Peter Robert McArthur

Passed away at Ballarat.

Loved and loving husband of Pat for 64 years

Dearly loved father of Geoff, Neil, Rod & Sue and father-in-law of Ann, Colleen, Leanne & Roman

Beloved grandfather of Steve, Sarah, Allyssa, Rhiannon, Luke, Shannon, Joel, Hayley & Ben and great grandfather of Riley, Harry, Emilia, Declan, Marty, Liam, Zoey & Lincoln.


Long-time employee of the Ballarat Courier and Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.

A kind, gentle man who was loved by so many.


A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at a later date.

Special thanks to all the staff of Level 2 West  at St John of God, Ballarat for their wonderful kindness and care for Dad and our family.


In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Peter’s memory to the Cancer Council (

Funeral Notice

  1. Hi Dad, been a week now since you left us. Miss you big time already. Gave you a great send off though. Everybody is feeling your loss. But your loss has spurred some wonderful and funny memories that we have been sharing. Footy Season just won’t be the same. I know you are sitting up there proof reading this, so trying hard not to make a spelling mistake. Love you and thanks for being my Dad.


    Neil McArthur June 3, 2020
  2. A special Uncle P….remembered with love and many fond memories of him and also the family’s time in Sea Lake. Dad was so happy to have his younger brother nearby…very similar in their gentle ways and wicked sense of humour!
    Of course there was always a competitive rivalry between them regarding the Cats and the Magpies and I’m sure they’ll both be amused, happy to see this continuing from afar.
    Thinking of you Aunty Pat and all the family and sending our love.

    Rest in Peace Uncle Pete,
    Lynne,Bernie,Rob and family.

    Lynette McArthur June 2, 2020
  3. He was truly one of the kindest men you could ever meet. It was a pleasure to work alongside you Peter at The Ballarat Courier.
    Deepest sympathy to all his family.

    Maree Cartledge May 30, 2020
  4. A true gentleman in every way ! My first job at sovereign hill many years ago and
    I learnt so much from Peter nothing was any trouble .He always had a smile and many laughs with everyone!

    Rest in peace

    Our love to Pat Geoff Ann Neil Col Rod Leanne Sue Roman and Families

    Denae Garry Chloe Scott and Summer

    Denae and Garry May 30, 2020
  5. Thinking of you pat Geoff neil rod sue and families in the time of great sadness in the passing of Peter a great man and a great friend i still remember the great lunches together over many years and great rivalry over the football he was a passionate Collingwood supporter and we could always have a good laugh and joke about
    You will sadly missed and i will always remember the great Times we had
    Graeme yates

    Graeme Yates May 29, 2020
  6. Condolences to the family. Peter was a top bloke, could always learn from him

    Ian Wilson May 29, 2020
  7. Great memories of a true gentleman. Deepest Sympathy to all the family.
    John Morris

    John Morris May 29, 2020
  8. I couldn’t hand picked a better father-in-law you were one special man ,kind , loyal and never had a bad word to say about anyone .Fly high Pete like your beloved magpies you can now rest peacefully love you Colleen 🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤

    Colleen McAthur May 29, 2020
  9. RIP Peter. I had the privilege of knowing Pete in two capacities – first over many years working together at The Courier and secondly as member of Sovereign Hill when he ran The Ballarat Times. He was a very kind man, generous with his time and always interested in people’s lives. I send my deepest sympathies to his family.

    Angela Carey May 29, 2020
  10. Of all the wonderful memories I have of almost 30 years as a journalist/sub editor at The Courier, some of the best were sharing a laugh and a chat with Peter. He was a true gentleman and nothing was too much trouble.

    Kim Quinlan May 29, 2020
  11. Thinking of you Pat, Sue, Neil, Geoff, Rod and families.

    I remember Pete as a gentle and cheeky fella.

    I have vivid memories of him running a special print for us when we visited sovereign hill – it felt like he was a bit of a celebrity and we were VIPs. Then get took us to the Lolly shop.

    Love and virtual hugs to you all at this time
    Jo McArthur

    Joanne McArthur May 29, 2020
  12. He was a lovely man, Pat, Geoff, Neil, Rod and Sue. As I’ve said, I fondly remember the lead type-setting he made of my name, which I overused as a stamp at primary school, much to my teacher’s and white school shirt’s detriment. My dad always spoke of him as a warm and fun-loving brother and he’ll live on that way in all of our memories.

    Stuart McArthur May 29, 2020

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