Peter Gerard Withers

November 19, 1933 to July 25, 2018


Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Peter Gerard Withers age 84. He will be always be loved and remembered by his loving wife of 55 years Patricia (Finn); daughters Ann Marie (Charlie Bishop) and Kathy (Calvin Hare); and grandchildren Michael (Katherine); Deanna and Stephen (Alexandria).Leaving to mourn his brothers Paul and Vince (Delores) and sisters Carmel (Cyril Fleming) and Madeline (Doug Greeley). He will also be missed by special family friend Paula Kieley.  Peter leaves behind many close family and friends who will mourn his loss. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road from 2-9 p.m. on Sunday July 29th. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s R.C. Church, Newfoundland Drive. Inurnment at the Columbarium at Holy Sepulchre. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eating Disorder Foundation or NL Diabetes Association.



2-9 p.m. on July 29, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Monday July 30th

St. Paul's R.C. Church, Newfoundland Drive

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Pat, AnneMarie & Kathy.
Pat, just learned of the passing of Peter, father to Ann Marie and Kathy.
My heart felt symathies go to each one of you as well to the Withers clan.
Peter will always be remembered for the man he made himself into, government official, a consultant. and a man who was devoted to family, friends and church. He was respected by alll who knew him.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE., my friend.
Gone, but never forgotten.

Dear Mrs. Withers, Ann Marie, and Kathy,

I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Withers passing. Mr. Wither’s was one of the kindest and articulate gentlemen I have ever met. I have so many fond memories of him from Deer Park, our boat trip to Placentia Bay, and numerous one on one conversations over the years. As both a child and an adult Mr. Withers always made time for me and showed genuine interest in things that were important to me like school, work, and sports. Whether at your family home or mine I always looked forward to him pulling me aside for an update.

Today and always, may your loving memories of Mr. Withers bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

God Bless….Peter

My deepest sympathy to the Withers family on the passing of Peter.

I knew him very well from his work as a civil servant
in different positions within the NL Public Service.

He was a true gentleman at all times and his work ethic was strong and fair.

May his soul R.I.P. and the Sacred Heart of Jesus shine upon his soul.

To the Withers family,

I am very sorry for your loss and regret not being able to tell you in person.

To Pat and the Withers family.
My father John O’Dea, when he was alive, cherished his friendship with Peter and Pat. Dad always spoke very fondly of Peter.
Peter added new dimensions to the term “Gentleman” . He was indeed a special person who will be missed by all. My sincere condolences to Pat and the Withers family . Sorry I cannot express my condolences in person. I am out of town
Best Regards
Chris O’Dea

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Withers passing, I so enjoyed working with him, his dry sense of humour and his great ability to mentor and support all he worked with.

Thinking of you all at this time

Elizabeth Horwood

We very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We always enjoyed our chats with him. Our sincere sympathies to you and your family.

Pat and family
We were so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Ann Marie, Charlie and family. Our condolences on the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Doug & Gail

Deepest sympathy to Pat and family.

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Withers passing. He was such a lovely man and we hope you find peace in all your memories. With deepest condolences, the Rodgers family

Sincere condolences, Ann Marie, Kathy, and the Withers family. Take solace in your cherished memories and celebrate a life well lived. Xo

sorry to hear about peters passing
keep all the good time you have with him
my heart goes out to the family at this time
rip peter you are with god

Ann Marie
I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
My sincere condolences, Ann

Pat,Ann Marie,Kathy and family
I’m sorry for your loss.Such a lovely gentleman.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.God bless.

Pat and family:

I met Peter first when I became Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 1974.

He quickly became my Deputy Minister and was invaluable support as we reformed theDepartment.

Later he remained a adiviser, sometimes known , many times unknown, as I moved on to other Departments and eventually Premier. He advised me on most of the big issues of the day even outside his traditional expertise.

One of the unsung heroes of the Public Service . Truly an outstanding Public Servant and Newfoundlander . I shall never forget him, his loyalty and sound advice at all time.s.

To Pat and Family my sincere condolences —we have lost a great husband, father and friend.

Hon. A. Brian Peckford P.C.

Aunt Patricia, Ann Marie and Kathy – our thoughts are with you. I have very fond memories of looking up to (and I mean WAY up to another tall Withers) and enjoying Uncle Peter’s intelligence, stories, wit and greatest sense of humor. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Kisses (Joe, Deborah and Willem)

Pat and family: so sorry to hear of Peter’s death. Our families go way back and Peter was always there for Mom and Dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Mrs. Withers and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Withers passing. I learned a great deal from him during the time we worked together at the PSC and I’ll always remember his kindness and his sense of humour. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

Pat, our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Kevin & Marie Dormody

Kathy, Ann Marie, Mrs. Withers and family, words cannot express the sadness you’re feeling now. Your dad was beacon to so many and a calmness to those in need. I won’t forget his patience and kindness to me and our family all these years. Keep his smile and memories in your hearts as he was a great man.

Aunt Patricia, Ann Marie, Cathy and families
We were very sad to hear of Uncle Peter’s passing. We are sure your lifetime of wonderful memories will help you through the difficult days. Thinking of you all. Greg and Christine Finn

Aunt Pat, Ann Marie and Kathy,

My heart is with you.

Liz, Murray and Dax

It was with great sadness that my wife Brenda and I learned of Peter’s passing. Peter was my boss, when he was Chair of the Public Service Commission. However he soon became a mentor and a friend. His guidance was very much appreciated. It was his sense of humor and infectious laugh that warmed the hearts of those of us who knew him and who were blessed to have worked with him.
Brenda and I were hoping to make it home to St John’s this year for Regatta Day. We spoke of having seen Peter and Pat on their walk around the pond on the Tuesday evenings prior to the races.
I am saddened by his passing but proud to have known him. All our best to Pat and family.

Sorry pat to hear of your husbands passing stay strong and cheerishave the memories will keep you and the family in my prayers

Anne Marie and Kathy-so sorry for the loss of your dad.Cherish your beautiful memories and be so thankful for the great life he lived.Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Kathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.