Peter Golf originally created the Golf Family Fund for St. Paul’s Hospital and the Golf Family Fund for Royal University Hospital in memory of his father Gus A. Golf. When Peter passed away in 2009, he left a further legacy of his family’s commitment to their Saskatoon community. Born in a small Greek village, Peter emigrated to Canada after the Second World War to join his father in his family business, Golf’s Chocolate Shop and Diner on 2nd Avenue in Saskatoon. Though his roots were in Greece and he cultivated a strong bond with all Greeks, Peter was also deeply committed to his new community of Saskatoon. He built businesses, created jobs, and always worked to further his deepest values of compassion, uniting people, forgiving them their shortcomings and offering chances at redemption.
Coming from modest circumstances, Peter had a great zest for challenge, and always considered himself a lucky man. He shared his passion for travel and learning about various cultures with family and friends, as well as his passion for the sport of golf. His many businesses reveal his drive for perfection and his keen business mind. The jobs and pleasure created through Saskatoon landmarks such as The Nite Hawk, Dog’n Suds, Golf’s Steak House, Bartleby’s, Putt ‘n’ Bounce, Fuddruckers, Ruckers, and Golf’s Car Wash are an important part of his legacy to the community. Throughout his 64 years as a business man in the community, he gave generously to the Salvation Army, Royal University Hospital (RUH), and the United Way, and served on several boards, including RUH and the Lion’s Club among others, and of course, indulged in his favourite leisure activity, golfing, at Riverside with his friends.
His family and friends were invaluable to his happiness and he enjoyed nothing more than the company of the people he loved. He is survived by his brothers George, Frank, Bill, and his sisters Niki and Margaret, all of whom have large and wonderful families. His widow, Myriam and children Michael, Tony and Sabrina feel a deep sense of loss at the passing of a man who was so willing to help family and strangers alike. The family extends its deepest gratitude for the care he received from the Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.
The Golf Family Funds will help ensure that all in our Saskatoon community can receive the same high standard of care in their time of need, a principle which has always been at the heart of the Golf family. The strength of character and conviction that enabled both Peter and his father Gus to build a new life for their family in Saskatoon will be memorialized forever through these funds.