At the age of 31 Peter bought Sherbrooke Bakery. As many of you have told me you would then already buy his bakery goods. Way back when it was still on the east side of the traffic circle in the Sherbrooke neighborhood. Part of today’s Sherbrooke liquor store was the bakery, and a TD bank (as you can still see the safe in the back). Around 1991 Peter moved to our current location, because they had grown the business to such an extent that they were not only known for their baked goods. Peter and Josephine, had added Dutch imports, take out lunches and gift ware to their assortment.
It was Peter and Josephine who built up a successful and thriving business. Because of their hard work we were able to start off with a hungry customer base. Even during my first Christmas Peter helped by showing me how a real mocha cake is made, not just how to get the authentic mocha flavor, but the tricks of how to work smooth and efficient. He was honest in critiquing my baking (he once told me “those turnovers look like crap”) and since he was in the trade longer I still remember his business advise clearly: “your first opportunity to make money is not when you sell, but when you buy”. Through his direct approach I felt support for the young entrepreneur in me that he himself once was, even in the little things he gave me during his help like crates, baking pans and contacts.
It was an honor to have worked with you and we appreciate the groundwork you have done for Dutch Delicious. From all of us at Dutch Delicious we extend our condolences to his family.Following is the obituary from Foster & McGarvey.