Victor Oswald Branch

March 6, 1932 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 89)


Due to todays snow storm, the Funeral Mass for Victor will be on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM  at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church

Branch, Victor Oswald

Peacefully died at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the age of 89.  He was born at Stony Hill, Port Antonio, Jamaica, West Indies, on March 6, 1932, to parents Clifford S. and Margaret E. Branch. He was a retired qualified Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. He attended with honours and distinction Titchfield Secondary School and St. George's College, Jamaica, 1944-1951, and attended the Regent Street University of Westminster, London, England, 1952-1956. An extraordinarily successful student, he was the first-place medalist in 3rd and 4th years in Civil Engineering. He worked diligently, effectively, and productively for the Jamaica Government, 1958-1965, as Executive Engineer & Assistant Chief Engineer, and for various consulting engineering firms in England and Canada. He also planned, created, designed and constructed numerous major and complex civil, municipal, structural, and water engineering projects for Jamaica, Metro Toronto, Calgary, Hamilton (this water treatment plant project won Canada's Governor-General medal for engineering excellence in 1973); these projects are still serving and benefitting their communities, an accomplishment of which Victor was very proud. He was the dedicated father of Anne-Marie Branch, Fiona C. Wright, Dawn A. Scott; and loving grandfather of Gregory Scott, Sasha Wright, and Matthew Wright, and doting great grandfather of Theodore Scott and Lucy Scott. And he was devoted spouse of Pauline Carmel Ayotte (deceased 2007), whom he is now with in eternity. Victor was an exemplary, patient, and successful volunteer youth soccer coach in Ontario and Alberta, 1978-1992: and Peterborough District Soccer Referee 2001-2013. Victor was a devout Roman Catholic and a committed volunteer in Catholic Church missions for seniors and the needy; a pillar of the Peterborough community; and a generous donor to numerous humanitarian organizations worldwide, such as World Vision, Development and Peace, Missionaries for the Poor Jamaica and CPAWS. He was a gifted, stylish, and exquisite champion cricket batsman at Titchfield Secondary School in 1948 to 1950, and was a devotee of all types of athletics and sports. An avid reader of daily newspapers, biographies, religion, history, and sports books, he prided himself on being astute and well informed, as well as a keen observer of local, provincial, federal and international politics, civic affairs and world events. He loved many genres of music, and was spiritually inspired by nature, particularly water. His cherished memories included visiting Rome (Italy), the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and Square, and St. Peter's crypt, with his grandson Gregory, in 2011. Friends will be received at the HIGHLAND PARK FUNERAL CENTRE 2510 Bensfort Rd., Peterborough on Sunday, January 16th 2022, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at ST. ANNE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 859 Barnardo Ave., Peterborough on Monday, January 17th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Covid-19 restrictions are in place, face coverings are mandatory and reservations to attend both the Visitation and Funeral Mass can be made by visiting Victor’s obituary on the Highland Park Funeral Centre Website.  Only those with a reservation will be permitted.   Interment to follow at Little Lake Cemetery. A celebration of Victor’s life will also take place later this year when circumstances allow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of Victor’s favorite charities: World Vision, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or Canadian Cancer Society. Finally, Victor’s family and friends give their deepest and sincere thanks and gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, assistants for the exemplary attention and service provided in the final months of Victor’s life. Online condolences may be made at




January 16, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Highland Park Funeral Centre, Bensfort Rd, Peterborough)

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 30 people, spread over 30 min intervals. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their time slot

Funeral Mass
January 18, 2022

1:00 PM
St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church
859 Barnardo Ave.
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 5W2

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 35 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place

January 18, 2022

LittleLake Cemetery
915 Haggart Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2Y1


Canadian Cancer Society
730 The Kingsway Unit 2., Peterborough ON K9J 6W6
Tel: 1-705-742-3823

World Vision Canada
1 World Drive Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y4,
Tel: 905-565-6100 Toll-free: 1-866-595-5550

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
600-100 Gloucester Street, Ottawa ON K2R 0A4
Tel: 1-613-569-7226

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