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Peter Cleary October 4, 1944 - November 9, 2021

Passed peacefully away at the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Peter Cleary of Clarenville, formerly of Come by Chance, age 77 years.  Predeceased by his parents Paul and Agnes Cleary, sister Kathleen, son Adrian John (A.J.). Left with fond and loving memories his wife Joan of 48 years; children: Paula (Michael), Matt (Donna), daughter in law Laura; grandchildren: Jacob, Emily, Adrienne, Olivia; sisters Margaret Ann (Gerry), Pauline (late Randy), and brother Michael (Carole); special lifelong friends John and Simone Joanisse and a large circle of family and friends.

Born in Montreal, Peter moved to Newfoundland in 1971, where he practiced medicine in the Come By Chance, Arnold’s Cove and Clarenville area for more than 40 years.  Peter embraced Newfoundland as his home and many who met him never knew he wasn’t a Newfoundlander.  When he wasn’t cross country skiing or hiking he could be found in the woods either looking for new trails or with his chainsaw cutting new ones.  His passion for the outdoors was both infectious and annoying, as he shared it with everyone whether they wanted to hear it or not.

There will be no visitations, cremation to take place. A memorial service will take place at a later date with interment at the Come by Chance Cemetery.  Due to the large number of family and friends the memorial service will be by invitation only.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Clarenville Nordic Ski Club – Junior Development Program.


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    Debbie Williams says

    Always a gentleman. Condolences to the family.

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      Faye Andrews says

      So sorry to hear. I didn’t know him personally but heard so much about him thru Corwin. Well liked gentleman and avid skier. RIP.

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      Sean & Cathy Penney says

      Joan and family, so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Donna Burry says

    Joan and family, so sorry to hear of Peters passing. I’ll always remember him and his bag of homemade muffins in his lunch, when he came for his shifts in emergency. My condolences to you and your family.

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    Cynthia Slade says

    My deepest condolences to the Cleary family.

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      Joy Beck. says

      To Joan and Family , we are so sorry to read about Dr. Cleary passing . Thinking of you all
      Joy and Scott

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    Marilyn Granter (Harris) says

    I worked with Dr. Cleary at the Dr. GB Cross Memorial Emergency department for many years. He had a dry sense of humour that we all loved. Was compassionate and kind to every patient who graced our doors. His contributions to our town, patients, clients and friends will never be forgotten. It was an honour to work with you. RIP my dear friend. Condolences to Joan, kids and extended family and friends.

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    Marie Upshall says

    Our sincere condolences to Joan Cleary and family. Dr Pete Cleary was very special to us. We will never forget him. Hold close the memories, hugs to you all. 🙏❤️
    Edna, Bill and Marie Upshall
    Chance Cove

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    Carol Williams says

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Clears passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family

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    Marguerite says

    Sending our deepest condolences to Joan and all the family. Leroy & Marguerite Smith

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    Thelma Williams says

    Our family doctor for many years. So sorry too hear of his passing, condolences too Joan and family.

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    Calvin & Melvie says

    So very sorry to hear that Peter passed away.Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

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      Sharon Horan says

      Joan, Paula and Matt, I was saddened to hear of Dr Cleary”s passing. Over the years I ran into him many times and he was always so pleasant. I was grateful for his support of my practice, he sent me many patients over the years. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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    Liam O'Brien says

    Pete Cleary was a brilliant, wise, and exceptional gentleman. We got to know Pete when we were kids through both our visits to see Uncle Bill and Aunt Regina Bailey but also their skiing adventures on and around the Buchans Plateau. I cannot overstate my respect for Pete and I’ve often thought he set an example for how we all should approach life. All this feels and falls flat in a way against the loss, grief and heartbreak. But it’s still important to say; just as it’s important to be grateful for great people in your life and to show support for their family and close friends when they face this. To Joan and the entire family – We’re grateful. We’ll never forget him. We’re praying and we’re thinking about you. You have our heartfelt hugs and condolences.

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    Vicky Pond says

    So sorry to here if your loss. My sincere condolences

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    jan barriault says

    omg, so shocked to hear this news,, have so many great memories of times we worked or partied together. great guy and awesome physician, condolences to Joan and all his family

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    Clyde & Rowena Hapgood says

    We are very sorry to hear of Dr. Clearly “s passing… Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family Hugs to everyone.

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    Mary Dwyer says

    Dear Joan and family; our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, brother and friend. May he RIP.

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    Carol(Wells) Peyton says

    Joan and family: So sorry to hear about your loved one’s passing. As you go through these difficult days, may your many precious memories as well as the love and support of family and friends be a source of strength and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs .

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    Stella combden says

    Joan, Paula & Matthew & Families,
    We are saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Stella, Don & Brent

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    Tish & Frank Trowbridge says

    Joan we are so sorry to hear of Dr.Cleary’s passing, we remember him well as he spent much time working at the clinic here in Arnold’s Cove. He sure loved the great outdoors and liked to say how good it was for our physical and mental health. Sincere condolences to you & your family. God Bless 🙏

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    Margaret McCoil says

    Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    Daphne Smith says

    To Joan, Paula & Matt & extended family & friends.
    Condolences to all.
    Peter certainly has lift his mark on the outdoors of CbyC & C’ville.
    Thinkin of you all.

    Daphne & Bill

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    Doreen & Jim Stryde says

    Joan, Paula, Matthew and families,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of times spent with Peter. He lived his life to the fullest and was always there to lend a hand. He will be missed .

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    Hayward Smith says

    I really liked Dr. Cleary and send condolences to Joan and Family. We shared a funny story that cannot be told here. He encouraged and promoted outdoor activity and I once remarked that the weather wasn`t fit to go outdoors to get a walk and quickly he remarked ” you never heard of a raincoat!!”

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    Garry & Pauline Guy says

    Joan & family,
    So sorry for the lost of your precious loved one,
    Our family has many fond memories of Peter as he was our family Dr for many years. Many Thoughts & Prayers!

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    John & Brenda Ginn (Halifax) says

    So very sad to hear the news of Peter’s passing. I recall working with him in the ER at Clarenville in the early 1990’s. I always enjoyed listening to his experiences and obtaining his advice in primary care. Such a nice guy and entertaining. Brenda and I send our condolences to Joan and family.

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    Brian Norman says

    Dr. Cleary introduced me to cross country skiing through the jack rabbit program he ran on the trails in Come by Chance he cut for skiing. His love of skiing was infectious and it resulted in my love of cross country skiing which I have passed on to my family.

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    Sandra & Roy Fisher says

    Sincere condolences to Joan and all the family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.. .

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    Jean Ryan says

    Forever grateful to have known him,condolences to his family.

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    Sherry and Wayne Kelly says

    Sorry to hear of Peter passing our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Una King Johnson says

    Joan and family,
    So sorry to hear of Peter passing. Sincere condolences.

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    Lloyd Button says

    Heartfelt condolences Joan from Shirley and I. Lloyd

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    Judith O’Gay Malvern says

    Joan and family. Sending my condolences to you on the lost of Peter. He was such a kind soul and such a wonderful friend to Dad on and off the trails over so many years. I have great memories of so many ski trips with you and Peter. Now he can join his ski buddies on the trails in heaven. 🙏. Judith O’Gay Malvern

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    Dot spurrell says

    Our condolence to Joan and his family he was always a very pleasant man

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    Debbie Stacey says

    RIP Dr Cleary, you were a great physician always there for your patients. Thinking of all the family, hugs to all.

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    Lisa Rice says

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I have not seen Dr. Cleary in many years, but as to many, he was my childhood doctor. He was to the point and told it like it was. I am saddened by his passing and offer my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

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    Charles McVicker says

    Most sincere condolences to you and the family. I will never forget my early years at G.B Cross and the practical wisdom bestowed by Pete.

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    Karen MacPhee says

    My sincere condolences to the family.

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    Anita Best says

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Cleary’s passing. He will surely be missed. Condolences to all the family.

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    Lorraine Drover says

    He was my Grandmother’s Dr forever till she died. She loved him. Thought there was nobody like him. Condolence’s to all the family.

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    Sharon Hickey zmelindy says

    So to hear of of Dr Cleary’s passing.Sending condolences .

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    Margaret Anne (Cleary) McNabb, says

    So sad to know that Peter, my big brother, has passed.. Condolences from the McNabb side of the Cleary family. He loved Newfoundland and it’s people. R.I.P. Peter.

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    pansy noseworthy says

    sorry for your loss he was a good man he will be missed

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    Brennan says

    Joan, Cleary Family and Brothers Family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. May the many memories of Peter, bring comfort during this hard time in your lives. Hugs Anne/Dave Brennan.

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    Glenn F Ploughman says

    Another skilled Dr, outdoorsman and wonderful guitarist gone from our area. Pete will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Joan and family.

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    Paula Whelan says

    He was truly a nice person and a great doctor. Always stopped to chat with me. He was my doctor for many years. Sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

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    Jeanette Hillyard says

    Thinking of all the family.. sending my condolences

    Jeanette Hillyard (Strowbridge)

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    Leona Piercey says

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Cleary’s passing. Condolences to the family.

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    Harry Hiscock says

    So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, condolences to the his family.

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    Joy pinsent says

    My sincere sympathy Joan and family. Thinking of you.

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    Caroline Frost says

    It was an honour to be in Pete’s company on the Nordic trails. HIs passion was infectious. My condolences to Joan and family

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    Loretta Paul says

    My condolences to his family and friends. I always enjoyed chatting with him.

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    Tom & Doreen Ryan says

    We are very Sorry for your Loss. Condolences to the Family.

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    Lois Burton says

    Joan and family
    Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
    While we didn’t know Peter well, we knew him well enough to know he threw himself into everything he did, giving 100% plus.
    Our thoughts and prayers are
    with you.
    Rex and Lois

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    Andrew May says

    Joan I am so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We are thinking and you and your family at this time. I have memories of you and Peter together going back to my teens on the ski trails. The most poignant is Dad’s marathon , when he had fibrillation on the trail, and knew Peter was right behind him as he skied back to finish. Much love from Corner Brook.

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    Bryan Durant says

    My condolences to Joann and family. Many fond memories skiing with this guy. Just one fantastic guy!

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    Joyce Rodway says

    My condolences to you Joan and your family. Sorry to hear about Peter’s passing.

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    Howard and Judy Kelly says

    Our condolences to Joan ,Paula and Matthew. So saddened by your loss.

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    Walter and Lynn Quinlan says

    We are so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times when I was bartender/ski instructor at the White Hills Resort and a couple more times at his clinic. Every time was indeed a pleasure.
    You are in our thoughts and hearts at this sad time.

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    Bob and Mary Watts says

    At this time in your grief, we would like to pass along our heartfelt condolences to family.

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    Carl LeDrew says

    So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I have many memories of touring the trails with Peter when I lived in Clarenville.

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    June Cole (Deir) says

    Joan and family, so sorry to read of Peter’s passing. Remembering the good times when we worked together at Come By Chance cottage hospital.

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    Theresa Critch says

    Joan , so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. My condolences to you and all your family.

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    Jim & Michelle says

    Deepest sympathies to the Cleary family. Jm & Michelle Hughes

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      Florence Lynch says

      Sorry to hear of Dr. Cleary’s passing. I do have wonderful memories of him while I worked at Come By Chance Hospital. Joan my condolences to you and your family.

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    Donna Ballard and John Barron says

    Joan, so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. So happy to have met him and you. We couldn’t believe it when we bumped into you last year in Norris Point as you were about to climb Gros Morne. We thought our bike ride was commendable. Talk about embracing life! Condolences to you, Paula, and Matt.

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    Judith May says

    My heart goes out to Joan and the family. He is mourned and will be missed by the whole CCNL ski community. He was a fixture in the ski scene forever.

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    Madonna McCarthy says

    To the Cleary Family. So sorry to hear. I will always remember how awesome he was when I had my 3rd child at Come by Chance Cottage Hospital. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you all! 😥🙏

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    Gail &Frank Penney says

    Sincere condolences Joan and family. Pete lived his life to the fullest and had a positive effect in both his professional and personal interactions. He will surely be missed by many and has left a wonderful legacy.

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    Carol Burke says

    Joan, we were very sad to hear that Peter had passed away. We are thinking of you and your family today, and we send you our deep condolences.

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    Bill & Marie Gregory says

    Matt and Donna. We are thinking of you and your family. Our deepest condolences.

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    Betty Greene Tobin says

    Jim, Pat, Joan and family and extended Brothers family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Cleary.

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      Tony and Maureen Healey says

      To the Cleary Family,
      Sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
      May he Rest In Peace.
      Tony and Maureen Healey

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    Trevor Earle says

    During my time as a pharmaceutical rep, I got to know Dr Cleary. I always enjoyed stopping in to see him; yes we did get around to talking about skiing, hiking , and snowshoeing. He was a real gentleman and a pleasure to spend time with . My condolences to his friends and family.

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    Maver Kennedy says

    Joan and Family,
    I’m very saddened to here of Pete’s passing. I remember working with him at GB Cross. He was a great physician and always had a story to share. My condolences to you all.

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    Dianne and Freeman Bolt says

    So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Joan and family.

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    Terry & Cathy Bouzane says

    Joan and family. So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing
    Always enjoyed seeing him and having a chat during the softball tournament each summer. Thoughts are with you

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    JANE Laite says

    Joan and family … Pete will be missed by all that knew him! I worked for many years along side of him at GB Cross ER, and watched him over and over work his magic with trauma patients ! He would show up for work with his dry sense of humour and a lunch bag full of homemade goodies and as long as you didn’t mess with his muffins or drink his Mountain Dew ……a good shift was had by all! RIP my friend !

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    Andrew Whiffen says

    Very sorry to hear of Dr. Cleary’s passing.

    My condolences to the family.

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    Mark and Linda Dykeman says

    Joan, our thoughts are with you and the family during this difficult time. We have great memories of Peter at Woody Island playing the guitar and having a time.

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    Rod and Joan Nicholl says

    Joan and family, please accept our sincere condolences. Our houghts and prayers are with you! Pete has left a significant mark on our community.. Rest in peace!

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    Terry Hart says

    Dr. Peter Cleary was a magnificent Doctor and person. He was caring, helpful and loved people, especially his family. Peter marched to his own drum but was always there for others. He had a zest for life that would be hard to match and he did that every day. Sincere condolences to Joan and family. Take comfort in that he did it his way and you were always top of list. Gotta love that. Rest In Peace Peter. You’ve earned it. Terry Hart.

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    Arthur, Jessie Deir and family says

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Cleary’s passing. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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    Pauline Spurrell says

    To Joan and family, deepest condolences from Florence Spurrell and the Spurrell family.

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    Barbara Taylor says

    Joan, I am so sorry to hear of Peter’S death. My sympathy to you and the family. I don’t think I ever skied on the Clarenville trails without running into to him . So many memories of Syenite and Marathons with all of you.

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    Ross and Donna Martin says

    Joan, we’re sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family.

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    Lorna Brown says

    Sincere condolences to you Joan and to your family.

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    Dale Stagg says

    Sincere condolences to Joan and family.So enjoyed working with Dr. Cleary at Walwyn Cottage Hospital in Come By Chance and l have many fond memories!
    Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time.

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    Marg Stuckless says

    Joan – I was so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. Thinking of you and your family in this most difficult time.

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    Margie Hand says

    My deepest condolences to you and your children on the passing of Peter. Although I only met him on several occasions, usually at our renunions, he struck me as a kind and personable man, who truly became part of the fabric in the Clarenville area.
    I know you will miss him dearly
    Your Classmate
    Margie Hand

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    David Brentnall says

    Joan and family, so sorry to hear about Pete’s passing. Always remember his little chuckles whenever he was telling a story. He was a great doctor and a terrific colleague.
    Dave and Bonnie Brentnall

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    Julia Walsh says

    Joan, Paula, Matt & family, our heartfelt condolences to you all. We have many great memories of Dr. Cleary. He was a remarkable family Dr. to many including our children from birth to when he retired. So many of his patients would say to me , ” I certainly miss Dr. Cleary ” . He truly was a wonderful person. He was an exceptional Boss. ‘ The Best’
    Rest in Peace Dr. Cleary
    Julia & Brian Walsh

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    Helen Joe says

    Joan, I am so sad for you and yours that Peter has passed. I think of you often. Love Helen.

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    Roger Fitzgerald says

    Joan and family. Deepest sympathy. Roger Fitzgerald

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    Silvia and Vincent Rice says

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Joan and family.

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    Graham Oliver says

    Joan, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences on Peter’s passing. I fondly remember meeting you folks in Lab. City back in the early 80’s and crossing paths at cross country ski events. Peter had an amazing passion for cross country skiing and he was always ready to share that passion.

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    Jane & Jerry Stacey says

    Joan and Family, Sincere condolences on Pete’s passing🙏🏻
    We have great memories of Pete’s enthusiasm and encouragement on the cross country ski trails and of course when he worked shifts in ER. Thinking of you.

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