VIDEO: Tributes flow for Dr Ralph Peters

HUNDREDS of tributes to Dr Ralph Peters OAM have been posted on social media in the week since his passing last Sunday afternoon. Messages of condolences and thanks have been publicly expressed, as well as memories and anecdotes from Dr Peters’ long life of community service in the Derwent Valley.

The online comments have included:

  • A very good doctor and a true gentleman. Loved his work and community. Always had time to ask how you are going if he saw you out and about. A very caring doctor.
  • It had been 20+ years since I had seen Dr Peters, but I wrote to him on his retirement to wish him well and to thank him for his care of my family. I didn’t expect a response. But of course he wrote back, wishing me well and sharing memories of my long-passed and much loved nan. That letter is a prized possession, even more so now. A gentleman and a servant always.
  • A great doctor and a superb human.
  • My mum and dad’s doctor for years. On many a Saturday he dropped in to see how my mum was going. He was a true gentleman.
  • He was a beautiful doctor. Always took time to listen and would research if he was not sure.
  • He went to university with my uncle Abdul who, like Dr Peters, left his homeland to become a doctor in Canada.
  • RIP Dr Peters. You brought two of my children into this world and cared for my father when he left. I will never forget you.
  • Condolences to Dr Peters’ family. He was so supportive and helpful to the New Norfolk paramedics over many years.
  • I’m sure we all remember waiting our turn to see him. He was always so very kind. Thank you Dr Peters for what you gave of yourself to the community. You were loved and respected. Time for a rest now.
  • Dr Peters was my childhood doctor. He saved me from losing my leg many years ago.
  • “Dr Lolly Peters.” Mum said that’s what I called him as a kid as he always gave out jellybeans.
  • R.I.P. Dr Peters. Thank you so much, you saved my baby daughter’s life. You will be missed by many people of the Derwent Valley.
  • Dr Peters was my family doctor. He came to me at 3am in his pyjamas to help my baby.
  • He was something special. He delivered both my daughters and even had a photo of them on his desk.
  • Wonderful memories of working as a midwife with Dr Peters at NNDH. I also remember when he excised my badly infected knee. Celia Hooker assisted and dressed my knee daily. They inspired me to become a nurse.
  • He saved our son’s life at three weeks old, now turning 30 this year. For that we are grateful. R.I.P. Doc, one of the legends of this Valley.
  • He was my childhood doctor. I always remember the jar of jellybeans on his desk.
  • A wonderful doctor who would come to your home if you couldn’t get to the surgery.
  • Old mate you were my GP for more than 40 years… no appointment, no out-of-pocket, very thorough and home visits back in the day – all things that we no longer experience.
  • He was more like a family friend than a doctor. He was there for all of us.
  • If you looked in the dictionary and looked up empathy, compassion and dedication you would see Dr Peters’ name.
  • May the heavens provide Dr Peters the love and respect that he gave to the valley. He was devoted to the Derwent Valley, the people, and will always be in the memory of thousands who looked to him for support in both physical and mental health and supporting students by buying raffle tickets and encouraging us to do sports. Resting with his wife now.

In 2021, books of written tributes to Dr Peters and his colleague Dr Micheil Sweet were presented during a function in the office of Craig Farrell MLC at New Norfolk. The video below contains Dr Peters’ response on that occasion:

Dr Peters died in the New Norfolk District Hospital on January 14, after a short illness. His funeral service will be held at St Matthew’s Anglican Church at 10.30am this Wednesday, January 24. In anticipation of a large congregation, additional seating will be available in the church hall. The service will also be livestreamed at

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