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PETER BURTNIAK Peacefully at 2:54 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2004, with family by his side, Peter Burtniak passed away at Seven Oaks General Hospital at the age of 79. Peter was born in Fork River, MB on March 26, 1925. He was predeceased by his parents, father Fred Burtniak in 1956, and mother Pearl Kalinchuk Burtniak in 1976; brother John in April, 1989; sister Lena in March, 2001; and brother Steve in April, 2001. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife of 55 years, Olive, daughter Audrey and son-in-law Michael (Rasch), daughter Arlene and son-in-law Robert (Ferguson), son Calvin and daughter-in-law Nadia (Burtniak), his loving grandchildren, Janelle and Daniel (Dupont), and Austin and Tyler (Burtniak), sister Ann (Trudeau), as well as many nieces and nephews. Peter enjoyed watching all sports, playing cards, gardening, music, travelling, and most of all spending quality time with his family. He was engaged in farming for many years and was very active in farm organizations. During the Second World War, he served in the Fort Garry Horse Active Reserve Army Corps. In the early 50s, he was actively involved with the Manitoba Farmers Union, Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and Manitoba Pool Elevators. In the 60s, he operated a farm implement dealership in Fork River, MB. Peter was active in politics as a member of the New Democratic Party. On several occasions he served as the President or Vice-President of both the Federal and Provincial Constituencies of Dauphin and Elthelbert Plains. In 1969, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Dauphin Plains Constituency. After being elected, he became Minister of Tourism and Recreation, and Minister of Cultural Affairs. In 1971, he was appointed Minister of Highways and Minister responsible for the Manitoba Telephone System, and also served as President of Roads and Transportation of Canada. In 1976, he became Minister and Chairman of the Board for Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation, while continuing his Highways portfolio. In 1982, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Manitoba Transport Board, a position he held until 1988, when he retired from public office to enjoy life with his wife, Olive, and family. He especially loved being "Pappy" to his four beautiful grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff and doctors at the Geriatric Ward (Unit 6) of Seven Oaks General Hospital, and especially to the doctors and nurses at ICU for their kindness, caring and support. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Robert Ferguson, Terry Ferguson, Gerald Johnston, Louis Pascal, Kevin Schendel and Colin Schendel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Peter Burtniak. May he rest in peace and may God have mercy on his soul. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind... is to never die. Arrangements entrusted to: GLEN EDEN FUNERAL HOME 4477 MAIN STREET 338-7111 Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolences at www.gleneden-mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 12, 2004