July 13, 1924 – Dec. 23, 2010
These boots were bought for working…
They served Peter well and long.
Sadly, Peter and his partners,
Have sung a last swan song.
Go in peace, old P.K.
Rest your oh-so-weary head,
We recall you working in these boots,
Now you’re resting well instead!
Being a prairie child who grew up in the Dirty 30’s, Peter learned to make do with the equipment at hand. As a result, he made his way through life, forever ‘inventing’. Sometimes we chuckled at his inventions but we have had to concede that these very inventions were often quite brilliant. He truly loved working with his hands!
In the mid-1960’s he settled in Chilliwack and bought the Green Gables Motel. When that was sold, he bought some new work boots and began doing odd jobs throughout the area… building houses, rototilling in the spring and fall and snow-blowing in the winter. He and all his faithful boots worked together for many a year, until Peter decided to ‘slow down’ a bit. At that time, this pair of well-worn boots were retired, but Peter still puttered about in his garage for a few more years.
Peter leaves his wife, Enid, son Larry (Elaine) of Comox, his step-family Ian (Lise), Chilliwack, Sandi (Edd) of Chilliwack, Ross (Shelly) of Airdrie, Alberta, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their children.
A private family gathering will be held later to remember the life of Peter. If friends so wish, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Chilliwack, a group which has made a huge difference in our lives!
Thank you to the many people, most notably the care workers at Glenwood Care Home, Agassiz, who helped Peter and family. Such kindness has been shown to all of us!