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63 Mimico Avenue
Toronto, ON M8V 1R2
Phone: 416-251-7531
Fax: 416-251-5236
Peter Fust

Peter Joseph Fust

Sunday, July 12th, 1942 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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“An Angel whispered, take my hand and come with me, your work here is done.” (unknown)

Our beloved Peter J. Fust passed away on June 28th, 2020 at the age of 77. He would have celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

Although he bravely fought terminal cancer for over 6 years with a continued zest for living, he died of viral pneumonia caused by COVID-19. His family was most important to him. He is survived by his wife Heather, son Attila, daughter Jennifer, grandchildren Sophia and Max, brother Erno, niece and nephew and great nieces.

Peter J. Fust was born in Budapest, Hungary, on July 12, 1942. In 1956, at the age of 14, he escaped the communist take-over of Hungary with his Aunt Elizabeth. He started a family with his wife Heather in New York City and then reunited with his brother Erno, sister-in-law Csilla, his niece Sheila and nephew Peter, in Canada in 1973. A book with many chapters could be written about Peter’s life journeys. He was a big man (6’2”), very handsome, he had a great sense of humour and a big heart. He was a successful salesman and cartographer and an adventurer. Throughout his life he enjoyed sailing his “XTC” boats on Lake Ontario as a long-time member of the National Yacht Club in Toronto. His other adventures included skiing mountains around North America, cycling, motorcycling with “the boys”, designing sailboats, building model trains, attending the symphony, dancing, and driving with the top down.

Our hearts are heavy, but we know that he is watching over us. Whenever we hear a chickadee call, we will know it is him. This is not good-bye, only “szia”.

Please follow the YouTube link provided to view a Tribute video for Peter J. Fust, produced by his family. This presentation is an extended version of a Father’s Day Tribute that Peter did see before he passed. His family is very grateful that they can share it with you. https://youtu.be/jTD-hEa4Hm4

Additionally, please follow the YouTube link provided to view a Tribute video for Peter J. Fust, produced by his brother, Erno W. Fust". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-hi13xDLhk

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  • Service

    Saturday July 11, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday July 11, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Sanctuary Park Cemetery
    Address
    1567 Royal York Road
    TORONTO, ON
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    Notes
    A private family service and interment will be held
  • Interment

    Location
    Sanctuary Park Cemetery
    Address
    1567 Royal York Road

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Christina Kudryk

Posted at 03:50pm
Our sincere condolences to the whole family and especially to Jennifer. I never met your father, but I know that you cared for him deeply. May memories of your good times together replace some of the sadness at his departure.
MK

Maya Kudryk

Posted at 11:57am
Our loved ones live on in our cherished memories.

My heartfelt condolences to you Mrs. Fust, Jennifer, Attie, and family.

Maya
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Lara Traska

Posted at 10:34am
Hod Vod Mr. Fust!! You will be missed, but also long remembered! I can still hear your laugh as you sent Jennifer and I to scrape barnacles off the boat (you were half kidding!), recall how you teased us as we recounted our teenage dramas, commiserated with me over our mutual love of European cars, and recounted your youthful adventures to Roman. You were certainly one of kind!! Rest in peace Mr Fust, and deepest condolences you Mrs. Fust, to Jennifer, Attie, and family. xoxo Lara

Chris Polska

Posted at 10:00am
Rest In Peace uncle peter 😞

You can tell a lot about another man by the grip of a handshake and their demeanor, so well spoken, so respected and always having extensive knowledge about history and pretty much everything.

Going to miss your stories and funny jokes especially during Christmas dinners.

Hope to see you again in heaven one day

Love Chris, Falicia, Skyla and Xavier
 

Chris Polska Posted at 10:03am

It kept saying there was an error and to try again and now it posted multiple times. Sorry about that.

Brittany Fust Stoneman

Posted at 09:36am
To my Uncle Peter, well technically Great Uncle Peter, my Grandpa’s brother and best friend, I’m devastated with the way in which you had to go.

Like Jen said, you were given 3-5 years with your cancer and you were in your 7th year this year and I’ve never known you to complain about it once. In fact, growing up you always, always used to tell me to smile more.

I was quite often the miserable, moody, angry teen for my own reasons but you always told me to smile, every single time we were together. I can tell you it drove me absolutely crazy growing up that same comment “smile” but as I got older and started rolling my eyes less, I guess maybe matured a bit, you began to remind me why I should smile. I started to listen to you more when you told me why I should be smiling.

You would remind me of the amazing family we have. My amazing grandparents, my amazing mum, amazing sister, cousin who is like another sister and the whole Fust family that I am so lucky to be a part of. You knew life had dealt us girls some tough cards to deal with growing up but you just wanted me to realize why I should be smiling. You reminded me of all the love from our family that still always surrounded me no matter what. The family that I have always had and will have there and all of our unbreakable bonds. As every year went on and as I got older, you always pointed it all out to me, everything that could make us smile and laugh. I’m so glad that you always did.

You and my grandpa had it even worse growing up and I never once heard you talk negatively about anything in your life. You told your surreal stories alongside my grandpa and I have always sat there mesmerized with your incredible history of escaping communist Hungary to go to America and then eventually Canada. It’s a crazy thought to think, if it wasn’t for you escaping and encouraging my grandpa to do so as well - who knows if we’d all be where we are today.

Your life, it was always shown and talked about in a positive way, to me at least, and I fully understood why you were always trying to encourage me to smile.

Right now it’s hard to smile. When my mum called me to tell me what was happening, I was completely devastated. To know you had gotten through so many years of cancer to then have it complicated and be affected by Covid-19, I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem fair. And when I found out you had passed on Saturday and I was upset, my first memory of you instantly was your great big smile.

When I got off the phone with my mum, I think instinctively I could hear you say to me to smile and that’d we’d meet again one day. The first thing my grandpa said when I spoke to him was that we have so many good memories that we can remember and he said the same thing to me, we will meet Uncle Peter again one day.

It’s going to be tough for us all. My heart breaks for everyone in my family especially my Grandpa, Auntie Heather, Atti, Jen, Sophia and Max - I know just how much you loved them all, well everyone in your family. I wish I could be there for them all right now.

Memories are what we are left with and all I can think about is Easter and Christmas. They’re my favourite times of year and I’m sad that they won’t be the same now.

We always spent Boxing Day at yours and Auntie Heather’s. I’ll always remember your trains under the Christmas tree - even as an adult it was a highlight of every Christmas to see everyone’s joy over your train under the tree. Or our Easter’s all together and the walking stick of quacking ducks. All the stories you and my grandpa had to tell. And you always had one rule: no phones. Again it drove me crazy but now I completely understand why you didn’t want us to have our phones out. You valued the time you spent with your family so much. I’ll always cherish this because without me knowing it, you were teaching me important ways of life. Even though I could sometimes be difficult over a stupid phone, I am so glad that you had that rule so that I could be even more invested in the time I spent with you and everyone in the Fust family .

I’ll remember all times spent in the summer, I remember your boat as a kid or thanksgiving picnics, there are just so many fond memories I have with you and all of our family.

Every single memory I have, it starts with you being there with a great big smile and one of your massive bear hugs. Your infectious, great, hearty laugh. Or debating around the table, more so with Falicia but to be fair, it’s what our family loves to do, talk about the tricky world stuff. But you always asked me how I was, how the UK is, how teaching is going. Every single time I was home to visit, you wanted to find out more about how my life was going and it’s no wonder your my grandpa’s brother because you both just care so much.

I am going to miss you making fun of the Leafs all the time and calling them the laughs while trying to convince me the Habs are a better team. I can just imagine the leafs winning the cup this year and you saying something along the lines of nope! It wasn’t a proper season to win it!

I’m definitely going to miss every time I come back home to Canada to visit and you saying “you spend more time here than England - I just saw you yesterday!” When every time it’s about 4 months in between my visits. But that’s because the love in this family is like no other.

I am going to miss you so much Uncle Peter. It’s all going to be a lot different now but I know you’ll be there with us in spirit especially at Christmas and Easter and any other family gathering.

Thank you Uncle Peter for always reminding me to smile. I’ll think of your great big smile and hearty laugh and I’ll make sure to remind myself of this when I catch myself not smiling.

I love you and I’ll see you again one day.
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