It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we mourn the loss of our Husband, Dad, and Opa. Peter Henry Obdam passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Saturday, November 11th, 2023. Age 86 years.
Beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of Jennifer, and Peter Jr. (Bianca). Dear Opa of Kyle (Jordan), Tori (Jackson), and the late Zachary; Devan (Mily), Deanna (Evan), Peter John Jr. “Johnny”, Nick, Emily, and Abigail. Loving Great Opa of Alyzabeth, Saydee, Skyler, Tyler, Ella, and Matthew. Survived by his sister Ria, and pre-deceased by his sister Jos. Fondly remembered by Mary’s family, his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Peter was born in 1937 in Lisse Holland. He emigrated to Canada in 1959 where he met his loving wife Mary and got married in June of 1960. Peter was a very proud Canadian. He had passion for flowers which got him into the floral industry, so in 1975 Peter and his family moved to Parry Sound. They fell in love with the beautiful area and the Georgian Bay and decided to open Obdam’s Flowers which is still going strong today. Peter was a very generous and giving man who would do anything for his family, friends and even strangers. He had a real zest for life and loved to make others laugh. One of his favourite expressions was “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain't much”. He was very well known as “Opa” not only to his loving family but also in the neighbourhood.
Peter’s family would like to thank Dr. Gibson and the nurses at the West Parry Sound Health Centre for their exceptional care and compassion.
A Graveside Service in Celebration of Peter’s Life will take place at Sylvan Acres Cemetery on Thursday, November 23rd, at 2:00 P.M.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Alzheimer Society Muskoka, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
My Goodness! So sorry to hear of Peter's passing. What a wonderful character!
He sure brightened my day so many times. It was so good to see him from time to time, always on for a chat! Our sympathies to you all!
So sorry to hear of Mr. Obdam’s passing. Sending lots of love to Jen and his family.-Veronica Winser
So sorry to hear this Jen and Mary !
Peter and I had so much fun as Long time friends and I love flowers as much as he did. My Condolences. strength and light ! Erik
It is with heavy hearts that we release another Angel to heaven! May he rest in peace!
sending Love and compassion Jennifer you are in my heart and your Father forever in my fond memories!
My sincere sympathy to all Peter’s family.
Wonderful, kind man. Enjoyed our time with him at Rotary. Will be missed.
I would like to send my condolences and prayers to Jennifer and her family-Sandra Sabourin
So very sorry for the loss of Mr. Obdam.
He really was a special person and loved his job so much. We are thankful that we got to know him. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences to all the family.❤
My condolences to Jennifer and the family.-Chris Whittaker
Sending our condolences and prayers to all the family. Rip Pete you were a kind and loving person and always telling jokes or a funny story.-Terri Campbell
How very sad to hear of Peter’s passing. He lived life to the fullest. He was such a helpful person, a true gentleman at heart. He will be very missed. My sincere condolences to the Obdam family.-Donna Sohm
Jennifer and the rest of the family
I remember years ago when my daughter was just little and I would take her out for stroller rides. Every time I walked passed the store he always brought out two red roses. One for me and one for her. Such a sweet man. He will be missed.-Kim Orr (Segula)
mary and family
saddened to see that peter passed. i enjoyed all the time i spent at your home..always a good laugh
Condolences to all of Peter's family-Vincent and Anita Chechock
So sorry to hear of your loss of such a happy, helpful and funny man. Thinking of you all and sending light your way.-Tori Macleod
Always enjoyed his flower deliveries , and meeting Peter on the street…he was always laughing and had a story! RIP….-Patty Forbes
I am so terribly sorry to hear this sad news. Pete was sure one of a kind and he will be dearly missed. Hugs to all.
So very sorry to hear about Peter. Both Gurn and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family.-Hector Lebert
Jennifer...I am so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. I remember him to be a very funny, loving man. I will keep that memory. You have great memories to look back on...so lucky. Condolences to you your Mom and Peter and all the family.
So sorry to hear. Lovely obituary, and just want to add that Mr. Obdam was a strong supporter of Minor Hockey in Parry Sound. I can remember being on his sponsored teams and having him come in to the room for games and practices always in a cheerful and fatherly manner. Just such a great man and leader for us as kids.-Vince Kewaquado
Mrs. Obdam, Jen & Family. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Obdam. Please know our thoughts are with you and your family.
Peter and Donna van der Valk
We send our deepest condolences to the family. Peter was a wonderful man. He will be missed.
Frank and Diane
We are so very sad to hear that Peter died. He was a generous and kind person. We will miss his humour and warmth so much, as well as his typically Dutch down-to-earth personality. Woody and I send our deepest condolences to Jen and Mary and the rest of his family. I know he will be sorely missed.-Richard and Sue Woodhouse
Dear Mary, our Condolences to you and all of Peter's family. We will remember him.-Robbert en Sandra Bosch
Sending my deepest condolences to Mary, Jenn and the rest of the family.-Cindy O’Donnell
Sorry to hear of Sr’s passing. Our thoughts are with you guys during this heartfelt time.-Darrel Aulbrook
Jennifer and Family
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a kind and very funny man. I enjoyed talks with him when he was at the store and would walk up past ours walking the dog. Our thoughts are with you.
Karen and Greg Hobson
Jen I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He was always a pleasure to look after as a patient and was so proud of you. He was always trying to educate me on my flowers.
Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Mary, Pete and Jen
So sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many fond memories of hearing Peter in the stands at our hockey games: everyone heard him and it’s probably best few could understand him. He and his big personality will be missed by many.
Our deepest condolences at this very difficult time.
Scott Kinnear and family.
My thoughts are with everyone at this difficult time.-Michelle Madigan
Heartfelt condolences Mary and all the family in the loss of Peter. It was a pleasure to have known him and his humorous ways, There was a time long ago when we were at the hockey rink for one of the many hockey games, when Peter came into the lobby and put two of our three boys in the large garbage cans, we still laugh over that. A true community man who will be remembered with fondness.
Sincerely, Cliff & Billee Hurd
So sorry to hear of Mr. Obdam's passing. He was always so loving, funny and generous. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to all the family.-Rose Bailey
Dear Jen, Mary and Peter Jr. , When we first read about Peter's passing we couldn't believe it! The first time we met Peter Debbie and I were working for Irene and Walter at the Three Star Restaurant on main street. From the first time we met Peter he gave Debbie a beautiful rose as he discovered that it was our 3rd anniversary the very next day. Over the years Peter never changed. He possessed the biggest heart of anyone whom I have ever met. Peter my friend you may be gone from us physically but you live on in Debbie and My memories and hearts ! Bless you-Dennis and Debbie Brownley
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing, he was a really funny guy, always a pleasure to run into him and have a little chat. Condolences to the family R.I.P. Peter-Cathy Hanna Bormann
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing. He was a fine gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to Mary, Jennifer and all the Obdam family.-Joe Desmasdon
Condolences to all of you. He leaves a big whole in the family. Will miss him but have so many memories he will never be forgotten. RIP.-Lenie and Ton
Ome (Uncle) Piet was a family legend for his energy and humour! He always brought the family together to share laughs & have fun. He knew how to tell a tale. He was free with his praise & generous. As a kid (niece) I loved our summer trips to Parry Sound where adventure centered around Piet & Riet’s house. We’re going to miss him a lot.-Helena & Dino
My heart is heavy hearing of this news. He was such a sweet man. As my mother mentioned above, when he would see me as a little girl he would always hand me a single red rose. I still remember that to this day all these years later. Sometimes it is the simplest and smallest things that can make the biggest impact. Small acts of kindness. My thoughts are with the family.-Lacey Segula
Dear Jen and family. We are so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He has been a constant in our community and will be missed. As the other comments reflect he was spirited, generous had a wonderful sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye.-Nancy & Bob Wallace
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing sending prayers n hugs to Jennifer n family ! He was such a happy man n will be missed by many 😢-Diane Bushey
Jen Peter and Mary, I send my condolences. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.-Corinne Gregory
Mrs. Obdam, Pete and Jen, so sorry for your families loss. Mr. Obdam was a great guy with a huge personality. He will be missed.
My deepest condolences to Jen and family
Peter was such a sweetheart and kind man he will truly be missed
Sending Hugz love
Hi Mary, Jen and Peter and family. I will miss my brother in law. I Always enjoy the visits I had, he always brought us flowers. Lots of memories. Love you all. Helmy-Helmy