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Peter Eastwick (1962F) | 1944 - 2020

Peter passed away on January 6 2020. Richard Eastwick (1960F) shares a few words.

The youngest of 3 boys, Peter (David Thesen) Eastwick born 21 May 1944, living in Nyasaland (Malawi) and went to Bishops Prep in 1953 Stanmore House. At the College, Peter was in Founders from 1958 to 1962. He was a lively individual at school, easily made friends and excelled at rugby, getting his 1st XV colours.
Thereafter he joined Shell and worked for them briefly in then Rhodesia. In the mid-60’s he moved to England and worked there for 4 years, then took off for Canada, living in Toronto for a while and then settled in Winnipeg.
Here he started his own business as a salesman. He married Carolyn who was a pharmacist there and they were a very happily married couple who never had children. 
Then in the late ’70s they relocated to Edmonton, Alberta, where he started Spill Sorb, a company that was in the petroleum detergent business. It is a peat product and as described on its website is, “the inherent capillary action of the activated peat provides a powerful absorbent that encapsulates oils, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and organic chemicals on contact”.
He exported this product around the world, including the Cape when an oil spill occurred in the ’90s and helped save the penguin population.
About 2 years ago his legs started to give in and he was not in good shape to walk  (no one took any notice as we considered it was an invasion of too much liquor in his body) then in September 2018 he had an operation on his back which highlighted that he was riddled with cancer. After trying to live in a care home for a while he gave up (or they threw him out) and went back to his apartment where he lived until his death on 6th. January/2020. He died peacefully after putting up a huge resistance. His wife had died earlier in 2001 of cancer.
A great and generous guy with unbounded energy to entertain.


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