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PETER MICHAEL BLAKEMAN WELCH  (published on January 30, 2010)

PETER MICHAEL BLAKEMAN WELCH (Peter / Blake) February 27, 1935 - January 26, 2010 We regret his passing, but are thankful that Blakeman's pain is no more. He passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital January 26, 2010 holding his wife's hand. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Jean, step-children Jeff Rybuck (sons Jesse and Christopher) and Lauren (Alan Kropla and son Brendan). Peter Blakeman Welch, musician, composer, journalist, therapist, teacher, born in England; BA (Durham) 1957, Certificate in Education (London) 1960, B.Ed. (University of Manitoba) 1974, Fellow of the American Association of Hypnotherapists. Blake taught school in Wimbledon until 1969. As he often quoted deciding to double my salary , he accepted an offer by the Winnipeg School Division. Among his many friends, he was proud to call some of those students good friends. Blake was active in the music scene - conducting operas, choral conductor at Temple Shalom Synagogue, artistic director of The Golden Voices Opera, director of Jewish United Folk Choir, musical director of the Cultural Company Choir, music critic. Up until recently, Blake was an active Mason, reaching the 31st degree and being Past Most Wise. Life member of the Shriners. Blakeman was a founding member and President of the Manitoba Composers Association. From 1980 until retirement, he was Director of the Winnipeg Hypnosis Centre. He had a keen interest in antique cars, always promising that this would be the last one he bought! Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations in his name may be made to Seven Oaks Oncology Department or a charity of their choice. The staff in that department were truly wonderful and we thank them. Respecting his wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life will take place on Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m. at St. John's College Chapel, University of Manitoba, 92 Dysart Rd. This has been the home of the orchestra that he conducted for a number of years. Free parking across the street.

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