August "Pat" Peters
05/12/1933 - 02/16/2020
Obituary for August "Pat" Peters
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of August “Pat” Peters who died February 16th 2020 in Fairview, Alberta.
Pat was born in Fairview May 12th 1933. When he was 6 months old his parents moved his family to a homestead west of Hines Creek. Pat attended school at Hinterland, and later was bussed to the Hines Creek school.
After leaving school, he was employed by Satre’s Sawmill during the winter. Realizing this was not for him, he left and enrolled in the Welding Program at SAIT. In 1954, he and his brother Hans started Peters Service station in Worsley. During this time, he met the love of his life, Velma Allen, and married her in 1959.
Shortly after, in 1960, Pat and Velma decided it was time to grow their family and they had their first son Barry. In 1963 they had their daughter, Dawn, soon followed by their second son, Rodney in 1964.
In 1961, he purchased Cockshutt Farm Equipment business in Worsley that he operated until purchasing the Cockshutt Farm Equipment business in Fairview in 1965. One year later, he moved his growing family to Fairview. Pat operated Peters Farm Supply in Fairview for 23 years. Over the years he employed many members of the Fairview community and built it into a thriving family business which was later led by his two sons.
In 1989, after a long and successful career, he decided it was time to retire. During his retirement, Pat was always on the go. Alongside his wife, he traveled to many countries throughout Europe, adventured on cruises, and eventually purchased a lot in Mesa, Arizona where they spent most of their winters. One of his favorite pastimes was golfing which he enjoyed year-round on the Fairview course in the summer and in Arizona in the winters. An antiques collector, Pat also enjoyed tinkering with his “toys” which included refurbishing hundred-year-old motors and finding priceless heirlooms from the good ol’ days. He also enjoyed helping his son Rod and grandchildren build their log cabin and enjoyed many campfires there afterward. Above all else, one of Pat’s greatest joys was spending time with his 12 grandchildren all of whom have fond memories of fishing, quading, golfing and laughing with their grandpa.
Pat is survived by his wife Velma, children Barry (Cindy), Dawn Skogen (Claude), Rodney (Julie), twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sister Teddy Baldry, brothers Herman (Marilyn), Hans (Lily), Ike (Aletha).
He is pre-deceased by his parents Leise & August Peters, sister Linde Foster, brother in-law Ken Baldry.
A ‘Celebration of Life’ service is to be held at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church on February 21, 2020 at 11:00 am.
Memorial donations may be made to STARS or the Fairview Palliative Care Society.
10911 123 Street
Grande Prairie AB T8V 7Z3
Fairview Palliative Care Society
PO Box 552
Fairview Alberta T0H 1L0
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home Fairview
Fairview, AB T0H 1L0
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