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Peter Fizli

d. February 25, 2022

  • Funeral Location:A funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date.
  • Resting Location:No visitation
  • Wishes:Donations to the Cancer Society or the Miramichi SPCA would be appreciated by the family.
  • The family of Peter Fizli are sad to announce his death on February 25th, 2022 at his home in Miramichi Bay NB.  Peter was surrounded by his family and died peacefully at home after a long illness with lung cancer.  
    Peter is survived by his wife Yvette Fizli (Hachey) formerly of Bathurst.  Peter was predeceased by his parents Irine Kovacs and his father Peter Fizli senior both of Budapest.  Peter is also survived by his two sisters, Anna Riising, Hendrick, (Germany) and Ildi Pandi (Budapest) three nieces: Anna, Ildi and Andrea, one nephew Gyorgy and Andrea’s son Kevin.  Peter is also survived by his daughter Suzanne McLenaghan, (Eric) deceased and sons Sandor Fizli (Bahaiyyhi Pride) and Derrick Fizli and his grandchildren Georgia and Gavin McLenaghan, Daniel Fizli, Michael Mccafferty, Madison and Jack Fizli.
    He is survived by sister-in-law Regina, Theresa Campeau (Jean-Guy) brother-in-law Martin (Rachel Aube), Michael (Anne) deceased, Wilfred.  He was predeceased by brother-in-law Maurice, Raymond, Armand, Edmond and sister-in-law Annette and Aline.
    When Peter was 4 years old, he experienced the trauma of war during the Second World War Hungary was being invaded by Germany in 1944.  Peter became separated from his parents and was later found in a shelter some months afterwards.  During these early years Peter’s family suffered with extreme poverty and the effects of war.  
    Peter was always proud of his country and was an avid athlete and played in a competitive soccer league for Hungary.  In October 1956 his country was again invaded this time by Russia during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. When Peter realized that his life was in danger after being shot in the leg, him and four of his friends fled the country, stealing a plane they made their escape to Yugoslavia.  Once landed, the 5 were taken prisoner and placed in an overcrowded prison camp and Peter remembers being fed sticky rice for six months.  Upon his release Peter fled to France and then made his way to Germany, in Mulidorf Germany. Peter attended a trade school for 2 years, where he studied to become a millwright.  In September 1959 he boarded the Seven Seas and sailed to Canada and landed in Quebec.  Peter traveled across Canada three times and had several jobs from being a draftsman, working in the mine in Red Lake to working at Brunswick Mines.  Peter felt blessed to have been given a second chance in Canada and once he became a Canadian citizen, he kissed the ground and called Canada his home.  In 1971, he travelled to Prince Albert Saskatchewan to work at a pulp and paper mill and from there he took an opportunity to travel to Chile, South America where he worked with a crew to start up a pulp and paper mill in Arauca, Chile.  
    From 1979 to 2001, Peter worked as a Maintenance Superintendent for 8 years for Acadia Forest Products, Miramichi NB and 15 years for Abitibi Consolidated in Kenora, Ontario where he then retired.    
    Peter possessed a strong work ethic and he believed in treating everyone fairly.  He often said that if you arrive to work a half hour early you will be on top of things and know what to do.  Peter received a telephone call about 3 months ago from a former employee who called to say thank-you for giving him this advice and said that what you told me stayed with me and helped make me the manager of the mill in Thunder Bay today.  Peter was pleased to have received this call and felt pride and thankfulness for being able to help a fellow colleague.  

    Peter was a quiet man who loved to hear how his grandchildren were doing.  He always enjoyed when his grandchildren did well or when they achieved their goals it would bring tears to his eyes.  
    The family would like to thank Dr. Arthur Losier who was Peter’s doctor for many years and treated him kindly.  We also want to thank Dr. Rambaran who took care of Peter while he spent a short stay at the Miramichi Hospital and kept us UpToDate on Peter’s condition as no visitation was allowed while Peter was in hospital.  Peter was sad to know of the situation in Ukraine and he was afraid for the people there and he knew firsthand what suffering they were about to endure.  He prayed for peace as he believed anything else would bring heartache.  

    As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Cancer Society or the Miramichi SPCA would be appreciated by the family.  

    Arrangements were entrusted to Northumberland Funeral Home 102 Pleasant St. Miramichi.  There is no funeral at this time, mass will be celebrated in the spring.
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