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PETER FUNDER RASMUSSEN Ph.D., P. Eng. Quietly, in the peacefulness of his home, surrounded by his family, Peter Funder Rasmussen left this world at the age of 54, after a courageous fight with cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Hélène Bilodeau, children, Rosalie, Samuel (Sharona Reid), and Christine Rasmussen (Taylor Beaudry), grandchildren, Alice and Peter Rasmussen, as well as his loving mother, Kirsten Rasmussen, brother, Jorgen Rasmussen (Ermita Aspoen), sister, Hanne Larsen (Carsten). He will also be dearly missed by his brother-in-law, Pierre Savard (Sylvie Giguère), sisters-in-law, Claire Savard (Maurice Phénix), Chantale Bilodeau (Jack Le Deschesne), Lily-Anne Bilodeau (Denis Tremblay), and many nephews and nieces. Peter arrived in Canada from Denmark in 1991 to do his post-doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at INRS-Eau, in Quebec City. In 1999, he moved to Winnipeg to pursue his career as a professor at the University of Manitoba. Well-loved for his devoted and caring nature, and respected for his dedication and passion, he will undoubtedly be missed by many. A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Friday, January 13, at 12:00 p.m. at the University of Manitoba, in Robert B. Shultz. The ceremony will be broadcast live at http://talbot.cc.umanitoba.ca/legacy/events/peter_rasmussen.html and video-recorded for later viewing. Lunch will be offered after the ceremony. One of Peter's great joys in life was going for walks in Kings Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the purchase of a commemorative bench to be installed in the park. For more details, go to www.ejcoutu.com or call 204-253-5086.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2017

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Most often I remember Dr. Rasmussen as I have remembered him today. He is somehow connected to the misfortune of my life on one occasion. Today I just sent an e-mail seeking his advice. It bounced back and then after searching in Google I have got to know that he is no more in this planet. He was indeed a very nice person. He will definitely be missed by many of us. May God rest his soul in eternal peace! - Posted by: Md. Safiuddin () on: Jun 16, 2017

  • Sincere condolences to family and all Engineering faculty members. - Posted by: Bryan PURDY (life time professional engineer ) on: Jan 29, 2017

  • Peter was warm and friendly and a blessing to the U of Manitoba. My deepest condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of Peter. May God comfort you. Bruce, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - Posted by: Bruce Paizen, P.Eng. (friend) on: Jan 26, 2017

  • As a child, I would often go to the Rasmussens to play with the kids, church activities, sleepovers...etc. Peter was always sweet and fun with young and old. I am praying for the family. God bless - Posted by: Alice Rapino (Member of QBC) on: Jan 14, 2017

  • I am very sad to hear about the illness and death of my dear friend, Peter. Peter and I went to the same class in high school in Grindsted, Denmark. It was great fun and I just liked his way of being. With a smile I remember how we boys in gymnastics were playing hockey until we were extremely exhausted – before having another lesson in math or physics. After high school we both went studying in Copenhagen where we often saw each other along with other friends from high school for dinner or party. When Peter, in 1991, went over the ocean to Canada, we were separated, but I still hoped and believed that we someday would see each other again. Although I was happy knowing he had found the love of his life and had settled down with his own family. In memory of Peter I have been listening to an old song which he liked many years ago: Randy Crawford’s – “One day I’ll fly away” …. So long, Peter. - Posted by: Tommy Fisker Sørensen (Old friend from high school) on: Jan 14, 2017

  • Dear Helene and family, Loosing a loved one is an immense trial. May the Lord be your greatest comfort in this time of grieving. God bless you all, Sincerely yours Elaine - Posted by: Elaine Wait (Member ofnQuebec Baptist Church) on: Jan 13, 2017

  • Peter and I worked together three or four beautifull summer holidays in the public outdoor swimming pool in Grindsted, Denmark. Peter managed the Ticket Office and I was a lifeguard. Peter was warm, kind and friendly and he loved to play with the children, who came to swim. We had a lot of fun, telling jokes, planning parties for the staff or just sit and be bored on a rainy day. Then our paths departed and Peter went to Copenhagen to study, I went to another city to study. Time passed on and suddenly Peter went to Canada, met his wife and became his own family. We haven´t seen each other for maybe 30 years. I did not know that Peter had taken ill with the worst disease and I was shocked, when I read the death notice in the local paper in Grindsted. My condolences to Peter´s family. Peter was a good friend and I will miss him. RIP - Posted by: Bodil Antonsen (Friend from the eighties) on: Jan 12, 2017

  • Peter and I worked together three or four beautifull summer holidays in the public outdoor swimming pool in Grindsted, Denmark. Peter managed the Ticket Office and I was a lifeguard. Peter was warm, kind and friendly and he loved to play with the children, who came to swim. We had a lot of fun, telling jokes, planning parties for the staff or just sit and be bored on a rainy day. Then our paths departed and Peter went to Copenhagen to study, I went to another city to study. Time passed on and suddenly Peter went to Canada, met his wife and became his own family. We haven´t seen each other for maybe 30 years. I did not know that Peter had taken ill with the worst disease and I was shocked, when I read the death notice in the local paper in Grindsted. My condolences to Peter´s family. Peter was a good friend and I will miss him.RIP - Posted by: Bodil Antonsen (Friend from the eighties) on: Jan 12, 2017

  • We have such happy memories of Peter when he and Hélène lived in Québec. Our sincere sympathies to each member of the family. - Posted by: Don and Donna Neilson (friends) on: Jan 11, 2017

  • My deep condolences to Peter’s family. It is really very hard to believe. I had the privilege of being his first graduate student (PhD) in the University of Manitoba between 2000 and 2006. During those days, I have learned a lot from him. Peter was very friendly to his graduate students. Peter and Helene were inviting us together with our families to their house for a dinner. Peter was also volunteering to teach guitar to the kids from the neighborhood. My son is one of those kids who is still playing bass guitar. I was waiting for a conference to meet with him. I will miss you so much with many warm memories Peter. - Posted by: BERTUG AKINTUG, PhD. (Assist. Prof. Dr. in the Middle East Technical University, Cyprus) (Peter's former graduate (PhD) student and colleague.) on: Jan 10, 2017

  • My deep condolences to Peter's family and friends. I had the privilege of being taught by and then teaching together with Peter at the U of Manitoba between 2002 and 2006. He brought statistics to life, as much as that is possible, and his passion for water resources was clear in his teaching. We have all lost a patient and intelligent man, a good teacher and engineer. - Posted by: Tim Krahn (Former student & teaching colleague) on: Jan 10, 2017

  • Dr. Rasmussen taught me two undergraduate courses in around 2004/2005. He was a great teacher who taught very clearly and meticulously, and really helped his students to understand the material. He was a genuinely kind and friendly person, and I really enjoyed having him as a professor. This is a sad loss for the University of Manitoba, and for the civil engineering community in Winnipeg. - Posted by: Bjorn Radstrom (Former student) on: Jan 09, 2017

  • Our deepest condolences to all of Peter's family - Posted by: Abdelwahed naoui (Peter's student at uofm) on: Jan 09, 2017

  • I worked with Peter in Civil Engineering briefly in 2003, and again recently when I returned to the department to work with the Water Resources group. Peter was a calm and kind person, but also strong and focused when necessary. I will miss chatting with him at work, during a Christmas luncheon or get-togethers with the group. My sincere condolences to Peter's family, friends and colleagues. No doubt he will be terribly missed. - Posted by: Chris Cowan (Coworker) on: Jan 09, 2017

  • I was shocked and saddened to learn of Peter's passing as I had not known that he was ill. When we had occasion to meet and chat, which was invariably at a conference (most often CSCE), it was always enjoyable for me. He had a nicely calm demeanor. I know that Peter was a valued member of his department at U of M; he will be missed. I extend my sincere condolences to Peter's family and trust that many warm memories of him will be of great comfort in the days ahead. With sympathy, Jim Kells Professor of Civil Engineering University of Saskatchewan - Posted by: Jim Kells (Professional; both engineering professors) on: Jan 07, 2017

  • Our deepest condolences to all of you. We are thinking of all of you at this time and offer our most sincere sympathy. - Posted by: Joan Hreno and Loren Keleher, Spencer Keleher and Myles Keleher (Friend of son, Sam Rasmussen) on: Jan 07, 2017

  • When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you now have an angel to watch over you. Andre and I extend our most sincere condolences to you and your beautiful family. - Posted by: Mireille Boutin and Andre Dubois (Longtime friend of Helene) on: Jan 07, 2017

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances Hélène, ainsi qu'à toute ta famille. Je pense à vous en ce moment si difficile. - Posted by: Louise Legal-Perrin (Amie et ancienne collègue ) on: Jan 07, 2017

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