Peter was everything to everybody, but family first

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Peter Charles (left), Bishop Sydney Charles, Peter’s wife Clare and granddaughter Kiera La Caille after a Mass to celebrate the 60th anniversary of priestly ordination for Bishop Charles in St Joseph in May 2014.  File photo by Desmond Durham

“Dad’s first name is Peter and he lived up to his Catholic name because he was the rock on which our family was built.” So said Peter Charles’ eldest daughter, Delia, as she delivered the eulogy at his funeral Mass at the St Joseph RC Church, St Joseph.

And as she described in detail her growing up on Queen Street, St Joseph, living among her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, she reminded attendees that her dad “believed with all his heart that family life was most important”.

From boyhood to teenager was really a lot of fun for Peter—football, cricket and some table games and, of course, girls. He had his encounters but all that changed when he met Clare at my 21st birthday party. After that everything was history. The couple studied in England and got married there in June 1957.

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