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Born: Feb 25, 1938
Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 25, 1938 - June 5, 2021
He leaves his deeply loved wife of almost 60 years, Jane. He was a loving father of Lee Anne (Keith) Murphy; Susan (Rick) Kukat and Michael Armstrong, and proud grandfather of Ryan Murphy, Brent Murphy, Peter Kukat and Stephanie Kukat.
Peter was proud of his service to Canada. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1958. Peter met his future wife, Jane, in Portage la Prairie, while she was administering an eye examination as part of his aircrew medical. He would say with a twinkle that he had his eye on her from that time. They both ended up being posted to Germany near Baden Baden. They married in Lac La Biche, Alberta on August 19, 1961. Peter's career brought the family back to Canada where they moved more than 20 times during stints with the Canadian Forces and the Public Service. He was a long-time member of Charleswood United Church and past master of St. James Masonic Lodge #121.
In retirement, Peter and Jane were able to visit many parts of the globe and winter in Texas. Among the highlights were trips to the Maritimes and especially Newfoundland and Northern Canada and Alaska. An avid golfer and dancer, Peter was also devoted fan of the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The family will be forever grateful that our Mom was able to provide loving care to our Dad at home until just prior to his passing. Special thanks to the ALS Society of Manitoba Palliative Care team, the Movement Disorder Clinic and Riverview Health Centre for their wonderful support.
A private family service was held June 8, 2021. Cremation has taken place. The family will host a celebration of Peter's life at a later date.
Charitable donations to the ALS Society of Manitoba or the Siloam Mission of Winnipeg would be appreciated.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Jane, our hearts are broken. We have only known one another for a few years, but our relationship with both of you is very special. Travelling with you was always a treat for us. We have such wonderful memories of those times together. Peter was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. I loved his wit and I enjoyed the many conversations we had as we travelled. Your love for one another and your family is very evident. I know you will lean on them as you seek comfort during this difficult time. Take care of yourself my friend. Eric and Karen - Posted by: Eric and Karen Holland (Friends) on: Jun 18, 2021
Condolences to Jane and Family. We are remembering the good times we share during our winters at Pine to Palm. - Posted by: Jim & Margie Murdock (Friends) on: Jun 14, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Jane and family. May all your memories help comfort you during this very sad time. Nina - Posted by: Nina Flath-Christie (Daughter of Gary Flath friends of Peter and Jane ) on: Jun 13, 2021
Pete and I were posted to Europe at the same time in 1960. He was a joy to talk with and had a wonderful sense of humour. He could recite Robert Service’s poems from memory and entertained all with them. - Posted by: Dave Work (Course mate as flight cadets RCAF) on: Jun 13, 2021
Jane, I share your sorrow. My memory of you and Peter was of a sweet couple, fun to be around at Pine to Palm. For you and your family my deepest condolences. - Posted by: Judy Meaden (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2021
So sorry to learn of Peter's passing, Strange how things happen. Just 2 days ago, we were thinking of you both and remembering all the good times we had in Texas and back here in MB. Very special memories. Hugs and prayers to you. - Posted by: Merle and Patrick (friends) on: Jun 12, 2021
Our condolences to Jane and family. We will always have fond memories of Peter. The 444 colors reunion is one that sticks out in our minds. He will be missed. Linda and Dave Winmill - Posted by: Dave and Linda Winmill (Friends) on: Jun 12, 2021
To Jane and family, Today we learned of Peter’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. Peter and I were on the same course through our pilot training days. Although we haven’t been in contact for several years, Molly and I have many fond memories of you and Peter. Sincerely, Jim and Molly Gillespie - Posted by: Jim and Molly Gillespie (Friends) on: Jun 12, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Peter, Jane & family. Peter had such a welcoming smile and presence on our street. Thanks for being great neighbours. Myrna Clark Pine to Palm, Texas - Posted by: Myrna Clark (Pine to palm neighbour) on: Jun 12, 2021
Our sincere condolences Jane to you and your family. May wonderful memories bring you and your family comfort!! - Posted by: Noreen and Ken Watt (Ftiend) on: Jun 12, 2021
Peter and Jane were long time winter residents at Pine to Palm in Weslaco TX. Peter was always kind and friendly towards all of us. A nice man is how I would describe him and remember him. - Posted by: Helga Henkel (Pine to Palm friend) on: Jun 12, 2021
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Peter's family. My thoughts are with you as you go through this sad time. RIP Peter Evelyn Skinner - Posted by: Evelyn Skinner (Neighbor in Pine to Palm Park in Texas) on: Jun 12, 2021
Our deepest sympathies Jane to you and your family. He was such a lovely man. - Posted by: Therese and Rene Tallaire (Friends) on: Jun 12, 2021
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