Peter Oliver, a well-known restaurateur in Toronto who began with a sandwich business in midtown Toronto in the 1970s and later gained notoriety around the city, has died.
Oliver’s name-brand hospitality business, Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, made the announcement of his passing online on Thursday.
Oliver’s devoted wife Maureen, their four children, and their nine grandchildren all survived him.
What caused the Canadian restaurant owner’s death?
“It is with tremendous regret that we announce the passing of our beloved leader and co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, Peter Oliver,” the post’s caption from Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality read.
Oliver was given a late-stage cancer diagnosis in May 2021, according to the business, “a struggle that he confronted head-on with fortitude and elegance.”
“Oliver kept a cheerful attitude throughout his treatment, for which he will be remembered by many people for the rest of time. On September 21, with his kids and wife Maureen by his side, Dad passed away calmly and with gratitude.
O&B Hospitality said in its post, “Peter has always recognized and appreciated his collaboration with Michael as being fateful. They were a team that worked well together, each bringing excellent contributions to their company.”
Let’s Know about Peter Oliver’s Early Life
As per the Toronto news, Peter Oliver was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Oliver was born in a well-managed family and the family moved to Montreal in 1967. After completing his high school education, he attend McGill University and graduated from there.
After his graduation, Oliver had a successful career as a stockbroker and in commercial real estate, but decided to change his career in 1978.
Changing his career, he opened his first restaurant in midtown Toronto, a small sandwich shop named Oliver’s Old Fashioned Bakery, located at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.
Oliver’s Career as a Restaurateur
After opening his own sandwich shop, Peter Oliver began his partnership with Chef Michael Bonacini in 1993 by opening Jump Restaurant in the Financial District. The partnership later became Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality.
As of today, the company has restaurants all over Canada some of them including the Oliver & Bonacini Grill locations and also some of Toronto’s best-known venues, as well as a catering business.
Restaurants in their company’s portfolio include Canoe, Canteen, Babel, Luma, and also R&D.
In addition to the hospitality business, Oliver also founded that, The Leacock Foundation in 1992 after meeting Nelson Mandela in Toronto. The foundation use to raise money to help many disadvantaged kids in Toronto and South Africa.
Sending healing prayers and comfort to Peter Oliver’s Family during this tough time.
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