Hundreds paid their respects to Dr Peters

ABOUT 350 people attended the funeral of Dr Ralph Peters earlier this week, with a similar number watching the service online. St Matthew’s Anglican Church in New Norfolk was full for the funeral service, with additional seating provided outside and in the church hall.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Celia Hooker who told the congregation that Dr Peters had been her employer, colleague, doctor, mentor, parishioner and friend. She was working as a registered nurse at the New Norfolk District Hospital in late 1968 when Dr Peters arrived from South Africa to become the district medical officer and their association had continued ever since. “I simply cannot tell you how honoured I am to be conducting this service today,” she said.

The service heard eulogies from Dr Peters’ elder son David (read by grandson James), daughter Monica (read by Mrs Hooker) and younger son Julian. Damian Bester spoke about Dr Peters’ contribution to the community.

A radio interview with Dr Peters conducted by Mrs Hooker two years ago will be replayed on 98.9 Tyga-FM at 9am this Sunday, January 28, with a new introduction by Mrs Hooker. This will also be able to be heard online.

The video of Dr Peters’ funeral can be seen online and has had nearly 300 views at the time of writing.

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