Peter Douglas SHARGOOL


Dr. Peter Douglas Shargool was born in London, England on February 25th, 1935. He survived the horrors of London during WWII while his Father was at war only to lose him in an accident when he was 13. At 15 he had to leave school. He attended night school for many years to make up for his lack of education and achieved his B.Sc. working as a lab assistant during the day at the gas company and Guy’s hospital before moving to Burroughs Wellcome. It was at Burroughs Wellcome where he met the love of his life, Maureen King. They were married in 1961 and went on to spend 46 wonderful years together. Hand in hand, they embarked on the adventure of a lifetime and emigrated to Canada in 1962. Their son Mark was born in 1965 and daughter Janet followed in 1974. He worked tirelessly to support his family while continuing his studies. He was awarded a M.Sc. degree from the University of London in 1961, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1970. His research career was spent at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Biochemistry, Spending sabbaticals at the Prairie Regional Lab in Saskatoon. Ill health forced him to take permanent leave in 1995. His retirement was spent in B.C. where he and Maureen began a new life together in Duncan. He retired in 1997. The years spent at Fairbridge were some of the happiest they knew. Together they gardened, explored the beaches and made many wonderful friends. Peter’s passion for art flourished on the island and he earned a BA in Studio art in 1999. Moving to Maple Ridge to share a home with Owen and Janet was an opportunity to make more friends. Peter is survived by his wife Maureen, son Mark (Goy Rungnapa), daughter Janet (Owen Smith) as well as three beloved grandchildren Elizabeth, Emily and Andre. He passed away on Oct. 6, 2008 but will be lovingly remembered by his family and many friends. A celebration of his life and exhibit of some of his many works of art will take place on Thursday, October 16th 2008 at St. John The Divine Anglican Church in Maple Ridge, BC. The service will start at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

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