Canadian art lost a giant this week with the passing of Peter Gough. Peter was a man of many passions; his family, his art and the great outdoors. He is a man who will truly leave a legacy. His art is the obvious one. How wonderful that we will always have that. But I will remember a man who was tireless when it came to the causes he believed in. Just last week, he proudly updated me on "my artist laureate bill" now moving through the senate. It's devastating that he won't see it passed. Peter wasn't shy about contacting his wealthy and influential collectors if a cause needed a push. Many conservation, art and health charities have benefitted from his doggedness. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his family. He was immensely proud of the accomplishments of his children and if you had a minute (or an hour!) he would tell you all about them.
Rest in peace dear Peter. You will not be forgotten.