Peter Brodie, former resident of Amherst, Nova Scotia, passed away in Port Charlotte, Florida, Monday, October 21, 2013, at the age of 96.
He was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, the son of Clarence and Bella (Johnson) Brodie. Peter was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Eva (Reid) Brodie, El Jobean, Florida; his sons, Peter Jr., (Pennee), Newmarket, Ont.,and Timothy (Adrienne), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, along with nine grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Peter was predeceased by one son, Larry Brodie (Mary) of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and brothers, Hallie, Clair and sisters; Leona, Alice, Clara and Audrey.
In his youth Peter played baseball with the St. Pats baseball team in Amherst, the year they won the Maritime Championship. He also enjoyed hockey, curling and music. Peter enlisted in the army in 1940 and was one of the original members on the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. His regiment took part in the D-Day invasion of France on June 6th, 1944, landing on Juno Beach and was wounded in action on June 9th. Along with returning to service he took part in the liberation of the Netherlands. He was promoted to Sergeant in charge of the Bren Gun Carriers.
Returning home in 1945, he returned to the Army Reserves and became Regimental Sergeant Major of the Nova Scotia Highland Militia, originally titled the 1st Battalion from 1949-1951.
He was employed in supervision at Enamel & Heating in Amherst, N.S., until Peter and Eva moved to New Jersey where he obtained a position at Codman & Shurleff (Johnson & Johnson) in development and production of surgical instruments. He retired in 1982.
Peter's passions in life were Eva, who was the love of his life, their family and the cherished time spent together at their cottage at Woods Beach, Baie Verte, N. B.
When asked what he was most proud of ,Peter responded, "I am most proud of my Family, my Church and the North Nova Scotia Highlanders."
Cremation has taken place in Florida and a Memorial Service will be held in Amherst at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Immanuel United Church, Amherst, N.S., or to the organization of your choice.