Eight Bells: Peter Milligan
Published on November 14th, 2018
Peter A. Milligan left suddenly at 69 years to begin a new afterlife journey on November 7, 2018. He was born in New York and settled in Canada where he began his law career.
Peter had an extraordinary life that included an exhilarating, successful law career, recognition as a world class sailor, success as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and art connoisseur. Over the years, he purchased many works of art that filled his Toronto loft ‘art’ gallery. He loved to listen to music while enjoying the sea of creative artistry that surrounds every room in his home.
One of his proudest personal achievements was to rebuild the sailing yacht Red Jacket designed by George Cuthbertson in May 1966. It was the first Canadian boat to win an offshore ocean race against a fleet of about 85 others, many who were top U.S. racers. Red Jacket won 11 of her first 13 races. Peter purchased the boat over a decade ago and restored her to its original glory. The boat proudly sits at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where she continues to win races today.
He was one of Canada’s preeminent lawyers specializing in Property Tax and Assessment. Peter was President of the Legal and Literary Society at Osgoode Law School where he graduated in 1975. He had a reputation for presenting his cases in an exemplary fashion winning praise and respect from the judges and other counsels. He was a trusted advisor to many clients and worked tirelessly on their behalf. He loved the law and was tenaciously working right up to the day he left us.
Friends and family can bid farewell to Peter at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, Sunday, November 18th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a private family interment. A Celebration of Life for Peter will be held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Island Clubhouse in the spring.
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