We own a small store near Killerpaint. Pef came in to our store almost daily for cookies and conversation. My husband broke the sad news to me when I arrived at work the day following Pef's death. It was difficult to believe that someone so vibrant could be gone so quickly without warning.
Beneath all his bravado, Pef was a very caring and sensitive person. There were several occasions when I was sad and he came into the back room of our store to see if I needed a hug. He was always ready to listen if I needed him to. He felt very comfortable in our store and if he needed anything, he would walk into the back to get what he wanted. It made us feel really good that he felt that way about us.
I was also extremely impressed and touched by the way Pef reacted around children. I saw him at Gagnon Welding one day playing with someone's children and he was having as much fun as they were. It makes me sad now, because he didn't have the chance to be the great dad I know he would have been.
I also appreciate Pef for talking to my son and treating him like one of the guys. My son is 20 and not always comfortable around people he doesn't know well. He was quite in awe of the Killerpaint guys, but Pef always made him feel comfortable...that sensitive side again.
While my husband and I were unable to attend the celebration for Pef yesterday (Our store was open and our key employee attended the service so we stayed behind), we were there in our thoughts. I hope Pef's family is comforted by the knowledge that Pef was a great guy who touched many in a very positive way. We will all miss him.