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Activist, Photographer, Newsman, PEJ Editor, Gerry Deiter Passes PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 December 2005 01:53
Activist, Photographer, Newsman, PEJ Editor, Gerry Deiter Passes

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- C. L. Cook - Only a day after making the front page of the local daily, local news photographer Gerry Deiter died last night of an apparent heart attack. Deiter had himself been featured on the Times-Colonist front page the day before in a piece commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Beatle and cultural icon, John Lennon and celebrating Gerry's photo exhibit of the famed 1969 'Bed In for Peace' in Montreal currently being shown at the Royal British Columbia Museum.


Photo: Debra Brash Times-Colonist

Activist, Photographer, Newsman,
PEJ Editor, Gerry Deiter Passes

C. L. Cook
PEJ News
December 11, 2005

Gerry had been a part of the famed 1969 "Bed-in for Peace," staying in the Montreal hotel with Lennon and Yoko Ono the entire eight days of the event, snapping pictures, and being recorded singing what was to become a generation's anthem song, "Give Peace a Chance." 

The New York City-born Deiter emigrated to Canada during America's war in Vietnam and was a dedicated peace advocate. Fearing another U.S. war, following the September 11th attacks against America Gerry retrieved his archival photos and mounted exhibitions to promote John Lennon's message of peace and understanding.

Of the latest showing, his son, Nathaniel Deiter says, "Seeing him at the museum answering questions from people ... it was amazing and he was in his glory. That was where he wanted to be. It's almost as if that gave his life meaning."

Deiter was a commited environmentalist and Greenpeace photographer in that organziation's hay days in the early 1970's and an avid mariner, living aboard his beloved MV Luigi in Victoria's inner harbour. Always close to the news business, he was the founding editor of the newspaper, Prince Rupert This Week, and continued his news work as a contributing editor to Victoria-based online news site, PEJ.org.

The 72 year old dynamo and fixture at Swan's Pub had complained of fatigue following days of intense activity surrounding his exhibit's opening, and collapsed Saturday of an apparent heart attack.

Condolences to Gerry's family and friends from we who knew him at PEJ. You will be missed, Gerry.  
Gerry Deiter's "Give Peace a Chance" exhibit will show at the museum through to the end of January.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 December 2005 01:53

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