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Born: Jul 13, 1952

Date of Passing: Feb 09, 2021

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There is a little less plaid in the world today.
February 9, 2021, Peter Edmund Firlotte passed peacefully in his sleep after losing his battle with colon cancer.
He was preceded by his parents, Peter E. Firlotte Sr. and M. Jean (Carley) Firlotte; and his sister Anita Firlotte Banach (Jim). He is survived by his loving wife Nancy Gouliquer; and his cherished twins, Margaret and Peter ("PJ"). Also survived by his sisters, Judith (Mike) and Susan (Doug); and brother Tom (Susan). He leaves many treasured nieces and nephews, Natalie, Charlotte, Amber, Brian, Arlene, Rob, Michael, Amanda, Georgie, Theo, Catherine, Yaseen, and Zaid. Also survived by many, many cousins.
Pete was born July 13, 1952 in Montreal where he was raised and went to school, CJIP and University. He spent 10 years as a commercial aviation pilot and flew more than 35 types of aircraft on wheels, floats, and skis. He worked in diverse fields as a Medevac Pilot, Forest Fire Suppression Pilot, IFR Flight Instructor, and Civil Aviation Pilot. In 1984 he joined Transport Canada as a Civil Aviation Planning Officer. He next spent several years as a Regional Safety Officer. Later as a Civil Aviation Inspector in Special Projects he headed up diverse files such as UAV (Drone) Regulation, Special Prosecutor, Testing for Special Medical License Applications, and others. ("And this, and this, and this…") At the same time, he made a name for himself as a Union Rep and according to his friends in the CFPA: (sic) "Pete always liked to present himself as 'just a dumb bush pilot' however he was anything but. While Pete could be an acquired taste for some, he was a giant personality who endeavoured every day to make the world a better place."
Pete lived his life to the fullest during his retirement. He enjoyed motorcycle trips across the continent, in S. Africa, Nepal, Morocco, and across Europe. He took numerous dive trips in Mexico, Roatan, and in Indonesia on the Great Reefs. He travelled Canada and spent long days at the cabin soaking up the 'dock-time' and the sunsets.
Pete was an amazing father who spoiled his kids and supported their endeavours. He encouraged them in getting their pilot's licenses, took them to Mexico on dive trips, motorcycled with PJ, and drove to Red Lake to rescue Margaret in the 'feisty moose incident'.
Pete was a loyal friend although he also said; 'fragile egos need not apply'! Left to miss him are his coterie of loyal friends, acquaintances, neighbours, aviation mates, and adventuresome souls who accompanied him on his many travels, escapades, scrapes, brushes with the law, explorations, and shenanigans over the years.

Pete said, "Thanks for being my friend".

Pete, we will miss you.
We wish you blue skies and tailwinds.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Hi Nancy We were very saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. We only came to learn of this today. I first met Pete when he was one of my first multi IFR instructors in 1980. Years later Pete and I worked together at Transport Canada. Pete in fact helped me prep for my interview and mentored me as a young Civil Aviation Inspector. Barb and I have great memories of dinner parties together that went on to the wee hours. Although Pete and I lost touch over the years after I left Transport and joined AirBC , Barb and I have often thought fondly of the good times we had together. We send you and your family our prayers as you mourn the loss of a husband and father’. - Posted by: Doug and Barb Catterall (Ex flying buddy) on: May 12, 2022

  • My condolences to Pete’s family and many friends at his loss. I worked with Pete in Transport Canada and, while we sat on opposite sides of the union/management table and shared a disagreement or two, I always appreciated his intellect, his humour and straightforward approach. With a smile I remember his insistence at wearing shorts in all weather below forty degrees and cycling to work in the winter. He made both an impression and a difference. - Posted by: David Murray (Co-worker) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • I will always remember Pete's smile and laugh at the brunch table when my dad would bring me along for "brunch with the guys" (for the last 35+ years!), and he was one I always enjoyed seeing. Much love to you, Nancy and family. - Posted by: Jessica ((Jerry's daughter)) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • As the office manager of the pilots union on which Pete sat as an Executive Member for years, I know what his sense of humour (and occasional irreverence for “management”) lightened many a boring meeting. Pete buoyed me up when I went through a huge cancer scare. He was a rare and wonderful human. RIP. - Posted by: willi Johnston (Co- worker) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • What a lovely obituary this is! What struck me most about Pete was his sense of humour and adventure. He liked to have fun! And he knew how to make things fun for other people. I will always remember that reassuring talk we had about "hitting a pocket" that time I was sure we were falling out of the sky to our deaths on the way to New Orleans. Chris has fond memories of Pete teaching him when we went through his Aviation Safety Officer training. He had an intrepid and adventurous soul and I'm sure everyone who spent even a little bit of time with him will truly miss him. Take care Nancy, Margaret and PJ. Hope to see you again soon once the pandemic allows us all to get together again. - Posted by: Janet La France (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Pete Firlotte was first and foremost a gentleman reminiscent of days gone by, and then there was that twinkle in his eye. He’d drop the punch line or surprise ending to a story with a straight face with his fantastic humour. I never saw it coming, which made it even funnier. Such an intelligent, kind and gentle man, I feel grateful to have known him in my early motorcycle days. To Nancy, Margaret and PJ and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Shirley Leontowicz (fellow motorcycle enthusiast) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Pete was a great friend of Garry and me. I labeled him as "Pete of the long goodbyes" as he and Garry would spend hours at the end of the evening saying goodbye at the doorway and I just wanted to go to bed. Garry and Pete delivered briefings to the private sector aviation companies and I'm sure they wowed the crowd with their iconoclastic comments about government regulations. Garry really loved and admired Pete. Love to Nancy. I wish I'd gotten to know your twins. - Posted by: Brenda Cooke (friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Sending love and warm thoughts to Pete’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing and joking with Pete on Sunday mornings. - Posted by: Joan (Server at Garwood Grill) on: Feb 20, 2021

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