrossed the globe, leaving footprints on every continent save Antarctica. From the vast expanses of Australia, where he embarked on a spirited “walkabout,” to the enchanting allure of Asia, his travels attest to his insatiable curiosity and zest for life. Of course, Eileen was there by his side as his favourite travel companion. Together they could enjoy anywhere.

Peter was grounded in his irrepressible happiness and joie de vivre. A charming goofball with a penchant for mischief, his British wit and sarcasm were as unmistakable as they were endearing. His mission in life was simple yet profound: to ignite joy in the hearts of those around him (aka “Make them smile”).

Though we bid Peter “A Hui Hou,” a Hawaiian farewell echoing the sentiment of “Until we meet again,” his spirit lives on.

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