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PETER SHEWCHUK (published on September 27, 2008)



PETER SHEWCHUK April 4, 1935 - September 25, 2008 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Peter at Deer Lodge Centre with his family by his side at the age of 73. Peter is survived by his loving wife Gladys; sons Randall and Russell (Serina); grand-children Devon and Brendon; father-in-law Nick Prokopetz of Yorkton, SK; sister-in-law Adelia; brother-in-law Rodney of Churchbridge; sisters-in-law Ollie and Nancy Shewchuk and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his eldest son Douglas on November 13, 1992 taken by cancer; parents Karl and Josie Shewchuk of Arnes, MB; brothers Paul, Phil; sister Betty; brother-in-law Tony; mother-in-law Rose Prokopetz of Calder, SK. In the 1960s Pete worked for Manitoba Hydro and later went on to college to become a journeyman electrician. Peter was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2085, where he worked proudly for over 35 years in the electrical industry. His skills as an electrician took him all over North America, from the high Arctic, throughout Canada and the USA. He worked diligently on many Hydroelectric-generating stations, in Manitoba and was honoured to be part of and to be present at the Limestone Generating Station when they turned on the power. Peter was a trade unionist, who continuously advocated for worker rights. He felt a special bond with his union brothers and was proud to be a member of the IBEW. Pete loved to visit his parents in Arnes with his family, going snowmobiling and dirt biking, a passion he passed on to his sons. Pete's favourite pastimes were mushroom picking, gardening and spending time with his two grandchildren Peanut and Bren Bren . Peter and Gladys celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on September 4, 2008. Many thanks to Dr. Strang of Deer Loge Centre and his terrific staff who treated Pete with respect and dignity. Prayers will be said on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Protectress Cathedral, 820 Burrows Avenue with Rev. Fr. Richard Ehrmantraut. Interment to follow in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Richard Shewchuk, Greg Shewchuk, Rodney Flunder, Darryl Flunder, Peter Brethellet and Mike Koncur. Cantors Walter and Vera Senchuk. Cross Bearer Tim Hlady, Banner Bearers Frank Baliant and Gray Partyka. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pete's memory to the Cathedral or to Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3. May Pete rest in peace. He worked too hard, left us too early, but his memory will be forever cherished. 586-8044


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