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Peter HONEYBORNE

Peter Edward Honeyborne, born on September 16, 1957, peacefully passed away at his lakefront home on August 6, 2023, at the age of 66. He fought bravely against stage 4 (colon) cancer for six years, surrounded by his beloved family. Peter is survived by his wife Jo-Anne, their children Cameron, Lianne, Patrick, and Geoffrey, as well as his cherished grandchildren Lillian, Emily, Oliver, and Bryson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Irene. Also remembering him are his sisters Sheila and Heather, his brother Brian, his nieces, nephews, and great-niece. Peter was born in Kenora, Ontario, and the family relocated to North Bay in 1967. He completed his education at Chippewa High School in 1976. Subsequently, he pursued a Double Major in Accounting and Business Administration at Canadore College in 1981. Although, Peter’s dedication to numbers led him to obtain a Bachelor of Administration with a Major in Accounting from Lakehead University in 1982.

Once he embarked on his professional career, Peter served as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Calgary until 1984. He then moved to Toronto to work for Montreal Trust. In 1987, Peter achieved his CMA (Certified Management Accountant Designation) while starting his career with the City of Brampton. Despite his full-time profession, he continued his studies and earned his MBA with a Major in ITM (Information Technology Management) from Athabasca University in 2004. Additionally, he obtained his CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant Designation) in 2014. Peter concluded his remarkable career as the Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer) for the City of Brampton in 2016.

Peter wholeheartedly embraced life with enthusiasm, energy, and a zest for knowledge. He possessed an insatiable curiosity, constantly utilizing his trusty Blackberry to gather information. This meticulous approach manifested from a young age when he collaborated with his childhood friend to collect hundreds of bottle caps for one of his innovative ideas. Whether it was planning the best route on a vacation or constructing his lakefront retirement home alongside Jo-Anne, Peter methodically researched his options and formulated a thoughtful plan to achieve his goals.

His love for the outdoors and fishing was extensively shared with Jo-Anne. They spent countless hours camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, and enjoying their vacation home in Florida. Later on, Balsam Lake became their preferred getaway destination and the site for their retirement home. Now, their grandchildren find solace and happiness at “Papa Pete and Gramma Jo’s Lake House,” a testament to Peter’s ability to awaken a sense of wonder and joy in those around him.

Despite the challenges he faced during his battle with cancer, Peter maintained an unwavering positivity. He firmly believed that in the face of adversity, one always has the choice to react with either negativity or an uplifting outlook. Peter consistently chose the latter, even when the disease posed a formidable foe. His passing has undoubtedly left an immense void in our lives, but his legacy lives on. Peter departed this world as he lived: with dignity, courage, and an unwavering sense of pride.

Online condolences may be expressed at lakelandfuneralcentre.com.

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