Peter Dockrill

Peter Lauchlan Dockrill

1945 - 2024

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Obituary of Peter Lauchlan Dockrill

79, of Halifax.  With very heavy hearts, we share the sad news that Peter passed away peacefully at Parkstone Enhanced Care on April.  9,  2024.  He fought a long and brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia with Pat by his side every step of the way.

Peter was a true entrepreneur, never settling in one place too long until he met Pat.  He was extremely intelligent and was successful at everything he tried. He had an engineering mind with a flair for marketing and finance and his businesses took him far and wide.  In 1997, soon after he met Pat, they got into real estate development, buying, building, renovating, flipping, renting, selling, until retirement in 2014 when Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. 

They started travelling to see the places that were on their bucket list … Hawaii, Jamaica, Cuba, England, Scotland, and Italy, in addition to the many trips to Vancouver to see the West Coast family.  Seeing new places, learning new things and meeting new people was something they both truly enjoyed. Peter would talk to anyone and always found a common thread.  His sense of humour, wit, and love of family will be truly missed by all who love him.  He had such empathy for people and it was well recognized by so many people.

Peter is survived by his wife, Patricia Arthur, daughters, Susan (Jason), Sarah (Keith) and Robin, all of Vancouver Island, son, Michael of Vancouver, BC, and his step-children, Lauren and Nicholas Power.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Thomas, Madeleine, Claudia, Leah, Chase and Oliver, as well, his brothers, Chris, Mark (Pauline), Perry (Suzanne) and Martin (Karin), sisters-in-law, Cynthia and Natalie. along with countless wonderful nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Reg and Jo Dockrill, sisters, April and Laura, brothers, Brian (Cindy), Mike (Natalie), and sister-in-law, Leah (Chris).  He was also predeceased by his first wife, Anne Marie. 

The family, in particular Pat, wishes to thank all the staff at Point Pleasant Way for their wonderful care of Peter during his 3 year residency. Everyone recognized Peter wherever he went in the facility and his beautiful blue eyes were mentioned often.  A special thank you to Susan, who lovingly supported her dad in his final days and also to his sister-in-law, Janet Arthur, who was and continues to be such a comfort.  

Cremation has taken place and a family memorial will be held later in the summer. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada in Peter’s memory would be much appreciated. To donate, please visit