It is with deep sadness that we share the news about the sudden and unexpected death of a truly remarkable man, Pete Duff. A loving and well-loved family man, he is mourned by his wife Ester Duff, and his three children Adrian, Julia, and James. Son of Hugh Duff (Marg) and Judy Webster-Duff. Son-in-law of Spiro and Paula Barlas. Grandson of Betty Webster. Brother of Laura Ellis (Josh), Brother-in-law of George (Marisa) Barlas, Keya Barlas (Rob Dattilo). Uncle to nieces and nephews Sasha Duff, Lexia Liriano, Ilyssa Dattilo, Evelyn and Spiro Barlas, and Tristan Hay. Predeceased by sister Candice Duff, Grandparents Bill and Aggie Duff and Walt Webster.
Many of us who love Pete are left wondering about the lost possibilities of the things he might have done had his life been longer; however, we draw strength from the mark he made on this world while he was in it. In 2003 he entered the Canadian Armed Forces and joined the Essex-Kent Scottish Regiment in Windsor, Ontario as an infantry reservist. Later on in his career, he was selected for the Close Protection unit, providing security to dignitaries both at home and overseas. In his relentless pursuit of excellence, Pete then served honourably with both the Canadian Special Operations Regiment as a Special Forces Operator, and a Special Operations Assaulter with Joint Task Force Two. In his service to his country, Pete deployed on numerous operations.
Gone too soon, he will be remembered by many for his countless accomplishments, and honourable and devoted service to Canada. Those who knew him well will warmly recall him as a man who loved to laugh, to share in the company of others, and to lend support to anyone in need.
Pete was passionate about his family, and incredibly proud of his children. He made everyone aware his family was his ultimate accomplishment in life, and everything he did was done for them. Pete was the biggest hero to his children, and they looked up to him tremendously, always looking forward to their next big adventure with their dad. Best friend to his wife Ester, they spent many years travelling together and building a life that would soon become better than one they could ever imagine.
Pete was the most loyal and caring son. He always ensured his parents were taken care of and always extended words of advice and wisdom upon them, which were well beyond his years. He often loved sharing stories of his childhood and cherished memories of his upbringing. Pete was proud of his parents and often acknowledged the challenges they faced to help form the man he had become.
Pete was loyal, funny and serious. Family life meant the whole family. There was nothing he liked better than to gather everyone together, from all walks of life. He was involved in their lives. Pete’s family and friends always knew that no matter where he was in the world he would always stay in contact. He was consistent; everyone knew the same Pete. No matter who you were, he treated everyone equally.
Family, friends and colleagues are invited to pay respects at the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, on Sunday May 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday May 29 after 11a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday May 29, in the Sacred Space of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre at 1p.m. Interment will be held at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces followed by a reception in the Borden and Fleming Suites of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre.
His life was a blessing, his memory a treasure. He is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
My deepest condolences to all that loved him!! I am so sorry. My prayers are with you all.
Ken and Evelyn Morgan-Howe
Judy Ester and family;
We are holding u all in our hearts as u deal with the loss of a loving husband father and son. Pete's spirit will alway surround you. May u find peace and know everyone is always there for u all. Much love.❤
Uncle Doug and aunt Patty
Pete will always be a hero in our family. He was the cornerstone of my brothers family. Few people in our country will ever demonstrate the courage and leadership that Pete showed us everyday of his life. He raised the bar from a family man to a true leader in everything he did. He will be missed dearly but he will never be forgotten. Uncle Doug and aunt Patty
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
He will be sadly missed
Thinking of you and sending mega amounts of Love.
Jake and Heidi MacDonald
I am aware that you know me as a Lexophile, but I haven't the words and am reeling.
You are the only person I ever met that knew as a child what you wanted to be, and took that to the ultimate tier of possibility.
Your determination, resolve, honour and sense of humour were not lost on me. You have, and continue to extricate me from many a tough bind, the kind I seem gifted to land myself in. Your words, love and conduct inspire me and fortify my Spirit every single day. I will carry you with me all mine days remaining. Thank you for every moment and conversation shared; perhaps not as frequent as we would both have wished, but each was genuine and carried heft, meaning and substance. We may have started cousins, but you are as close to Brother as I will ever have.
I will forever admire you, honour you, respect you and sure as Hell miss you. Above all Man, I love you.
Randy & Cindy Morgan DeBeck
Our sincerest sympathies & love to the entire family. May you find peace, love & strength in each others love.
I was absolutely stunned when I heard the news of Pete’s passing! His representation to his family, friends and country is to be respected and admired by all! To Hugh and Marg, Pete will be missed, but you will see him again! May God be with family and friends during this most difficult time!
I never had the chance to meet Peter personally, I just saw the love and happiness in Ester and knew she had found her one true love. My heart breaks for my friend Ester, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Peter's family, friends and his 3 precious children. Rest in Peace🙏🏼