Peter Gerhard Dueck passed away peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2012 in Vancouver, BC. He was born June 15, 1925. He immigrated to Canada from Russia, as a child. He grew up in Bossevain, Manitoba and moved to the Fraser Valley as a young man. He met his wife, raised his family and spent most of his years in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Peter lived his final years with Lena in Vancouver.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lena, with whom he shared 62 wonderful years. They had six children, Karen Low Ah Kee (Noel), Kenneth Dueck, Beverly Durvin (Rick), Elaine Tessaro-deceased (Jim), Warren Dueck (Lynne) and Robert Dueck (Sharon). Peter was also blessed with twenty grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He loved his family and was never more pleased than to be with them at family events.
Peter was a man that influenced many through his business and his faith. He had the courage to do what others believed couldn’t be done. He saw past the immediate with a vision of the future. He was a generous man with his time and wealth and expected nothing in return.
Peter was a successful entrepreneur, co-founding Dueck Building Supplies with his father and brother, in 1949, and building it into a thriving business with stores throughout the Fraser Valley. He started and acquired several businesses. They included manufacturing with sales in Canada and around the world and real estate projects in Canada and the US. Locally his vision led to the development of the Seven Oaks Mall, West Oaks Mall and Clearbrook Town Centre in Abbotsford.
Peter dedicated his life to sharing his Christian faith with family, friends and colleagues. He took the leadership of Campus Crusade for Christ in Canada and served twenty years on the board of Briercrest College and Seminary in Saskatchewan. He was a long-time supporter of various other Christian ministries across Canada and abroad.
A Viewing will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.
A celebration of his life will be held on Monday February 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.
In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be left at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com