Peter Wakefield

Feb 10, 1951 – Jan 17, 2023

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my Peter on January 17, 2023, from Merkel Cell Carcinoma. I am heartbroken.

Peter was born and raised in Atherton, England. He joined the Royal Navy when he was 15 years old where he became an Electrician. He married Ann Thompson when he was 20 and she was 18. Their two boys, Gary and Raymond, were also born in England. The Navy took him to many places around the world, even living in Hong Kong for two years.  After he left the Navy the family immigrated to Canada. They lived in Vancouver, Penticton and Kitimat. He also had a contract position in Alabama and from there to Greece. He loved the time he spent in Greece. Eventually they ended up in Marwayne, Alberta while he worked in Lloydminster. His wife Ann passed away in 2011.

Peter and Renora met in 2011 and enjoyed 12 wonderful years together. We travelled extensively in the US and across Canada in the motor home from hell. A 7 week trip to Costa Rica with Peg; a trip to China with Peg, Leanne, Ed, and Julie; catching his first salmon and halibut in the ocean with Leanne and Irv; several trips to Mexico – some to all-inclusive resorts but more fun travelling by camper with Ed and Julie throughout Mexico – watch for topes! We enjoyed our winter home in Arizona – dances on Friday night; jam sessions with Ed; pickle ball; he enjoyed golfing with the girls and his buddy Barry. We enjoyed life, and all the good things life provided.

We were so blessed to enjoy our kids and grandkids. His last hunting trip with Gary, Ray and Candace – lots of laughs. Quadding in Brule, canoeing at Lakeland Loop in Lac La Biche and Red Deer River with Colin and Kerri; and then there were the quiet weekends at Alex’s place at Skeleton Lake. Peter’s grandkids joined us there a few times – a revelation for them.

He was an unassuming man who loved his family. He liked to cook, especially the old English favourites. His great sense of humour and kindness will be missed by many.

 Peter is survived by his wife, Renora, sons Gary and Raymond (Candace) as well as his grandchildren, Brayden, Kaylee and Emily. He is also survived by his stepsons, Alex and Colin (Kerrianne) and step grandchildren Rylee (Lain) and Savannah (Nicki). He is also survived by brothers David (Sally), Robert (Sharon), sister-in-law Pat and many nieces and nephews as well as Renora’s siblings, Joanne (Ian), Christine (Tony) and Randy (Kathleen) and their children and grandchildren. We cannot forget Mollie; his special friend that he happily walked every morning. She brought great enjoyment to him.

Peter was predeceased by his wife Ann in 2011 as well as his parents, and his brother Billy in England. He was also predeceased by a special nephew, Adam – may you enjoy a pint together!!

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Health Care Workers at the University of Alberta, the Cross Cancer Clinic, the Misericordia Hospital and Westview Health Centre, Home Care and Palliative Care in Stony Plain. You went above and beyond to help us when we needed you. Thank you.


  1. Gemma

    Beautiful write up Renora, you and Peter were such a beautiful couple and I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Linda & Chuck Olson

      We are sad to hear of Peter’s passing.
      Renee…we did have fun in Casa Grande with Ed and Julie and you guys…an awesome couple!!
      Carry on with the good memories and we believe you’ll “see” him again.
      Love from,
      Chuck & Linda Olson

  2. Susan

    Renora, Lyle and I are so sad to hear of Peter’s passing. Will say some prayers for you and for him and all of his family and your family as well

  3. Janet Kanarek

    Rest in Peace dear Peter, you were a wonderful partner to my dear friend Ren. May your spirit and the Lord help her through the pain of her loss.

  4. Barb Kushmaul

    Ren what a great tribute to your Peter. You were so good for each other. God’s Speed on healing yours and families spirits.
    Barb and Zan

  5. Carol Greasley

    There are no words to express my deep sadness at the loss of your dear Peter. I will always remember your kindness last Winter as I dealt with my loss. Peter loved to tease and I know that was his way of showing he cared. May you find peace in all the great memories of your time together. Love Carol

    • Barb & Steve Lathrop

      Renora we are so sad to hear the news of Peter’s passing. The two of you shared a wonderful life together exploring many new travels while sharing your special bond.
      Thinking of you at this difficult time
      love Barb & Steve

  6. Anne

    We will miss Peter and his great sense of humour. He was an awesome guy that we were very happy to spend some time camping, having dinners, and just all around great fun!! Thank you, Renora, for sharing him with us. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Anne and Curtis

  7. Dale and Louise nelson

    Ren, We are so Sad to hear of Peter’s passing.
    We were & are looking forward to seeing you this Summer in B.C.
    Condolences, Love & Hugs
    Dale & Louie

  8. Terry & Judy King

    Ren we are so sad to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a great fellow and we had some nice visits and good laughs with you both. Thanks again for bringing our Finn to us. Hugs and our love to you and the family. Terry and Judy xoxo ❤️

  9. Pam and Marke Readings

    So very sorry for your loss Rennie. Thinking of you and the family and sending tons of hugs. Beautiful write and says so much about Peter and his life.

  10. Terry & Judy King

    Ren we are so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We enjoyed our visits with Peter and yourself. He was a great guy! He had a good sense of humour. Sending hugs and love to you and the family. Terry & Judy xoxo ❤️

  11. Jen Price

    Renora, I am so sorry to hear about Peter. You two sounded like you had a amazing 12 years together. I so wish I could of met him. RIP Peter and take Care of yourself Renora. Love Jen

  12. Patty Schaeffer

    My prayers are with you with this heartbreaking news. May your memories of Peter give you comfort and peace.

  13. Nedra Stanley

    A very heartfelt tribute to a wonderful neighbor. We will all miss his visits as he walked Molly each day. My condolences to you and your family. Nedra

  14. Maureen & Howard Blair

    Our sincere condolences to you Renora and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss, We miss seeing Peter walking down the street here with Mollie.
    Maureen and Howard


    Renora, Gary and Raymond,
    We were truly saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. We have known Peter (and Ann) before she passed away as we met in Mission BC as neighbours. Gary and Raymond were just little boys at the time. We had many good times together , lots of parties, camping , etc. We still keep in touch with the boys. It has been a few years since we had seen Peter, but we were glad that he had gotten on with his life and had found a wonderful companion in you Renora. You were the one that gave him those 12 extra years by graciously giving him one of your kidneys to prolong his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace Peter. Big hugs to you all. Bette and Arnold Valentine

  16. Chad Wilson

    Peter left his mark wherever he went – He introduced BAR Engineering to Movember! We enjoyed having him on the team, and are happy to know he continued to lay hold of life after he moved on from our circle. Thank you Renora for closing this loop – may your memories of Peter provide help fill the hole he surely left behind. We mourn with you.

  17. Jurgen and Betty

    We are so sad.. our hearts are broken.
    We are also so happy to have shared so many memories filled with laughter, happiness and just enjoying our friendship. You were one of a kind.. not soon to be forgotten.
    Much love to the families he left behind ♥️♥️♥️

  18. Twyla Kobsar

    I was very saddened to hear the new of Peter’s passing. Many people I have worked with at BAR Engineering have come and gone but have a very special place in my heart for Peter and Ann. He was quite the character, always had a smart comeback comment. He enjoyed many activities but the one we all remember is Peter hosting a steak and karaoke night in Marwayne. Such a great time. So happy to see that he went on to do many adventures and live the last years of his life to the fullest. My condolence to Renora and families.

  19. John and Giselaine

    So sad to hear of Peter’s passing. A kind person and a man who left you wanting more of his company.
    We feel for Renora who has now been robbed twice by this terrible disease / affliction. Stay strong Renora and continue to be the outgoing tonic for every occasion.
    Our condolences: John and Giselaine

  20. Esther Goodwill

    Ren, MaryLue and I are very sad to hear of the passing of Peter. Our thoughts are with you and Mollie and the rest of your family.
    We loved the jam sessions and the time spent getting to know the three of you.
    Condolences from.:
    Esther Goodwill & Mary Lue Brinker


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