Swann, Peter Anthony: Passed away unexpectedly at his home in Aurora on September 12, 2023, in his 59th year. Beloved brother of Antonia (Smudge) Swann (David Clipperton) of Toronto. Predeceased by his loving parents Anthony and Ann (Nee Hagopian). Pete was an accomplished music producer, mixing engineer, multi-instrumentalist (including guitar shredder extraordinaire), composer, lyricist, teacher, writer, arranger, video creator, comedian, animator, philosopher and political activist. He was a one-of-a-kind human who lived and breathed what he loved like no one else: music. He was fiercely independent, intellectual, warm and extremely modest. He was the best brother a sister could ask for.

A Memorial Service in memory of Pete will be held on Friday October 13th, 2023 at 11:00am at the Aurora Legion Branch 385, (105 Industrial Pkwy N, Aurora, ON) reception and inurnment to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition York (2-15236 Yonge Street, Aurora) and condolences may be forwarded through www.peacefultransition.ca

Flowers may be received at Peaceful Transition York and all donations made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. www.heartandstroke.ca



19 Condolences
  • Steve Jackson
    Posted on: Monday, September 18, 2023 Reply

    We’re missing you, Pete. You helped me get the music out of my head and into the studio to record. You helped me find my voice after major surgery.

    I wish we could have written and recorded many more together.

    Save me a seat at that big gig in the sky. Rest in peace brother.

  • Wilma Aranha
    Posted on: Monday, September 18, 2023 Reply

    Dearest Smudgie, I am very very sorry for your loss and please know that I am available any time you need me. Take care of yourself and remember all the good times you spent with Pete. With lots of love and hugs and heartfelt sympathies. Your dear friend, Wilma

  • Rik Hawkins
    Posted on: Monday, September 18, 2023 Reply

    I’ll always cherish the conversations we shared when we carpooled to Humber College together. It really made college fun.

  • Wendell Ferguson
    Posted on: Monday, September 18, 2023 Reply

    Peter, you were an amazing guitarist, with a wealth of knowledge and scary chops. And you always brought a smile to my face. I really enjoyed my gigs with you. See you again someday. Rest in peace brother.

  • Dan and Brenda Greene
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Reply

    « Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal. Love leaves us memories no one can steal. »

    Dear Smudge, Brenda and I are sorry for your loss. Pete was an original and I have countless fond memories of my time with him. He was an incredible musician in every sense and a great collaborator, but he was also a kind hearted, humble and genuinely good human. I miss him dearly but his presence lives on in all of us.

  • Tracy Taylor
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Reply

    Smudgie- my deepest sympathy on losing Peter. Your close relationship and talent were and still are so inspirational. Wishing you and David peace as you go forward with this tragic loss.

  • Rachael Hurton and family
    Posted on: Thursday, September 21, 2023 Reply

    Sending all our love. We are deeply sorry for the tragic loss of Pete. I always hoped as cousins we would meet again and share Musical adventures with Smudgie. Always grateful for the musical composition Pete made for my MA. Clearly Pete was one of a kind and much loved as Smudgie has shared, who will be in our hearts always. Love Rachael, Tim, Molly and Edward xxx

  • Claire Westwood (Swann) and family
    Posted on: Friday, September 22, 2023 Reply

    Thinking of you all and remembering Pete as my cousin that I met when I was little at our grandmas house. Being overseas all our adult lives meant I never got to know you all. But being an artist I know our mutual creativity would have been amazing.
    You are now with your mum and dad and also my dad, your uncle.
    Love always from the Uk. Xx

  • Sandy Wynia Katz
    Posted on: Saturday, September 23, 2023 Reply

    Dear Smudge
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your most beloved brother Pete. May you find comfort in your many memories and strength and peace as you walk through this world without him. May you feel him around and with you. ❤️


  • Denise Giesbrecht
    Posted on: Saturday, September 30, 2023 Reply

    Smudge and David,
    Sending my heartfelt sympathy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Spoke with Pete in December-January…what a beautiful soul!!

  • Dave Gill
    Posted on: Saturday, September 30, 2023 Reply

    Pete…keep rockin bro

  • Doug Crozier
    Posted on: Sunday, October 1, 2023 Reply

    So saddened to hear of your loss, Smudge.
    My heart is with you 💕

  • Rik Hawkins
    Posted on: Sunday, October 1, 2023 Reply

    Loved carpooling with you to Humber College and all the endless discussions we had about music on the while we drove. Rest peacefully my friend ❤️

  • Nick Traganitis
    Posted on: Monday, October 2, 2023 Reply

    Sad to hear that Pete has passed. God bless.
    Pete was a very talented musician and a great person.

  • Stephen Tary and Family
    Posted on: Monday, October 9, 2023 Reply

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Pete; we love and wish you peace. May you be rejoined with your mom Anahid. I am so grateful to have had you in our lives and to have known you and your family. May comfort and our sincere condolences be with Smudgie.
    We love you all,
    Stephen, Julia, Amelia, and Rebecca Tary

  • Brian Larter
    Posted on: Thursday, October 12, 2023 Reply

    Pete was the best. We hired him as our sound technician in our studio at Larter Advertising at the four corners of Aurora. Did I say he was the best? YES! We will miss him. Rest in peace Pete. Brian Larter

  • Stephen Adrian Lawrance
    Posted on: Saturday, October 14, 2023 Reply

    So sorry to hear about my friend Pete.
    You were so good at what you did. I wish I could have worked with you more.❤️

  • Rick Lazaroff
    Posted on: Saturday, November 25, 2023 Reply

    So sorry for your loss, Smudge. I’m so saddened by Pete’s passing. I’m usually pretty balanced when a relative or friend passes away but I’m truly overcome this time. Pete was one of a kind. His talent had no bounds yet he was modest. Unpretentious and chill. Truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. Now that he’s gone I wish I had spent more time with him. I wish I had worked on more projects with him. I wish I could be sitting with him now. I wish.
    Take care Smudge.

  • Mark
    Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2024 Reply

    So devestating. I remember you from the Danny Osborne Show and you were always super friendly. You will be missed

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