Remembering Peter Saxton


Peter Saxton, a volunteer with CNIB for nearly 60 years, passed away on August 24, 2016.

Peter first came to CNIB in 1959 when a colleague at the school he worked in as a teacher asked him to donate two hours a week reading to people with vision loss. Peter agreed and was first assigned to work with Mae Brown, the first deafblind Canadian to earn a college degree – essentially Canada’s Helen Keller.

After Brown’s graduation from the University of Toronto, Peter had switched careers and began working in the educational publishing industry. It was at this time that he began to narrate books for CNIB Library’s audiobook service, a role he continued until January 2016.

Peter’s wife Anne, who he met through their shared role as audio publishing volunteers with CNIB, recently presented the CNIB recording studio with a framed copy of the last book Peter narrated. The book hangs proudly in the CNIB recording studio in honour of Peter’s work.

Peter is survived by his wife Anne, his three children, two step-daughters, and ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Peter has left a lasting legacy at CNIB, having recorded hundreds of books over the years that have allowed countless Canadians with vision loss access to literature. CNIB extends its deepest condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.​

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