John Peters passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 15, 2015, surrounded by his family after a long struggle with dementia. John was born in Wembley, Alberta in 1931 and moved to Chilliwack with his family in 1946. He met his future wife, Margaret (Thiessen) of Oliver, BC, and they married in 1957 and made a home in Chilliwack. John was a teacher for 31 years in the Chilliwack school system, 27 of those were at Little Mountain Elementary. John is survived by Margaret, his loving wife of 57 years and their four children, Randy (Jennifer), Jim, Susan (Kimberly and Leonard (Kathy) and his eight grandchildren, Josh, Colton, Tannor, Hunter, Ethan, Noah, Owen and Chelsea. He also leaves behind his sisters Martha and Mary and his brother Henry (Evelyn). John was predeceased by his parents, Abram and Alvina Peters, and his stepmother Elizabeth as well as his brother Abe and sister Margaret (Kropp).
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, John was an example to us all and will be dearly missed. He was an active member of Eden Mennonite Church and enjoyed many holdiays and times with his friends and family. He was a car enthrusiast and collector. He enjoyed photography, painting, and taking art courses. After his retirement he continued to enjoy these hobbies as well as developing an interest in golfing and bowling.
John’s family would like to express their gratitude for the excellent care he received at Heritage Village over the last four years. The Chilliwack Alzheimers Soceity was very supportive of John in his illness and family would like to encourage donations made to the Society to assist them to contine their work. We would also like to thank Dr. Brodie for his many years of care.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm February 24, 2015, at the Eden Mennonite Church with a reception to follow.