Roos_Peter 001June 20, 1940 – July 21, 2014

Roos, Peter – Passed away peacefully at the Hamilton General Hospital on Monday, July 21, 2014 surrounded by his loved ones.  Predeceased by his wife Edel (1995).  Peter will be loved and missed dearly by his companion of 14 years, Martina; his son Dominik (Jennifer) and daughter Michelle (Bryan Hall) and step-children Ronny, Nicole and Stephan; grandchildren Adel, Max and Lotta; sister Waltraud Menzel (predeceased Helmut).  In Peter’s younger years, he worked for the largest printing press in Germany where he was taught how to print books for school children.  When Peter came to Canada he bought what was to become a well known restuarant in Dundas, the Schwaben Inn.  He owned and operated this business for 34 years before retiring.  He enjoyed the many years of chatting and getting to know his patrons.  He happily spent his retirement chasing after his grandchildren.  A special thank you is extended to the doctors and nurses at the Hamilton General Hospital for their care.  Friends will be received by the family on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2-4 & 7-9 at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas.   Funeral Mass will take place at ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas on Friday at 11:00 a.m.  If you so wish, donations to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital or The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

25 Messages to Roos, Peter

  • Sylvia Bernlochner

    I heard about Peters death today. I´m very sad and feel with you. Sylvia

  • Don, Brenda, Spencer and Nicholas Overland

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Martina, Dominik, and Michelle. Peter was a lot of things to a lot of people to me he was my boss for 15 years when l worked at the Schwaben Inn until he retired then it just was not the same so l left as well. He was more then a boss to me he was like a father figure and a grand father to my boys, which my oldest ended up working there to for 3 years. I remember when my youngest was born and he was 3 months old Peter asked me to come back to work and work daytime because he needed me and l said well l will have to bring Nicholas and he said thats ok. When l worked he would talk to Nicholas in German, give him bottles and pick him up when he would cry what kind of boss does that. He was a very caring person and he has touched many lives over the years. We will always remember you Peter and what you brought to our lives. Rest in Peace and god bless.

  • Shirley & Wayne Zess

    Deepest sympathy. Shirley &Wayne Zess

  • Michelle Roos

    Thank You so much for the kind words, my family and I were very happy to see everyone who knew and loved our dad. He would have been so happy to see everyone, we will miss him very much, a great friend, loving father, loving companion & opa .And thank you for the love and support xoxoxo

    Michelle & Family

  • Gudrun Thomas

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. I enjoyed talking to Peter and Martina
    on my visits to the Schwaben Inn.

  • Michelle Roos

    Thank You so much for the kind words, my family and I were very happy to see everyone who knew and loved our dad. He would have been happy to see everyone, we will miss him very much. And thank you for love and support. :) :)

    Michelle & family

  • Sylvia and Alan Brockwell

    Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time and sending our love….Sylvia, Al, Julian, Nathan, Angela and Kyle

  • Carl Bachellier

    Peter was a great man who was generous and always willing to offer his advice and wisdom. He was someone you might not see for years but when you met again you didn’t skip a beat. He made you feel part of the family. He will be missed by many.

  • body one Fitness

    my prayers and thoughts are with the Roos family.Peter i will miss your smile .Ricardo

  • Leslie Brooks-Jesse

    Dom and Michelle,

    Chris really said it all, so many of us grew up at the restaurant. We worked hard together and enjoyed each other’s company outside of work. And we had the best Christmas parties!! I loved going to Burlington Bowl (when we were too young to go to a bar) with the staff and then having a drink after work at the Air Force Club with Peter and the gang when we were old enough! So many of us really grew up there.

    We watched you two grow up as well. I remember getting you ice cream, Dominic, when you were very young (and ending up with it half way up my arm in that freezer) and then years later coming for dinner with my family and having you serve me. And I was glad to have Peter as my stand in when I needed him (even though I didn’t always realize I did) and glad he contributed to the person I became.

    Thank you for sharing your Dad with us. He was so special.

  • Donna and Al Jackson

    Our deepest sympathy, are thoughts and prayers are with You

  • David & JoAnn Porter

    JoAnn, I and our family enjoyed countless wonderful meals at Peter’s famous eatery over the past 30+ years. He rarely missed chatting with us when we came in to dine. One of the highlights was celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary at the Schwaben Inn.
    Peter we will truly miss you!! Our prayers and sympathies go out to all your family. We will remember you always in our hearts. We are away and truly sorry that we cannot attend the service!
    The Porters
    Dave JoAnn and Family

  • John Heersink

    All that exercising and quitting the smoke probably helped but not enough. Martina Dominic and Michelle, you will miss him a lot but so will we. Our condolences to the whole family. Peter can finally rest in peace. No more struggles.

  • Marilyne Creer

    Deepest sympathy to the family.
    From the Creer’s – Peter (deceased), Marilyne, Susan and Robert.
    Robert as a young lad, was a cook at the restaurant for many years and greatly respected Peter and Edel.
    May God Bless the family at this time of sadness.

  • Peter and Joanne

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.

    The Petrick Family.

  • Chris Yardley

    Its hard to send condolences to just the immediate family because when you think about it, Peter had a massive extended family. He was like a father to the kids that grew up at the Schwaben either sweating it out in the kitchen or serving the tables. Too many customers to count were regulars and also became part of the family. Peter’s involvement in the community and local sports meant his life touched not just hundreds but thousands of people over the years. As a fellow alumnus of Peter’s school of hard knocks, I can testify that my life was irreversibly changed by working for him. For 8 years I not only learned the business from him but he taught me valuable life lessons that I carry with me today. Peter was a great man, not just because he was a successful entrepreneur but because he changed the lives of so many people. Not everyone would agree it was always for the better, but consider how many people he hired over the years who were able to pay bills, go through school, buy a car, go to college or university – all because of Peter and the Schwaben Inn. How many relationships were created because of the close family environment that Peter and Edel nurtured that truly represented the lifeblood of the business? How many coworkers are now married and have families of their own? What a great legacy to leave behind, Peter. Congratulations on leaving a very big mark.

    I will miss Peter more than words can express. He was my boss, my mentor, a father figure and he was my friend. Rest in peace.

  • Ingrid und Gerd Brachlow

    Liebe Martina, Dominic mit Familie und Michelle
    Mit dem Tode eines Menschen verliert man vieles – aber niemals, die mit ihm verbrachte Zeit.
    Wir mochten Euch auf diesem Weg unsere Anteilnahme senden.
    Es ist einfach nicht zu verstehen das Peter so frueh von Euch gegangen ist.
    Ingrid und Gerd

  • Karen (Hirschegger)

    Dominik, Michelle, and Martina
    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Peter. We will always remember him. Our thoughts are with you and your families.
    Karen, Lucas, and Zachary



  • Deb Mcconnell and son Brandon

    So sorry for your loss Dominick! Your dad and mom Edel were great people and will surely be missed by many! We lived I. The little White House beside the restaurant and Brandon my son was always at your house or with your family!! He was like a second son to your mom and dad at the time! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time!

  • Kim Walker

    I have many great memories of the restaurant and the Roos family. Peter treated me like one of his children and I always felt at home there, even when I had grown and moved away. My deepest sympathies to Dominic and Michelle. A parent’s death is always so hard. Please find comfort in knowing what a great man he was and how many lives he touched in such a profound way.

  • Nicki Scott

    Sending all my love to you and your family, Michelle.

  • Georgia Beck

    I am so sorry for your loss. My husband Charlie and I used to go to the restaurant quite often. Your Dad always came over and spoke with us. When we were racing he would sit and talk to Charlie about racing for a long time. I remember he was so excited when Dominic headed to the races because they always had something to talk about the next day. Peter will now be with Charlie talking over old times. He was a great man. Will not be forgotten


  • Dominic and Michelle

    You have our deepest sympathies in the lost of your dad. He was a nice man. The Biedermann Family

  • Kim Westoby

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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