Peter Bruno Zingeler passed away peacefully on February 18th, 2021 in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 88. Peter was born on November 16th, 1932 in Hamburg, Germany to Josef Zingeler and Christl Hildegard (Lehmann) Zingeler. Peter apprenticed as an Oil Merchant in Germany and then decided to immigrate to Canada in 1955. He had a number of initial jobs in Alberta and spent most of his employment years with Union Oil in Calgary, Alberta in the Geophysics Department. Peter was well known in the Calgary Chess community, was instrumental in starting the Black Knight Chess Club and was recently recognized as a key member of the club. Peter moved to Vancouver Island in 1980 to retire, but soon tired of that. He then worked as an Administrator at the University of Victoria in Bamfield. He then decided to go back to school at Camosun College to become a Hotel and Restaurant Administrator. Eventually, Peter bought and ran Peg’s Deli and enjoyed dealing with customers and catering events. In addition to being an avid chess player, art lover, stamp collector and German language instructor, Peter also loved volunteering with senior groups in the Victoria area. He loved taking long walks with his friends and his beloved dog Moose.
Peter is mourned by his sons Allan Zingeler (Diane) and Michael Zingeler (Joan) and his daughter Jennifer Hamilton (Dan), four grandchildren Jeffery, Stephanie, Kristine McIntyre (Stephen), Jeremy, and his great-grandsons, Cassin and Lee. Peter is also fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Ursula (Ulrich); his niece and nephews, Angelina, Kai and Urs and cousins Bernhard Schmitz (Dorit) and Burkhard Schmitz (Wera). Peter will be sadly missed by his friend and companion Donna.
Peter was predeceased by his father and mother and by his brother Ulrich. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial will be held when family members are able to travel. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their kind support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silver Threads in Victoria https://silverthreads.ca/ or KCTS9 https://www.kcts9.org/donate – Peter’s favourite Public Broadcasting Station. Condolences may be offered to the family below.