We are very sad to announce that Peter Dunstan, brother to Robert and Edward (Ted), died on 27th July 2016 aged 75. Peter attended Friends' from 1951-57.
Below are some words from his brother Robert:
My brother Peter Dunstan died last week on Wednesday 27 July aged 75. Although he had become a little frail over the last year or so, his death was unexpected and a shock to me and to other family members living in Australia and in Canada.
Before his retirement in 2006, Pete had practised as a dental surgeon briefly in England after qualifying at Guys Hospital London, and subsequently in Australia after emigrating to join us in 1968. The last years of his working life were spent as a staff member at Sydney Dental Hospital where he is still remembered with affection by a number of his former colleagues. Peter possessed a wide range of artistic interests, he was well read and greatly enjoyed literature, music and theatre – in his younger days he was a fine actor, and contributed his talents to a number of different amateur dramatic groups. Sadly however, Pete had to cope with occasional bouts of depression which became more serious and more frequent as he grew older. On these occasions he was able to draw strength from the family and from a few close friends. My eldest son Steven who is currently teaching in Peru, made the following comments in an email after hearing the news of Pete’s death:
‘Uncle Pete was such a kind, gentle man, and lots of childhood memories are flooding back one at a time. I remember when he first arrived in Australia in 1968 - his birthday days-out for Mandy and me, his red Mazda Capella, the flat in Manly he shared with Granny Anna and Auntie Jenny, his endless mimicry and wonderful sense of humour. He was also very interested and supportive of my South American venture. He was open-minded, non-judgmental, and rarely spoke badly about anyone. He was not perfect, but he was a special person – he was my uncle Pete, and I’ll never forget him’
These words do much to describe Pete – he was perhaps most comfortable with younger people, in fact there was much that was childlike about him, and it was this as much as anything, that made him so particularly lovable. We will all miss him.