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Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2000

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PETER DAVID LEGER Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Peter David Leger passed away at the age of 55, at the Victoria General Hospital on Sunday, January 16, 2000. Peter is lovingly remembered by: his wife Lea; daughter Jocelyne; son Christian; mother Helen Johns; brother Paul (Jane) Leger, sister Marie (Dick) Snell, sister Simone McGinley, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Peter was predeceased by his father Louis; his sister-in-law Florence Westendorf and his brother-in-law Bill McGinley. Peter was born in St. Boniface, grew up in Norwood and attended: Holy Cross, Otterbourne, St. Pauls High School and St. Pauls College. His teaching career spanned a variety of assignments and locations in the world. For the past 15 years Peter has taught at Churchill High School. Colleagues and students will dearly miss him. Peter had a passion for life. He taught us to appreciate life - smell the roses, taste the wine, hear the music, experience the wonderful world. Peter generously shared his love of learning and thirst for knowledge far beyond the classroom. His community service encompassed many facets including politics, youth groups and fundraising. Everyone who knew him was touched by his presence in their lives. Peters spirit of adventure led him and his family to many parts of the world: the Yukon, Paris, Yemen; just to name a few. Along the way the family acquired many lifelong friends. While in Paris, he studied and taught at Le Cordon Bleu de Paris. His culinary expertise included: cooking for embassies in Paris, Town Hall meals in Dawson City, gourmet wild game feasts in Winnipeg and cooking for many family gatherings, at home and at the lake. Not only was Peter an accomplished chef, he was a connoisseur of fine wines as well. His fellow "monks" will sorely miss his guidance in the winery. While living in Paris, Peter sang in the choir at the Notre Dame Cathedral and had been a long-standing member of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. His enthusiasm and love for the arts added another dimension to our lives. Lea, Jocelyne and Christian were the core of his life. He was also a devoted son to his mother Helen; he was always there for her. His unselfish nature extended to all his family and friends and beyond. Peter had a unique ability to balance all these marvellous aspects of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Peters life will be held on Thursday January 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Leatherdale Gardiner Funeral Chapel, 1501 Waverley St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Man., R3A 1P6; or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Vince Taraska and the exceptional staff of the 4th floor, Victoria General Hospital for their compassionate care. LEATHERDALE GARDINER 1501 Waverley St. 949-4860

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2000

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I was just explaining to my roommate Jerome Crouzilles that my first cousin Lea's late husband Peter had taught at "Le Cordon Bleu" in Paris, France. My roommate took the chef course in Montpellier, France and remembers his name and that he left quite a mark on him about the culinary expertise. Ma très chère cousine, je pense a toi encore tout les jours. Ton cousin a Montreal, Quebec. - Posted by: Richard Girouard (Lea's first cousin) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Peter was a Renaissance educator with a mean eye for curriculum but a big heart for learning. Thanks to him food mattered more and in quality more than quantity. Peter made a difference in the lab and in life. RIP - Posted by: Chris Chater (Colleage at ASP (Paris)) on: Mar 02, 2015

  • So sad to find this - My mother and I went to Peter's first class at Cordon Bleu in Paris - he was also my Chemistry teacher at the time. He would explain in cooking class the chemistry behind the methods. Great teacher! - Posted by: Marly Thomas (Student) on: Jan 16, 2012

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