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David Peters was a celebrated local dentist, organist

When it comes to music, there isn’t a whole lot David Peters didn’t do, all while excelling as a dentist.

David Peters.

Peters, of St. John’s, died last Friday at the age of 90.

Peters graduated from dentistry at Dalhousie in 1950 and practised in St. John’s, serving as president of the Canadian Dental Association in 1972-73 (the first Newfoundlander to do so). He continued dentistry until retiring from the profession in 2006.

Peters had joined the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s in 1951 and held various offices with the organization over the years, including governor of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District of Kiwanis International in 1980-81. He was a founder of the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival.

Peters was also an accomplished organist: he had a diploma from Trinity College of Music in London, and was organist at Fort Pepperell in the mid-1940s, as well as organist at Cochrane Street United Church and The Kirk at various times between 1982 and 2013.

After he retired, he catalogued every pipe organ in the province for the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Peters was a member of the Kiwanis Music Festival Hall of Honour, an honorary life member of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1977.

A funeral service for Peters took place Monday afternoon at The Kirk.

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