Peter passed away peacefully on April 4, 2015 at the age 92. Beloved husband of the late Laura with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Cherished father to Denise (Earl) Duckworth, Peter (Eva) Mudry, and Anita (Tom) Konopka. Grandfather to Todd, Ian and Leigh Duckworth. Great-grandfather to Eleanor. Dear brother to Dorothy (Skeets) Harrison.
Peter left a mark of excellence in Windsor both as an educator and athlete. He was a member of the famous Assumption College Basketball Team known as the “Fighting Freshman”. Coached by “Red” Nantais this team included teammates Ado Rorai, Ralt Wade, Bill Coulthard, Al Scorgie and close lifelong friend Gino Sovran. He guided his team to two consecutive wins over the Harlem Globetrotters which became the topic of the article “Twice the Impossible Dream” representing two of the most memorable moments in Windsor Sports. His teams won the Ontario Championship, the Eastern Canadian Championship and participated in the Canadian Championship. Known as a “classy” guard, his outstanding all-around play earned him a place in the University of Windsor Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also Class President in 1945. Peter was also a contributing member of the 1946-47 Tip Top Tailor Basketball Team in Toronto. He taught and coached at Riverside and Blakelock (Oakville) High School. He coached Riverside Basketball to four undefeated league teams, four league championship teams, and four WOSSA Championships. He was also a major contributor for the Trafalgar Chicks 1957 Ontario Championship Softball Team and Local 195 Senior Baseball Ontario Championship Team.
As an educator for 41 years he taught History, Mathematics, Physical Education and Geography at the Secondary School level. From 1956-1968 he was Vice-Principal at Gordon E. Purdue High School in Oakville. He became Principal of Sandwich Secondary High School in 1970. He later spearheaded a committee for a new High School to be located in LaSalle which was built in 1974-75. He was instrumental in introducing concepts such as tutorial systems and innovative courses in Science, English and Mathematics. He introduced computerized timetables used for class scheduling, which was later adopted by the Province of Ontario. He also introduced Canadian History to the curriculum which was later adopted by the Ministry of Education. During his tenure he also introduced an Art and Music Department which later became regarded as one of the best for secondary schools in Ontario. While Principal at Sandwich Secondary his school became known throughout Ontario for its outstanding staff, innovative thinking, cutting-edge programs and Standard of Excellence. He was most proud of his family, and the many close friendships he made both in education and athletics. If you so desire, donations to Sandwich Secondary School Peter Mudry Bursary would be appreciated. Visitation Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. & Thursday from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Friday 10 a.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Entombment Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca
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