Peter Large

Peter G.S. Large

1935 - 2023

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Obituary of Peter G.S. Large

LARGE, Peter Geoffrey Scott P.Eng., SCA, OSA

March 19, 1935— April 7, 2023


Beloved husband for 32 years of Margaret Crawford Maloney, died peacefully in Kingston after a short illness. Peter was a kind, good man, patient, generous, humorous, an excellent communicator and an empathetic listener. He was a joy to live with.


Born in Toronto to Wallace John Bulmer Large and Jeanette Silberman, Peter was predeceased by brother Donald Ross Large (Marie Therèse). 


Peter was a graduate of the Universities of Guelph and Toronto. His career was primarily with Shell Canada and then Professional Engineers Ontario, retiring as CEO. Peter was also an award-winning artist, working in oil, watercolour, and coloured pencil. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Society of Canadian Artists (which he had served as President). He was a professional member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto for over 40 years and President in their Centennial Year. Peters’ artwork is held in many private and corporate collections in Canada and abroad, including the Government of Ontario Archival Collection, the Shell Corporate Collection and the Museum of Lennox and Addington. He acted widely as curator, juror, and writer for many exhibitions. For over 20 years he maintained a studio on Amherst Island. With his wife Margaret he travelled extensively sketching and later producing detailed drawings. Peter’s enthusiasm for the arts extended to theatre and music and over the years he volunteered on many boards.

Loving father of Doug (Mary), Rob (Leslie), Ian (Stacey), he is also survived by their mother Mary-Jane Horsefall, and grandchildren Tim and Jennifer and their mother Faith Hughes. 

Cherished stepfather of Sarah (Ray), Brian, Mark (Isabelle), and Kevin (Alison). Adored by grandchildren Mollie, Kathryn and Maggie Cronin, Connor and Fiona Prior and their mother Anna, Perrine, Keiran and Arden Maloney. 

Also mourned by nephews Ken, James and Tom Large.

The family is grateful for Peter’s excellent care at the Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care Hospital, and for the tremendous outpouring of concern and support from friends.

A celebration of life will take place at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., REAR ENTRANCE, on Friday, May 5, 2023 between 2:00pm-4:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations could be sent to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada 551 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 0N8 or the charity of your choice.