OBITUARY: Peter Vodstrcil '56

Peter George Vodstrcil '56 passed away on January 18, 2021 in his 80th year, peacefully at home in Montreal, the last of a family who fled Eastern Europe to make a new home in Canada in the darkest days of WWII. He was predeceased by his father, Tomo, in 1984; his brother, Andrew, in 2003; and his mother, Herta, in 2014. Peter enjoyed a happy childhood in The Linton Apartments and lived independently for most of his adult life, although he suffered from bouts of mental illness. He will be remembered by a small coterie of caregivers and friends who admired his spirit and tenacity. In view of the pandemic, a private graveside service will be held in the spring. Donations in Peter's memory may be made to The Douglas Hospital Foundation. Montreal Gazette

Born June 11, 1941, Peter attended Selwyn House School from 1947-1956. During those years, Peter was a member of Cubs, Scouts (Patrol Leader of Bulldog Patrol 1954-56), Choir, Skiing, Swimming, Boxing, Soccer, Drama and Debating. Peter was a prefect and member of Wanstall House. Peter was awarded the following during the June 1956 Sports and Academic Prizegiving: Mackenzie Cup (Scout award to the Bulldog Patrol), Form V - 1st, Dramatics Prize, Distinction in Oral French, Distinction in Literature and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal for Academic Distinction in Senior School. Peter served as Secretary of the Old Boys’ Board from 1968 to 1972.