A sad goodbye to Peter, our resident artist
Here at Willows we have been devastated by the loss of our much-loved resident artist Peter Eustace, who has passed away, aged just 60.
For some time Peter had suffered with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and was constantly on oxygen. Despite this, he made a huge contribution to life at the home. The walls here at Willows are covered in his works of art, ranging from well-loved Disney, Toy Story and Beatrix Potter characters to beautiful scenes such as India’s majestic Taj Mahal, proudly displayed in our home manager Claudia Ramsamy’s office.
Peter grew up in Ilford and spent his working life as a plasterer. He was inspired to take up painting 20 years ago after seeing someone being sketched on a TV programme. He painted regularly, mainly in acrylics and oils and his pictures were much sought after. Because of his illness, he could only paint for short periods at a time. But last year, during the pandemic, he worked hard to create his own tribute – a series of heartfelt paintings and sketches – to all those working in the NHS and in care.
Paying tribute to Peter, Claudia says: “Peter and I were very close, and I will always treasure the picture he painted for my 30th birthday. He was such a calm, positive person who was a real inspiration to many of us – and no-one ever left his room without a smile! He followed his dreams and loved being involved in everything, from secret birthday planning to other events here at the home. When I become a manager, I was very moved when he told me how proud he was. He is much missed by us all.”