Honourable Peter Gordon Christie

Passed 05/31/2021


Obituary For Honourable Peter Gordon Christie

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peter Gordon Christie on May 31, 2021. Peter was the son of the late Marion (Robb) and George Christie. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joan (Wilson) Christie, sons Scott (Leanne Gillis) of Halifax and Matthew (Shannon Ingraham) of Bedford, beloved granddaughters Claire and Anne, sisters Margaret Embree (Bedford) and the Rev. Catherine Christie (Abbey, Saskatchewan). He was predeceased by his infant brother, George and brother Ross Christie (2011).
Peter started his accounting career at the Halifax Herald and he retired from H.H. Marshall Ltd. as VP Finance. In the 1970’s, when he got involved with the Bedford Ratepayers Association, Peter realized his true passion was community service. After Bedford achieved town status, he was elected as Councilor (two terms) and as the third Mayor of Bedford. After retirement he served two terms as MLA, elected in 1999 as MLA for Bedford/Waverley/Fall River and in 2003 for the new riding of Bedford Birch Cove. During this time, he was a member of Executive Council as part of the Premier John Hamm government and served as Minister of Community Services, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Minister of Finance.
Peter was devoted to his family, friends and his community. He was gentle and quiet man who lived his whole life in Bedford. He had a gift for taking ordinary events and giving them a name and framework that survived decades. His lifelong friendship and interest groups that meant a great deal to him included: the Buds, the Gourmet Group, the Culture Club, the Basic 4 Hockey Guys, and the Scotch Club. Special to him were trips with the family, the big Canada Day parties on the shore and annual family visits to White Point with friends. He was a lifelong member of Bedford United Church and served as Church Treasurer, Council Chair, and Co-Chair of the 1998 Church Expansion Fundraising Campaign. He also enjoyed regular events and home dinners with church friends. He was a lifetime member of Bedford Basin Yacht Club and served as President of Bedford Minor Hockey in the 1980’s. Peter was co-founder of the Light Up Bedford Parade, Bedford’s Gentlemen’s Hockey league, 100 Bedford Men Who Care group, and was instrumental in resurrecting the Bedford Business Association and the Bedford Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Peter’s was a life well lived. His contributions, like his friendships, were numerous. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. Funeral announcements at a later, post Covid, date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bedford United Church (1200 Bedford Highway, Bedford, NS B4A 1C3) or Beacon House Interfaith Society Food Bank (P O Box 513, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 3G4).

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  • I don't know where I was that I did not know of this until now. Sending deepest condolences to Joan, Scott, Matthew and family. Peter was such a kind man and always cared about his family and community deeply. It was an honour to know him and work with him.

  • Our Christie family want to thank everyone for the beautiful notes of condolence on the website Thanks also to J Donald Walker Funeral Services, friends of our kids, for a friendly, thoughtful response to the May 31 death of our beloved Peter. Don made me laugh when I felt I would never laugh again. Thank you! Thanks to everyone who reached out to us at this time. Your thoughts are appreciated. It's a blessing to have wonderful memories. Joan, Scott, Matthew and families

  • As members of the Bedford community and Bedford United Church, Peter and Joan were held in very high esteem for their caring, leadership and compassion for others. Peter and Joan were always a gracious, determined 'dynamic duo' ! More recently Peter was instrumental in the creation of the 100 Bedford Men Who Care, supporting many local charities. Our community and province were better for the likes of Peter Christie! Our hearts are sad; our memories are wonderful. Debby Farnell Rudolph and Tom Rudolph

  • Dear Joan and family, Doreen and I were so saddened to hear of Peter's passing. Having worked for Peter for over 25 years, I knew him to be a fair, caring and skillful leader in business and community. It was inspiring to see his passion and involvement with government, church, community, sport and family. He seemed to make time for it all. We Nova Scotians owe him so much for his service in government and so many organizations.

  • Dear Joan, Family, and extended Family, I wish to offer my sincerest condolences and sympathy on the passing of your beloved Peter. Although not seeing you often, he was always a gentleman in my presence, and truly a saint among us. Please take good care of each other during these difficult times and be well! God Bless you all and may Peter Rest In Peace. Fondly remembering, Cousin Bill

  • On behalf of Grace & I, we would like to offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Peter. I consider myself blessed to have been able to serve with him under Dr. Hamm as we became close friends and confidantes. He always had the interest of Bedford and his family in his thoughts and actions. He will be missed but never forgotten! Neil & Grace LeBlanc

  • Dear Joan, Scott and Matt. It is with the greatest sadness that Peter and I heard of Peter's passing. He and your whole family are such a huge part of our community, and have contributed so much to BBYC, Bedford and the province. We are very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences. Serena G-D and Peter Dwyer.

  • Dear Joan and family, all the accolades are so true. I know that the many people who cared for Peter also cared for you, and it is from those family and friends that you will draw comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Blessings, Francene Cosman

  • I knew My sincere sympathy, I only just learned of Peter's passing. Always friendly, thoughtful, and kind. Peter had a quiet influence, he will be missed. David Gorsline

  • Our condolences to all the family and friends of Peter. He was an outstanding gentleman, friend and Bedford resident. He did so much for Bedford and any who needed his help. Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you adjust to life without him. Doug & Billie Beattie

  • My deepest sympathy to you Joan, Scott, Matthew and Margaret on Peter's passing. I have many memories,and I know Harry had, of working with Peter on campaigns as well as being guests at your home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Barbara Churchill

  • To the Christie Family our deepest condolances on Peters passing. He was a driving force in our community and always a positive energy.

  • Dear Joan, Matt and Scott as well as the entire family. My deepest condolences to you all. Peter will be missed as he was a caring, giving and solid human being. Someone who lives on in all of our hearts. I was so happy to reconnect with Peter as a member of Bedford's 100 men Who Care as it was there where I seen Peter's committed and caring nature as well as his drive when it came to things that matter. My father Mike (Mickey) Currie always spoke very highly of Peter and I was grateful that you Joan and Peter attended his service a couple of years ago. As a relatively new member of BBYC I am thankful for the foundation that was laid by members like Peter as we continue to benefit from those efforts, Joan, Matt and Scott I will certain raise as glass to Peter at the club. Rest in peace my friend and please know that your outstanding service to your community will live on with all of us.

  • To the Christie Family, I hope the many tributes Peter is receiving ease your pain.I want to focus on Peter as a Grandfather.At very young ages Claire & Anne did a performance of a White Sports Coat for us in Mira. Peter not only taught his girls to skate but had introduced them to the Oldies.He was a very Hands On Family Man who left many more happy memories for all to share. Cheers to a Life Well Lived, Rose(Gillis) McDonald

  • Joan, Scott, Matthew and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Peter was a kind and gracious man who always treated everyone with respect. - JoAnn, Mark, Michael

  • Dear Joan and Family Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. -Dr. Roger and Margaret Michael

  • Joan and Family, we were saddened to read of Peter's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go to all of you as you face the days ahead. Sincerely - Mike & Jean Bevan

  • Joan and family: Our sincere condolences on Peter's passing. Bill and Barbara Vye

  • Matt and Shannon and family I am sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad, Peter, who proudly served those of Bedford in so many capacities. May the knowledge of his many contributions to his community give both of you and your family strength during these sad days. My deepest sympathies. Barbara Jackson

  • Dear Joan, Scott and Matt, Linda and I are sorry to hear that Peter has passed. He was an acclaimed member of the community. He made Bedford the town that it is, through his years of service as Council member and Mayor. He added much to this province under Dr. John Hamm's Government. You are justified in your pride of his many achievements. Sincerest sympathy to you Joan, and all the family. Linda and Grant Walker, Bedford

  • Scott and family, sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely Lois Page-Fehr

  • Linda and I want to express our most sincere condolences to you Joan, Scott, Matt and family in the passing of Peter. I had the greatest pleasure and honor in working with Peter through the years of in the 80's and 90's. With Bedford becoming a new town to NS, Peter became very involved with the community groups, volunteering, then later on becoming elected as councilor and then as Mayor of the Town of Bedford. Peter was always the ultimate professional, a true gentleman. Displaying an aura of calmness, remaining cool and collected while working through complicated and somewhat difficult events. Peter never showed the stress of difficult situations, always displaying an intelligent calm, professional work ethic. His true passion was always his love for the community of Bedford. My wife and I are truly thankful for knowing and being part of Peter's life. Dan and Linda English

  • Scott, Leanne, Claire, Anne & family, We're so sorry you had to say goodbye to your Grampa. We hope you are able to find some comfort in sharing stories of Peter for years, & keep his memory alive. We have a toast to him ready to go the next time you're in Cape Breton. Love, Jack, Terri, J.R., Colin, & Neil Chafe Howie Centre

  • Dear Joan and family: I wish to add my expression of sympathy to all the other condolences you are receiving on the passing of a beloved husband, father and grandfather as well as a friend to many. I have especially appreciated the friendliness of both of you wherever and whenever we happened to meet. I was also grateful for the ecumenical spirit you both exhibit and your interest in the activities and projects of Bedford Baptist Church. One memory that stands out in my mind is related to Peter's father and the late Rev. Dr. George McNeill. It was not uncommon for people to take a second look to make certain which George they were meeting! On behalf of the congregation of Bedford Baptist Church I extend our prayers that in the midst of your sorrow you will discover God's comfort, hope and peace. -Rev. Nelson Metcalfe, Pastor Emeritus.

  • Joan, I remember your house was the turnaround point on my paper route back in the late 1970s and I could always count on you and Peter sharing kind smiles with me and a "How are your parents?". Scott and Mathew, your dad was gracious, eternally calm and had such a gentle, easy way about him. It is sad news to hear of his passing. One of the last times I saw him was with Carrie on one of her trips home. We dropped in for a visit and were fortunate to have some time to catch up with both Peter and Joan. They were still at the same house on Shore Drive. So much time had passed and yet no time at all.

  • Joan & family Deepest condolences on Peter's passing. I will always be grateful for the part Peter played in my career. Ken Giffin CPA/CA & Rose Marie

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Joan and her family. Peter lived a full life and served Bedford well...his legacy will certainly be remembered and will be a lasting part of Bedford's history. He will be missed!! Terry and Cheryl Heffler

  • Joan and Family. I am truly saddened to hear of Peter's passing and extend sincere condolences to you and your Family. Have many wonderful memories of time spent with Peter and You , I know your faith will help ease your loss. Gary L

  • Joan, my deepest condolences to you and your sons and their families. Peter was a kind man, a true gentleman. He was a pillar of your community and will be sorrily missed. Your family is in our prayers. - Catherine Ann & Ross

  • Dear Joan and family; We extend our condolences on the passing of Peter. Sincerely, Jim and Beatrice Fifield.

  • Our Condolences go out to The family at this difficult time. Uncle Peter was a true gentleman who always made you feel welcome, his wisdom and gift for caring are some of his qualities I have always admired. Sending love ❤️ Sara and Sean Wilson and family.

  • Dear Joan, Scott and Matt, We are sorry to hear that Peter has passed from this life. He was an outstanding member of the community who helped to make Bedford the lovely town that it is. Things were much better when he and Dr. Hamm were running the province. You can be very proud to be his family. All our sympathy at this sad time, Tutti and Pat Phelan

  • To Joan Christie and Family: I have known Peter for many years, and watched his works as the Mayor of Bedford and as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Let it be known, he served his community and province with distinction. " Please accept our deepest sympathy on his passing." In Faith: Jerry & Marion Pye

  • Good by to an old school mate (grades 4 to graduation - high school) Marilyn (Gillette) Schwartz

  • Dear Joan and family! We were saddened by the passing of Peter.He was a kind and gentle man! There was always something to learn after a conversation with Peter! We so enjoyed the lovely Gatherings and lunches over the years! He will be greatly missed!Our love to you and your family! Jill and Bob Ford

  • The last time I spoke to Peter - was in Sobeys. I mentioned to him - a system of governing that I thought sounded advantageous - asked him if it existed anywhere : right on the spot, he said: "yes it does, in ------------ (I forget - small Asian country, I expect. No hesitation. He knew all the answers - and was succinct in his answers. What an interesting man to spend time with. Joan - I hope you asked lots of questions -- and Matthew and Scott. -------- a huge void !

  • Dear Joan and family, shocked and sad to hear of Peter's passing .Peter was a true friend and I enjoyed the many conversations and meetings we had through the years working together at Marshall's . Love to you and The Christie family Gordon & Gloria Goobie

  • My condolences to Joan, Scott, Matt and your families on the very sad passing of your dad. He was a great friend/collegue to my mom during their time serving on Bedford Town Council many years ago. He will be missed. Siobhan (Cosgrove) Kelly. Co. Laois, Ireland (formally of Bedford, Nova Scotia.)

  • Dear Joan and Family, My condolences on the loss of dear Peter. I remember Peter well from the Town of Bedford days. I am sure he will be missed greatly by his family and friends. May God bring comfort and consolation to you and your family during this time.

  • Dear Scott and family, Sincere condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family. Becky Scott

  • Condolences to the Christie Family. Marc de Jong

  • condolences to Joan and all the family-Peter Christie brought a humility and gentleness to public life that is rare today-never mean or vindictive he was a lesson for all of us who were privileged to work with him --this world needs more people like Peter --John Hamm

  • I worked with Peter at H H Marshall for 11 years a perfect gentlemen . May he rest in peace . Don Williams

  • Our sympathy Joan and family as Bud Pete has sailed away. As part of his crew we admired his long run, even after the spinnaker was doused and sheets hardened for the choppy water to the finish line. Bless you . - Kay & Gord Stanfield

  • One of the really fine people to give their best for the people of Nova Scotia. A sad day. Hopefully his legacy will inspire others. My sincere condolences Joan. Jim MacLean.

  • Peter was part of the neighborhood bunch of kids I grew up with. I remember wild games of cowboys and Indians, hide and seek... we had such fun! My sympathy and prayers to Joan and Margaret and Cathy, and to all of Peter's family. God bless.

  • I am lost for words. I worked alongside Peter for several years and greatly admired him for many more. A gentle man, a gentleman and a friend.

  • I would like to offer my condolences to you Joan and your family. Loyally, Dolores Mitchell

  • Sending our condolences to Joan and family. We are so sad to hear of Peters passing. He was such a kind gentle soul. A true gentleman. He will be missed. Donna & Gary Keddy

  • We would like to offer our condolences to the family on Peter's passing . Ken and Donna Streatch

  • Condolences to the Christie family.

  • Dear Joan & family, I was heartbroken to learn of Peter's passing and I wish to send my very deepest sympathies to all. I had the privledge of knowing Joan and Peter when I used to attend BUC. Peter had the DNA of a gentleman - honest, kind, hard working, dedicated, and such a wonderful role model for showing maturity, commitment and helping others. I cannot imagine what you are going through with such a great loss. Remember you gave him the best - your time and your love, for these are the greatest gifts to receive. May you memories remain as cherish keepsakes forever, and that your faith give you much comfort at this very difficult time. I am sending much love, lots of warm hugs and prayers. Please take care and God bless!

  • Our Condolences 💐 and prayers, Mrs. Joan, Scott and Mathew... From the Boylans from Ontario and Alberta...

  • To the Christie Family our deepest condolences. Had the privilege of working for Peter when Mayor of Bedford in 1990 and getting to know this truly remarkable man. He was a wonderful and genuine gentleman. The success of Bedford evolved under his guiding hand in so many ways. Joan we can only image how difficult your loss is, however, Peter has risen to a new place he will only improve. He will be missed, but never forgotten. May he Rest in Peace. God Bless to all the Christie Family. Gladys and Francis MacKenzie

  • Peter always struck me as a rarity... A politician who genuinely cared about others and his community. It's so easy to be cynical about politics, but I actually felt good after casting a vote for this fine man.

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