Pieter was born at 17 November 1950 in Ouderkerk aan den IJssel. In 1951 he moved to Millingen aan de Rijn because his father found a job at the shipyard Bodewes. His brothers Henk (1954) and Jan (1955) were born here. In 1956 the family moved to Beek near Nijmegen and there his brothers Sjaak (1958) and Harry (1960) were born. Pieter went to school in Nijmegen.
At the age of 21 Pieter had to report to the Royal Military School to be trained as a Sergeant, after which he was transferred to the encampment “Seedorf” (closed since 8 May 2006). In the nearby town Zeven he met Marlies. She was the reason he stayed in Germany and took a job with the Klöckner Werke AG in Bremen (now called Arcelor Bremen). In 1973 Pieter and Marlies married and build their first house there.
The diplomas Pieter obtained in the Netherlands showed to be of little value in Germany and the decision was taken to move to the Netherlands. Pieter found work with Daisy Systems in Wijchen and worked there 10 years, first as Production Manager and later as Quality Control Manager. As Daisy went bankrupt in 1998 Pieter accepted a position of Quality Assurance Manager with Drukker International in Cuijk (now called Element Six). After various reorganisations of this company Pieter was laid off in 2004. Fortunately, his age (54 year at the time) was no problem to find other employment which he found with OKI Europe. Pieter retired on 17 May 2016. Since then, walking has become his hobby and completed the Four Days Marches of Nijmegen for the third time and completed the walking route called Pieterpad.