b'Peter leavesa lasting legacy. Peter Fletcher had a passion for helping others. For over 35 years, Peter regularly donatedIn 1950 he started a career at the Commonwealth to the work of Uniting (formerly throughPublic Service, which spanned 39 years. Wesley Mission in Victoria) with the aim ofAn avid gardener, Peter had a love forhelping people in their time of needall whilenative plants. enduring his own challenges.He talked a lot about (Uniting) and helping theHe liked to keep himself busy through his many less fortunate, says Peters niece, Jane.hobbies, says Jane.He grew up during the Great Depression andHe enjoyed gardening, tennis, community Second World War and the family struggled. theatre, physical fitness and nutrition. He knew what it was like to go without. And heHe kept himself very fit and was passionate suffered significant mental health issues until theabout exercise and healthy eating.day he died. He suffered terribly, so he empathisedPeter enjoyed attending Uniting supporter with people who struggle to get by in life.luncheons, receiving Christmas and birthday Peter passed away in August 2020 at the age of 93.cards, and looked forward to his visits from the In 1994, he confirmed a gift in his Will to Uniting.team, where they shared stories of the difference his contributions were making.He was a very generous man, says Jane. He also liked to keep himself informed about He never married or had children. But he lovedUnitings work by reading annual reports and his family dearly. Family was everything to him. newsletters.He loved spending time with his nieces andHe supported numerous (community service) nephews and their children. organisations that help people doing it tough, Peter loved a family celebration. He was alwayssays Jane.there to celebrate birthdays, Christmas andWere proud of the legacy he has left. Easter. And he was obsessed with his birthday. Because Peter left a gift in his Will for Uniting,We always celebrated his birthday with him. his legacy is helping individuals and familiesThe youngest of 4 children, Peter lived most ofin crisis to access practical support. his life in the inner Melbourne suburb of Kew. He studied at Trinity Grammar and then Melbourne University, where he completed a Bachelor ofFind out moreArts Degree in 1948.Supporter Newsletter Autumn 2022 3'