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Born: May 10, 1940

Date of Passing: Jun 21, 2007

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THE HONOURABLE PETER M. LIBA C.M., O.M, LL.D. On June 21, 2007 The Honourable Peter M. Liba passed away at the family cottage on Lake of the Woods at the age of 67 years. Peter leaves to mourn his loving wife Shirley; daughter Jennifer (Dale) Lacombe of Winnipeg; sons, Jeffrey (Julie Rempel) of Edmonton and Christopher Liba of Winnipeg; grandchildren, Kelsey Lacombe, Jordan Lacombe, Madison Lacombe and Sophie Liba; brother Ted Liba; sister-in-law Pat and nieces, Catherine Lys and Kristen Liba; sister-in-law Wendy Collett and mother-in-law Bertha Collett. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Rose Liba. His Honour the Honourable Peter M. Liba was installed as Manitoba's 22nd Lieutenant Governor on March 2, 1999. Before assuming the highest office in the province, representing The Queen as Manitoba's head of state, Mr. Liba was a Canadian broadcasting executive with a distinguished record of community service. He was named to the Order of Canada in 1984 and awarded Canada's 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in 1992. Appointed as the first Member of the Order of Manitoba on its creation in 1999, His Honour served as Chancellor of the Order, Manitoba's highest honour. He was installed as a Knight of Justice of the Order of St. John in 1999, and served as Vice Prior for Manitoba. Mr. Liba received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001. A life-long Manitoban, His Honour was born May 10, 1940 in Winnipeg, where he was raised and educated. He started his career in 1957 as a journalist with The Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic and The Neepawa Press. In 1959, he joined The Winnipeg Tribune, where he covered the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba before being appointed City Editor in 1967. In 1974, Mr. Liba began a long and successful association with the CanWest Global Group of Companies, and was one of the founding shareholders. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CKND Television in Manitoba and SaskWest Television in Saskatchewan from 1988 to 1994. In 1993, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of CanWest Global Communications Corp., with responsibilities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Chile. He served on the Board of Directors of Atomic Energy of Canada from 1981 to 1986. Mr. Liba was named Broadcaster of the Decade in 1994 by the Western Association of Broadcasters and in 1998 was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1999, he received the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' highest honour, a Special Gold Ribbon Award commemorating his appointment as Lieutenant Governor and acknowledging his outstanding contributions to the Canadian private broadcasting industry, his community and to Canada. In 2001, His Honour received the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award and the Golden Dragon Citizen of the Year Award from the Chinese community. His business career was matched by numerous charitable and volunteer roles. He served as a Director of St. Boniface General Hospital from 1987 to 1999 and as Chairman of the Board from 1992 until his appointment as Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Liba was Founding Chairman of the Variety Club Telethon, which has raised more than $15 million for disabled and disadvantaged children in Manitoba. He served as President and a Director of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and as a Director of the Manitoba Heart Foundation, Canadian Association of Christians and Jews (Prairie Region), Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Winnipeg's Refugee Assistance Committee. He also held elective office as a Trustee of Transcona-Springfield School Board. Making a difference. That was our father's, grandfather's and husband's motto in life and what he instilled in the lives of his family. His accolades are impressive, but his greatest accomplishments were largely kept private and reserved for his family. Peter married Shirley Ann Collett in 1963. Together they raised three children, Jennifer (married to Dale Lacombe), Jeffrey (married to Julie Rempel) and Christopher. In 1993, a new title was bestowed upon him with the birth of his first grandchild, Kelsey, followed by Jordan and Madison Lacombe and then Sophie Liba. His love for his grandkids was undeniable. Grandpa Petey's face lit up every time they walked through the door and despite his busy schedule, he somehow managed to attend dance recitals, hockey games and other important family events. He also enjoyed scheduling lunch dates with his grandchildren, taking them wherever they wanted to go. Memories are endless. Cottage life was a huge part of our family. Watching our Dad swim in the frigid waters of Lake Winnipeg and later on at Clearwater Bay (determined to be the first one in on the May long weekend) never admitting that the ice floes on the water might mean it's still a little chilly, will be forever imprinted in our hearts. Captain Peter was always at the helm of his boat encouraging the kids to go tubing, knee boarding, or water skiing just so he could drive his ship Jelicho (named after his 3 kids) and share in the fun! He and Mom would often take long boat rides enjoying the beauty of the lake and time with each other. Dad loved Florida. For decades, Mom and Dad traveled back and forth over the winter months to spend time at their condominium in Longboat Key. With the birth of every grandchild came the promise of a special trip to Florida with just them and each child. Thankfully, Madison and Sophie will have that trip as a part of their memories as they just returned from their special trip with Grandma and Grandpa late last year. It was in Florida that Dad experimented with cooking. One of the favourite secret family recipes is Dad's own Pete's Pasta'! He will be greatly missed by all his friends from Florida. Dad and Mom loved to travel. His passport includes stamps from Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, South America, and all over North America. CanWest Global was a huge part of Dad's life and he often shared his love of broadcasting with our family. We would like to acknowledge the influence the late Israel (Izzy) Asper had on our family through their strong friendship. Dad, your presence in our family is your greatest legacy. No one loved you more than Mom as she was always by your side, never wavering in her commitment and support during all your years of travel, yet right beside you as the two of you worked together to become true ambassadors of Manitoba. She will miss you. As a father, you instilled in all of us a strong work ethic, encouraged each of us to volunteer in whatever capacity we felt passionate about and gave us the desire to make a difference in our world. As Grandpa Petey, your memory will live on. Possibly it was through your four 'pride and joys' that you learned the most. They taught you how to take it easy, to accept things "just because Grandpa", and to laugh no matter what. They enjoyed spending time with the "left-handed governor" as much as you enjoyed your time with them. You will be in their thoughts for the rest of their lives. To you, we will all Make a Difference in your honour. We love you, will miss you and are very proud of you. Pallbearers are David Asper, Harold Piercy, John Mainella, Walter Palanycia, Phillip Lee and Bill Burdeyny. Honorary Pallbearers are The Honourable Pearl McGonigal, Audrey Chysyk, Georgina Buddick, Allan Ronald, David Fan and Joe Du, Dr. Amarjit Arneja and Glen Laurence. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. a Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor Street with Most Rev. Michael Bzdel, C.Ss.R. and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Mitrat Michael Buyachok presiding. Interment to follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to the Winnipeg Humane Society. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2007

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I am fondly thinking of Mrs. Liba on the passing of The Honourable Peter M. Liba, C.M., O.M.. I remember the very day when the Investiture of the Order of Manitoba was incorporated. - Posted by: Philip Bialk (Manitoba resident) on: Oct 06, 2021

  • I graduated as a 50- something in 2002 from Brandon University. Mr. Liba gave me a big hug along with my degree. That memory has always been very special to me and my family. - Posted by: Maureen Senff () on: May 20, 2014

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