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PETER FIELD (published on March 13, 2010)

PETER FIELD 1920 - 2010 Suddenly on March 6, 2010, Peter passed away at Fred Douglas Lodge at the age of 89. Peter was predeceased by his devoted and loving wife, Shirley, on January 3, 2010. They were soulmates for over 62 years and we are comforted that they are now together forever. Dad was also predeceased by his parents, Gregory and Justina; his six brothers, Charlie, Mitch, Max, John, Alec and George; his three sisters, Mary, Violet and Eve; brother-in-law Walt and son-in-law Brian. As a teenager during the Great Depression, Dad rode the rails across Canada doing whatever odd jobs he could find. As was common during this time, the family scattered all over the country and lost touch with each other. Dad settled back in Winnipeg, marrying the love of his life and started raising their two daughters. He drove all types of trucks from long haul for Rocco Oil to grain trucks on the family farm. He loved taking his girls along for a ride. He joined Legion 141 and worked as the bar steward for many years. The legion became a big part of his life and he developed many friendships and spent many fun times on fishing derbies, family picnics and social evenings with his wife. When his in-laws, Paul and Justine Stanlee, retired from farming, mom and dad moved to St. Francois Xavier to continue the farm. He was his happiest working in the fields and his favourite song became don't fence me in . Dad was a quiet person but most important of all, he was a gentleman. He was a devoted husband, father and very proud grandfather. He was always helping his two daughters, or planting the largest gardens for his three grandchildren to raid. He sat patiently with a smile on his face as the kids put on their many plays for us. He was thrilled when his great-granddaughter Charlotte arrived and insisted on buying her first tricycle. He was our rock and will be sadly missed by his daughters, Lynda Will of Winnipeg and Sandy Pearson of Toronto; grandchildren, Janine Gervais (Jay Owen) and Jacqueline Gervais-Jones, all of Toronto; Jarred (Tina) Gervais of Winnipeg and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Jones; sister-in-law Sonia McLachlan and numerous nieces and nephews. Upon retiring, Mom and Dad moved back to the city at which time, Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's. He spent the last two years in hospital, the Poseidon Centre and most recently at Fred Douglas Lodge. The family would love to thank the nurses and health care aides on Evergreen Unit for their compassionate care to Dad and their friendship to the family. They treated dad with such respect and dignity, which made his life so much easier. Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Dad's wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a later date. If you wish, donations can be made to the Parkinson Society Canada. We have donated Dad's wheelchair to the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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