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BURGENER, Peter G.

May 18, 1950 – Toronto, Ontario
November 29, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Peter, beloved husband of Shannon, passed away peacefully at the age of 64 years, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Peter’s rich and adventurous life began in Toronto, where he graduated from the University of Toronto’s Architecture program. In 1978, Peter launched his own architectural practice in Calgary, which, over the course of the last three and a half decades, grew into one of the leading architectural firms in Western Canada, evolving into BKDI in 1994. At the age of 21, Peter married Jocelyn, and together they would raise four children, instilling them with the gifts of art, culture and community engagement their parents valued so greatly.

Peter was predeceased by his mother, Elinor, and will be lovingly remembered by daughter Sam (Scott, and sons Alec and Henry); Matt (Amanda, and daughter Nora), and John, all of Calgary; and David (Mayumi, and daughter Mitsuki) of Brisbane, Australia. Peter is survived by his father, John, and brothers Paul (Suzanne) and John (Rebecca) and sister Deborah (Jeffrey).

Peter lived by the wisdom that one should be responsible for, and responsive to, one’s community, and never lost sight of ways in which he could give back to the city he has called home for over 36 years. He was a key participant in councils and committees from all levels of public education, health care, government, the architectural profession, the arts, church and his local neighbourhood community. He served as a member of the Board and Building Committee of the Calgary District Hospital Group, the Calgary Planning Commission, and the Calgary Development Appeal Board; as Senator of the University of Calgary, President of the Alberta Association of Architects, President of the Catholic Family Service Agency; and as a board member of Calgary Opera and Honorary Patron of the Alberta College of Art and Design, to name a few. In addition to the many local roles Peter played, he also served as a Governor of the University of Toronto and was a board member of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.

Peter’s tireless commitment to the development of a rich and vibrant city led to his professional contributions to Calgary’s architectural landscape, including the Glenmore Landing Shopping Centre, the Canterra Tower, renovations to St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Arriva Tower. BKDI was a longtime sponsor of the GMC Rangeland Derby, and Peter served as the Calgary Stampede’s Master Plan Consultant, contributing to the vision for the Stampede’s Youth Campus. Peter instilled a team spirit in his staff and colleagues, leading his firm to contribute to many not-for-profit organizations, including the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Alberta Cancer Society, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, the Mustard Seed, Theatre Calgary, the United Way, and many others. Peter loved sailing, travelling, and painting, and was a beginning member of the Calgary Polo Club. His energy, enthusiasm and integrity will be missed by his family, friends, and the many people whose lives he touched in so many ways.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219-18th Ave S.W.) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be directed to the Peter Burgener Memorial Fund, c/o The Calgary Foundation, 700, 999 8 – Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 www.thecalgaryfoundation.org

In living memory of Peter Burgener, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Shannon, Sam, Matt, John, David and families,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Peter was a pretty amazing person and will be missed by you all. Still one of my favorite memories is of him sitting outside your bedrooms playing the guitar and singing you all to sleep. Lots of love and prayers to you at this difficult time.
    Jane VT

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  2. Stefan Savelli :

    I was saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. Peter was a good friend, one who I admired greatly. A man of his convictions who would always push you to do more for the betterment of the City. His logic always resonated with me and I learned much from him. My deepest sympathy to the family.

    Stefan

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  3. George & Marilyn Reti :

    Peter was a truly unique and special man. He loved life to its fullest, never settled for mediocrity, and always had an answer to everything. His panache was first evidenced within his marriage to Jocelyn. Together they raised four talented children, who were well intertwined with the five children in our family. We had the pleasure of knowing Peter through both business and personal initiatives, over a span of 32 years. He was always intent on doing his best in whatever he tackled, and there was no situation which intimidated him or his numerous qualities.

    That wonderful smile and special laugh will never be forgotten – nor the twinkle in his eye for all he shared enthusiasm about. The City of Calgary was indeed fortunate to receive all his contributions which shaped the very core of our city, as well as the time he devoted to the many non-monetary causes which enabled him to support so many people. He will be dearly missed by all his family and those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. He touched many lives positively over his 64 years.

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  4. Peter has been in our prayers during these most difficult of times and the whole Houlton – Charette family share the sorrow of his passing. We remember him with great fondness from his early days on Pine Ave. in Port Credit. As neighbours we were one big family! We have always shared in his many great successes and achievements with an ever larger and growing family, to whom we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!

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  5. Mike O'Connor :

    Shannon and family,

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of a wonderful guy and a great supporter of the Calgary Stampede. He will be sorely missed.

    Mike O’Connor

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  6. Don & Linda Snow :

    My sincere condolences to a former employee who first arrived in Calgary to work for my firm.
    We couldn’t hold Peter down, he was so enthusiastic about Calgary. He was so enthusiastic about LeCorbusier…he didn’t know much about drawing foundations and footings but he showed a great vision about the future. Jocelyn was the wife we knew and public office was her focus. It didn’t take Peter long to start his own office, to branch out into all sorts of fields and tangents. He showed, like Jack Long, that Architects can succeed wherever they go.
    Congratulations to the Burgener family members from one of Peter’s former employers!
    Don Snow

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  7. I was shocked to read of Peters passing this morning. As a Planner with The City of Calgary, our paths crossed occasionally. My best memory of working with Peter was in the 1990’s when, as a representative of the Alberta Association, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Peter representing the AAA, we met on many occasions to discuss forming a professional relationship between our two associations. Peter was the consummate professional, respectful of others interests, and an extremely warm person. The architecture and design profession has lost a true visionary.

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  8. I did not know Peter beyond being a passing acquaintance. 27 years ago as an architectural technology student I spent a week in his office. Over the years my work had several encounters with BKDI, and Peter in particular on occasion. I always came away with an admiration and respect for what he had accomplished and where he still wanted to go. Rest well.

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  9. I had the pleasure of working with Peter on and off over the last 25 years and more recently came to enjoy his good humor and professional skill sets as the lead Calgary architect for the Calgary City Centre Development. Peter was a wonderful example of an individual who set a high standard in all aspects of his life. Please accept my condolences.

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  10. Pearl Madryga :

    We were saddened to read of Peter’s passing, BKDI worked on several projects for Sun Life with Peter at the helm. Peter was always friendly and easy to work with – he will be missed.

    May you find comfort in knowing that Peter enriched many lives through his work and as a patron of the arts.

    Our sincerest condolences to the Burgener family.

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  11. Tom Cerajeski :

    Rest in peace Peter. You have left a lasting impression on all of us. We have all admired your accomplishments and your spirit. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  12. Joseph and Cindy Leung :

    Shannon, Sam, Matt, John, David and all family members,

    It is with deep sadness to learn of the passing of a great and wonderful friend who was also an excellent mentor. I have known Peter for more than 30 years and worked with him in numerous projects, both in Canada and Portugal. This world has lost a creative and constructive Master. His words of wisdom, gentle smiles and his towering figure will always be in our minds. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

    We will miss him and will never forget him!

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  13. Anna Coronetta / Riley's :

    Dear Sam and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies.
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Anna Coronetta

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  14. George and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Burgener family. In the past months my thoughts were with Peter and Shannon just about every day when I biked or walked past their house on my way to the office. BKDI has played a large role in my career and I have many good memories of Peter running around the office, but never passing by without a friendly greeting.
    Rest in Peace.

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  15. James Midwinter & Pamela Weber :

    Shannon:

    Please accept our most sincere condolences in your loss of Peter. We will remember Peter for his incredible thoughtfulness, artistic sensibilities, adventurous spirit and generous nature. We are sorry we will not be in Calgary to attend the funeral and celebration of his incredible life.

    Sincerely,

    James & Pam

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  16. To Peter’s children and grandchildren, Shannon, Jocelyn and the extended Burgener family, my condolences. Peter fought a good fight. When I saw him in late October, his mind was active and he offered up commentary on current and past City planning experiences. It wanted to commit all of it to writing, but the memory will serve me well. As well noted by others, he made a good living, he loved his family and he served his community purposefully. Happy trails to you Peter Burgener.

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  17. Tom & Terry Hardjowirogo :

    Our fond memory and gratitude to a friend who was responsible for relocating our young family to Calgary from Toronto in 1981 to join Peter’s fledgling firm of Burgener Gallant Lachapelle.
    It was thirty three years ago , but it is still fresh in our minds how in our youthful enthusiasm,Peter ,myself and a number of our staff stayed late at night to complete the design for projects – which some still stand today .
    Have a safe journey home Peter, and may God’s Blessings be with you on your way.
    Tom & Terry

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  18. Gloria Wilkinson :

    My condolences to the families on Peter’s passing. We had great discussions in all our path-crossings – from U of C Senate to planning issues to arts topics. Gloria

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  19. ON BEHALF OF NEWTON CHAN WE ARE VERY SAD AT THE LOSS OF PETER. PETER AND HIS COMPANY PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL GUIDANCE IN THE DESIGN OF THE COMPANIES ASPEN LANDING SHOPPING CENTRE. WE CONSIDER THIS PART OF HIS LEGACY AND DEMONSTRATED HIS SKILL AND PASSION FOR GOOD DESIGN.

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  20. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter several times when I was a Calgary Alderman. He was always very professional and easy to deal with. There was never a doubt that he had the best interests of the city at heart. He made a significant contribution the City of Calgary. I was honoured to have met him.
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

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  21. Doug and Barb Thorne :

    Our deepest sympathy to you at the passing of Peter. He was such an amazing man and a wonderful employer for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Barb and Doug Thorne

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  22. Patti Ann Redlin Lychy :

    Jack,Paul,John, Debra, Shannon and family

    Peter has been in my thoughts and prayers these past months. Please accept my sincere sympathy in your great loss at this time.
    Peter was close to John and I for many years- from alter server at our wedding 52 years ago and thru many Burgener family events and golfing with us. I will always remember his ready smile,giving ways and laughter. John and I truly valued his friendship over the years. Love Patti Ann

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  23. My deepest sympathy in this time of loss. Peter was a great leader that demonstrated respect for each member of the project team. I especially appreciated his input on the Calgary City Centre project.
    Our prayers are with you at this time of loss.

    Bruce

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  24. Dear Shannon and each of yours and Peter’s families,
    It is a terrible shock to lose someone so usually full of life. My sympathies to you all. I met Peter regularly at different social, arts and business events around the city. My favourite memory of him is when at a mutual friend’s wedding I had a problem with some decor items I was working with and he quickly came up with a unique and unusual solution …that worked. Always full of energy , always thinking, always outside of any boxes, Calgary will miss him. I hope you will all find comfort in the knowledge that Peter is finally at peace and his innovative and valuable gifts to those he loved and his community will live on .
    XXXAndrea

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  25. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    TO SHANNON
    Peter was one of my younger cousins, being 8 1/2 years younger than myself. Peter as a small
    child was always happy go lucky with a smile, wonderful sense of humour and kind words for everyone, traits that he carried throughout his life!!

    Peter would say “‘when I come to the end of the road
    and the sun has set for me”

    I want no rites in a gloom filled room
    ‘Why cry for a soul set free”

    Miss me but not too long
    Miss me – but let me go

    For this is a journey we all must take’
    and each must go alone”

    It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
    A step on the road to home

    When you are lonely and sick at heart
    go the people we knew

    and bury your sorrows in
    during good deeds

    MISS ME BUT LET ME GO

    May accept my condolences Shannon and may it give you comfort to know that Peter has touched many lives and your grief will be shared by all

    Sincerely

    Carol S

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  26. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    To: Jocelyn, Sam & family, David & family, Matt & family & John

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your best friend and father/father-in-law & Grandpa!

    Rejoice in the life that Peter lived!!

    Grateful for having shared it with all of you

    You all shared so much, cared so much

    So many memorable times

    You’ve been through so much together

    How much sadder it would have been
    If you’d never known Peter at all

    Even though he is gone,

    Peter will always be part of you all

    for Peter ‘has left you all so rich

    With a Precious Legacy of Memories

    Sincerely,

    Cousin Carol

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  27. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    To Uncle Jack

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved son Peter! There is no greater loss than that of a child!

    Peter was a son to be proud of, always looking out of for his wonderful Mother and Father, coming at least once a month all the way to visit them wherever they were.

    Peter brought great pride and joy to both of his parents lives throughout his life as did his three siblings!!

    May it bring you some comfort to know that your Son had a special place in the hearts of so many people and that your grief is shared.

    May the sweet memories of your precious boy help to ease your sorrow.

    With Sympathy and Caring

    Carol

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  28. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    Dear Paul and Suzanne & families

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved brother-brother-in-law/uncle!!

    May it bring you all some comfort to know that your brother had a special place in the hearts of so many people and that your grief is shared. May the sweet memories of your precious brother help to ease your sorrow

    With Sympathy and Caring

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  29. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    Dear Shannon & Girls

    Just a quick additional condolence to your and your two daughters as well…I feel I almost know them, Peter talked about them often when he came visiting his father.

    I just want to thank you for making Peter’s last number of years very happy.

    I am very sorry for your tragic loss and I understand Peter fought viliantly to stay longer with you!

    He is now at peace and will be watching over you and your girls from heaven!!

    With Sympathy and Caring

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  30. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    Dear John, Mirah, Arianna, Rebecca & Sam

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful /Brother/brother-in-law& uncle!

    He was truly a wonderful kindred spirit loved by all who knew him with his wonderful sense of humour, kindness and loyalty to all!

    I happy that he is at last free from pain and with the angels and saints in heaven!

    He has left behind a wonderful legacy admired by all!!

    With Sympathy and Caring

    Carol

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  31. Carol Sergas (Bond) Sergas :

    To Deborah, Jeffery & family

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful big brother!!

    May it bring you some comfort to know that your brother has a special place in the hearts of so many people and that your grief is shared. May the sweet memories of your precious brother help to ese your sorrow…

    I bet that beautiful praying blanket you made for him brought him happiness, that his baby sister took the time to make that just for him.

    With Sympathy and Caring

    Carol

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  32. Peter and Susan Merchant :

    Our deepest sympathies. You are in our prayers.

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  33. Maxwell & Rita Lawrence :

    Shannon, Matt, Sam, David, John, David, and Clan Burgener, our thoughts, prayers are with all of you as we say goodbye to Peter. Stay steadfast, your memories will will sustain you, for “Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. A new spiritual life has begun for Peter. We will remember.

    Maxwell & Rita Lawrence

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  34. Some leave deeper footprints than others. Peter was such a person.
    Dexter

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  35. Doug and Karen Rawlyk :

    Shannon – my deepest condolences to you and your family. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know Peter. He was a great person. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing about his wonderful experiences and travel adventures.

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  36. Bruce McKenzie :

    It was a beautiful service today on a beautiful sunny day just as I imagine Peter would have wanted. What a spectacular room will be waiting for Peter in our Lord’s house. And I imagine that Peter will be working side by side with our Lord to renovate it to be even more beautiful.

    God Bless you Shannon and all of Peters loved ones.

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  37. Paul and Diana Caron :

    To Shannon and the Burgener Family we express our condolences for the loss of a man who loved them, shaped them and has left them with incomparable memories to sustain them. He was an exceptional person who created a life that mattered and improved the quality of life for others with his talents, creativity and commitments. The world has been blessed by his presence.

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  38. Rest Peter, you are too great a man to leave so soon. Thank you for so much you did and tried to do, your legacy is heartfelt.

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  39. Colin Lawson Snr. :

    Peter and I had a wonderful working relationship ever since he recommended me to project manage Canterra Tower in 1985. We spoke over the phone 2 months ago and both laughed and cried as we relived those wonderful times on so many of his superbly designed projects. What a Mate! One of God’s special people.
    We’ll meet again Mate.

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