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EDWARD (TED) HARRY PETTER (published on October 14, 2009)



EDWARD (TED) HARRY PETTER March 10, 1917 - October 6, 2009 Peacefully and with his girls at his side, Ted passed away on October 6, 2009 at the Deer Lodge Centre. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ella, Ted was the last remaining member of his family in Ontario. He was recently predeceased by his son-in-law Clifford Huskins and his foster granddaughter Crystal. Remaining to love and remember him forever are his daughters, granddaughter and their families Annette and Robert Holowka, Tonya, Rob (Isabella), David (Amber), Mark (Tara); Lorraine Huskins, Faye (Dallas), Dara (Garette), Jennifer (Jared), Jamie (Megan). Also remaining are many nieces and nephews in Ontario, especially Betty Peterson who made many trips out west to see Uncle Ted and his sisters-in-law, Betty and Lily and his brother-in-law Bill and their families in England. Ted's life was a story! Raised in the beautiful Bruce Peninsula, he learned to fish, hunt, trap, cut wood, swim, boat and even to garden. Despite working hard even as a young boy growing up, he always found time to read. He left Ontario at age sixteen and travelled west, eventually settling down in Woodside, Manitoba. He remained here until the outbreak of the Second World War and bragged that he was the first one to volunteer from the community. He wanted to join the navy or the air force as he had walked all across Ontario and the west during the depression but the army got him first. He was shipped overseas in 1940 and served until he was discharged in 1945. It was during his time in England that he met Ella. Although she was not impressed with Canadian soldiers, she was quite taken with this handsome young soldier. They married and were fortunate enough to spend 49 years together. Ted farmed in the Woodside community until 1969 when he accepted employment with Water Resources. For the next 18 years, he enjoyed the challenge of the work and the camaraderie of his crew and engineers. He retired at age 70. As a family, we hold many precious memories of hunting trips, ski-doo rides, camping and the ritual of tea and toast at night in front of the franklin . You will be so missed. For the past nine years, Ted has resided in the Deer Lodge Centre. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Tower 4 who made the lodge a home for our Dad. Your care and compassion for him went above and beyond the call of duty. We will never forget. So when his glorious task was done, It was not of his fame we thought; But of the pride with which he fought; And so we graved his epitaph, He played the game . ~ Robert Service The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gladstone United Church, with Rev. Bob Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in the Gladstone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0L3. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements. www.clarkesfuneralhome.com


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