Peter Charles Longstaffe, age 68, of Barrie, Ontario, passed away on April 27, 2023 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Peter was born on February 16, 1955, to parents Jean and George in Barrie.  After Peter graduated from Central Collegiate, he had a 30+ year career with Canada Post.  Many Barrie residents will remember his brilliant blue eyes, warm smile and brisk gait as he delivered the mail to various neighbourhoods while working his routes.

In 1988, he met his wife Jacqueline Arksey in their shared workplace.  Love blossomed, and a pretty garden wedding followed!

In 2018, Peter retired and spent his time on favourite activities and hobbies - woodworking, camping, biking, skiing, traveling, enjoying his backyard pool and fire pit and all the neighbourhood gatherings with the Shannon Street crew.  He is remembered especially for his incredible talent in working with wood, a legacy passed on to his son.

Peter was predeceased by his parents, and brother David.  He is survived by his wife Jackie, children Bronwen Longstaffe, Brayden Longstaffe (Maddie) sister Jane Longstaffe (Sarah), and cousins Nancy Clark and Peggy Pridham.  He is mourned by a wider circle of family John (Judy) Arksey, Mike (Anne) Arksey, Kathleen (Dennis) Terry, Jude (Danny) Stewart, and many treasured nieces and nephews.  Friends, including Fred & Anne Snelleman, Lorrie & Barry Locke, the Friday Lunch Locker Room Retirees & Staff, Jackie’s Girls’ Group, and their Shannon Street neighbours (whose thoughtful help and gestures meant Peter was able to remain in his home and enjoy his gardens and pool for much of the course of his 3 year illness) will hold his memory close.

Please drop by the Columbus Hall on Friday, May 26, 2023, from 3:00-6:00 PM for an informal gathering and sharing of memories with friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Simcoe, an organization that provided caring and compassionate end of life support to “Sweet Pete” and his family.


9 Condolences
  • Shelley and Freeman Sweazey
    Posted on: Thursday, April 27, 2023 Reply

    We were so sad to hear of Peter’s passing. We have so many fond memories of times spent with Peter when Sam and Brayden played hockey together. Our thoughts are with you💕

  • Dave Lynn
    Posted on: Thursday, April 27, 2023 Reply

    Sorry to hear about Pete’s passing, I new him through our boys playing hockey, had alot of fun with him at tournaments, I’m so sorry I didn’t stay in touch with him because he was such a nice guy, RIP Pete, and our condolences to the family.

  • Deborah and Rob Hunt
    Posted on: Friday, April 28, 2023 Reply

    Our sincere condolences to all of you on Peter’s passing. . There was always time for a quick chat when picking up the kids from Maple Grove. Cherish every memory.

  • Gerry and Roxanne McIsaac
    Posted on: Saturday, April 29, 2023 Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you.

  • Mike, Jenn, Rebs, Wade
    Posted on: Monday, May 1, 2023 Reply

    We are all bleassed and privileged to have our Fridays, burgers n beers together, friendship, laughs…scotch.
    Going to miss you dear friend.

  • Sharon Lewis
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Reply

    I am so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a very kind and gentle man. I remember him fondly from the backyard gatherings on Shannon Street.
    My heart goes out to you and your family Jackie. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  • Deb Brown
    Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2023 Reply

    So sorry to learn of Pete’s passing. Sending condolences from Bruce, Nicole and I.

  • Susan Cadeau-Tilden
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Reply

    Jackie and family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your families at this difficult time.

  • Lisa and Billy Thurlow
    Posted on: Friday, May 19, 2023 Reply

    Just heard this incredibly sad news, Our deepest condolences to you Jackie and family. I can’t help but think of all our days at the post office, as well as Billy and I just knowing Peter from growing up in Barrie. Peter was a such a likeable guy.. we are just so sad to hear of his passing.

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