Family honours Peter Smith's legacy with support for Hospice Quinte

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For over 10 years, Hospice Quinte has been planning to expand its services and address the need for a community-based Hospice Quinte Care Centre. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has approved moving forward with a six-bed Hospice Quinte Care Centre Hospice Quinte’s Heart & Home Building Campaign helps to support the construction of the new Hospice Quinte Care Centre.

In November of 2019, the founder of Peter Smith GM in Belleville, Peter Smith, passed suddenly. One year later, Smith’s family honoured his memory in a big way. On Thursday, November 5th, the family of the late Peter Smith gathered at Hospice Quinte to present a charitable gift of $50,000 in memory of the local businessman.

The family of the late Peter Smith gathered last Thursday to present Hospice Quinte’s Heart and Home Building Campaign with a charitable gift of $50,000 in loving memory of the local businessman to go toward the construction of Hospice Quinte Care Centre.

Wife Vicki, son Matthew, and daughters Darcy and Carly proudly joined with Peter Smith GM staff to celebrate Smith’s legacy of dedication to the betterment of communities across the greater Quinte region and beyond.

Well known for his generosity and continuous support in numerous community projects and charitable efforts, Peter Smith will be recognized at the hospice new centre where a photo and commemorative plaque will be placed in his honour.

“We are very proud to be able to support Heart and Home Building Campaign and honour our late husband and father Peter in this way,” said Vicki. “We miss him every day. He was a man who felt privileged to be able to give back to his community after the Quinte area welcomed him and supported his businesses, and he tirelessly worked on many charity boards because he wanted to share his business experience to help raise much-needed funds.”

Smith will be recognized at the new hospice care centre in Bayside in the fundraising office, where a photo and commemorative plaque will be placed in his honour.

The new, six-bed Hospice Quinte Care Centre located in Bayside will be a safe, comfortable, quiet and welcoming place that feels as close to home as possible. Professional palliative care will be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost to the individual or family.

“We are very honoured to be receiving this needed support on behalf of Peter’s family and business,” said Hospice Quinte executive director, Jennifer May-Anderson. “This generous donation reminds us that despite a loved one’s passing, adoration for them and the proud legacy they leave behind shall carry on.”

Located in Belleville, Hospice Quinte provides service and care for terminally ill residents throughout Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township, and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

Volunteers and staff at Hospice Quinte provide passionate care and comfort for residents and their loved ones, free of charge to residents within the service areas. Hospice Quinte is a charitable not-for-profit organization and relies on relationships with individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations in the community.

For more information about Hospice Quinte, residents can visit hospicequinte.ca

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer