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Date of Passing: Oct 26, 2018

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PETER EDWIN FALK Peter passed away unexpectedly on October 26, 2018 at the age of 62. Peter is survived by his brother Karl (Nadia) Falk; sister Roswieta Falk; nieces, Rebecca Brooks, Erica (Sebastien) Ball and Laura (Ryan) Harby; nieces' children, Tessa and Cedric (their father Kevin) Brooks, Meredith Ball and baby Harby due in February. Also bereft are his aunts, Margarete Dorber and Helen (Roy) Millar; uncle Kuno (Magda) Neumann; numerous cousins, especially Liese Dorber, Bob (Joy) Unrau and Murray Falk; and other relatives in Canada, the United States and Germany. He was predeceased by his mother Maria Falk in December, 2017 as well as his father Peter Falk in 2011. Peter grew up in Winnipeg. He attended high school at Dakota Collegiate, where he was a member of the 1974 and 1975 Dakota Lancers men's basketball teams who were inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. It was on that court that he earned the nickname "Bear." Later, as a coach, he was happy to share what he had learned (especially from Dale Bradshaw) with young players in schools (including Sisler Spartans varsity girls), community clubs, and provincial juvenile boys' and provincial juvenile girls' teams. Peter coached the Dakota Collegiate Lancers varsity women's basketball teams back to back provincial championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, Peter was named Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Peter studied at the University of New Brunswick School of Law, articled in Toronto, and returned to Winnipeg to practice. He was an avid collector, especially of coins and cars, but also of practical jokes, riddles and puns which he sometimes shared. Peter will be interred at 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, followed by a celebration of his life at 3:30 p.m. at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Church). Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Peter's memorial page at Those who so wish may make a donation in Peter's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Y4 ( or a charity/cause of choice. INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204 295 5408 -
Publish Date: Nov 10, 2018

PETER EDWIN FALK Unexpectedly on October 26, 2018, Peter passed away. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and great-uncle. A lawyer by profession, Peter was, at heart, a Dakota "Lancer." Basketball was a big part of his life, first as a player and then as a coach, leading to many lasting friendships. A longer obituary will appear in a future Saturday paper. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in photo-tribute, stories and condolences by visiting Peter's memorial page at INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204 295 5408 -
Publish Date: Nov 3, 2018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 03, 2018, Nov 10, 2018

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Rest thee well Pete. I guess they need some great guys up there. Miss you and your counsel. - Posted by: Paul Shawa Sr (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the Family. Peter (Bear) was a kind and generous man. He will be missed by all that knew him. - Posted by: Dean alfonso (Friend) on: Apr 16, 2019

  • Kind, funny, warm, gravitas, gifted, presence, leader. These words come to mind when I think of Peter. Last year when my wife said she had met him, basketball came up, and he had asked her to say hello, I let her know she had met a man's man and told her some stories. Some people are special. I remember the first time I saw him in 1975, always happy meetings since then, and the last time I visited with him last summer. I guess we're old enough now to understand that even people like Peter go. When they leave, they leave a hole. We are lucky to have shared his company while he was here. - Posted by: Cory Lewis (Had the pleasure of his company on occasion) on: Mar 19, 2019

  • When we were all teenagers, 62 yrs old was old, not now. My brothers Jim & Don knew “Bear” better than I did. Regardless, to me, Bear was bigger than life, as so many of the Lancers were. “You can take the boy out of St. Vital, but you can’t take St. Vital out out of the boy. Class of 1978, and recently retired from RBC after 37 yrs. Terry Robertson. - Posted by: Terry Robertson (DCI team mate) on: Nov 14, 2018

  • I'm so sorry to hear of the passing Peter (Bear) he was a a great friend and teammate we had plenty of laughs over the years on and off the court at Dakota. I hadn't seen Peter in quite a few year's but i always had a fond memory of the times we did see each other. Peter will be missed by all his friends,family and teammates he played with and coached R.I.P. DEAR FRIEND GRAY (Graham Wilcox) - Posted by: Graham Wilcox (Good friend) on: Nov 13, 2018

  • Bear has been part of my life for what seems like forever. From youth to adults we went thru life. Thru the highs and lows Peter was always there. I can proudly say Peter was one of my closest Best Friends. Going to miss The Bear so much. You were a Good Person and a Good Friend Mr. Peter E Falk - Posted by: Ken, Linda,Aimee and Danielle Lamirande - (One of my Best Friends) on: Nov 13, 2018

  • So so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. It seems so surreal, I still can’t believe it. Pete “The Bear” really was a larger- than -life figure in a lot of our lives. A wonderful person to know & be around, he always seemed to have a smile on his face, and would be there for you when you needed him. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. Maybe they’ll have a basketball court up there for you. Really gonna miss you Pete. Take care “Bear” & R.I.P buddy! From your friend, Ken Kiraly - Posted by: Ken Kiraly (High School teammate & friend) on: Nov 12, 2018

  • Not fair! Bear always had a surprise for friends, we didn't need this one. We'll miss you Peter. A great player, and even better leader and a very close friend. Others have written of his playing and coaching career; ( by the way his girls won two provincials) and know this; his players, team mates, coaches and friends loved him as did I. Bear was a gold medal winner at law school, in provincial championships and in living. I was proud to coach him and honoured to become a friend in real life. So long to the "captain". Dale and Heather Bradshaw - Posted by: Dale Bradshaw (Coach/Friend) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • Coach Falk was my coach at Dakota and led us to back to back provincial championships. He was a fair and kind coach. He will not be forgotten. - Posted by: TL (Friend) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • Uncle Peter was more than an uncle. He was a good friend. A very wise soul, he helped me become a better man. The suddeness is heartbreaking because I couldn't wait to see him again. 6foot 2 or 6foot 3.....the world has lost a giant. - Posted by: Kevin (Nephew ) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • So sad to learn that Peter is gone. I too have memories of singing Doobie Brothers’ Oh Black Water on the bus on the way back from Luther basketball tournament in Regina. On the Rugby field Peter and I were joined at the hip, at second row. I have booked flight Tuesday from Vancouver to make it to the Celebration of Life at 3:30 to offer my respects. Will see you there Rod. Too sad. Roy Nieuwenburg. - Posted by: Roy Nieuwenburg (Friend) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • I was DCI Principal as Peter Falk guided our Varsity Girls to a Provincial. Championship and several finals. He was a non-teacher coach but a “real teacher” in his role as community volunteer coach. Respect, commitment, and always his players welfare was his prime focus. He loved basketball as a tool for teaching key life skills and that commitment never wavered! Peter-will be missed but his Lancer values live on in so many of his former players! RIP! - Posted by: Wayne Ruff (Friend) on: Nov 06, 2018

  • I am truly saddened to hear of Peter's passing. I remember him always cheerful and ready with a smile. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Karen Ausmus (nee Drummond) (Went to School With Him) on: Nov 05, 2018

  • So sorry for your loss. Anytime I think of my high school days I always have special memories of the Basketball teams and the celebrations. Peter was fondly known to us as Bear, he was a larger than life character, a skilled basketball player and a leader at the school. I remember in the warm up routine he would juggle 3 basketballs, hand one to John, one to Dana to each dunk and then he would dunk the last - amazing and intimidating for the opposition! It was good to catch up with Bear at Dakota reunion events and in Victoria at Deja Vu. He will be missed and the world has lost another bright light. R.I.P Bear! - Posted by: Laurel Hann (Friend for Dakota) on: Nov 04, 2018

  • He was my captain on our basketball team. Leading up to one of my oldest and longest friendships. Bear was my best friend. When I needed him he was there always even at my lowest times. He was uncle to my children and became family to us. We will miss him deeply. - Posted by: Rod McDowell and family (Brett and Nikki) (Friends who become family) on: Nov 03, 2018

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