Dr Peter Coy, 1932–2020

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 63, No. 2, March 2021, Page 89 Obituaries

Dr Peter Coy

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Peter Coy on 17 October 2020. He died peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Peter graduated in medicine from the University of Wales in Cardiff in 1956. His radiotherapy training was at the renowned Christie Hospital in Manchester. The family immigrated to Canada in 1963 when he was appointed staff radiotherapist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. In 1976 he was appointed director of the Victoria Cancer Clinic. Peter was instrumental in the establishment of the Victoria Hospice and was on the board for many years. In 1997 he was made an honorary life member.

After his retirement in 1993, Peter volunteered for numerous organizations and, as chair of the Capital Regional District Tobacco Free Task Force, he was an important activist in developing the first antismoking bylaws in Canada. His main hobbies were gardening, sailing, painting, and lawn bowling, and he loved music.

A man of strength, dignity, and compassion, Peter was an ongoing ambassador of public health and a seeker of knowledge. He is fondly remembered as a lovely, kind man with a great sense of humor. Peter was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jenny; three daughters; and four granddaughters. Peter was predeceased by one daughter in 2016.
—Jennifer Coy

Jennifer Coy. Dr Peter Coy, 1932–2020. BCMJ, Vol. 63, No. 2, March, 2021, Page(s) 89 - Obituaries.

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