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Peters, William “Bill” Eldon

William “Bill” Eldon Peters of Calgary, beloved husband of Florence, passed away quietly on Christmas Eve at the age of 97 years. Bill was born on the family homestead near Etzikom in southeastern Alberta. He graduated from the Agricultural Technology Program at SAIT in 1929 and a varied career followed. After working in his Uncle George Bittorf’s grocery store in Edmonton, he established his own successful grocery store. Subsequently, he was the Massey Harris representative in the Peace River country, where he met his wife to be, Florence Elizabeth Banks.  Bill and Florence were married in 1942; just days after Bill got his call to enter the RCAF. Following the war, Bill worked as a mining expediter and purchasing agent in Yellowknife, NWT. Later he moved to Edmonton and shifted careers to selling investments, eventually managing the Lethbridge branch and later the Calgary branch of Western Savings and Loan. After this company was sold, he served as Federal Returning Officer for Calgary Centre and worked for Statistics Canada. A life-long Liberal, Bill was always ready to debate politics and worked actively in numerous campaigns. Bill was passionately interested in Alberta history. Two accomplishments that were very special to him were the return of the Manitou stone from Ottawa to the Royal Alberta Museum and the establishment of the Canadian National Historic Windmill Centre, to preserve historic prairie windmills at the Etzikom Museum. For these endeavors and others, Bill received numerous awards, including the Award of Merit of the Alberta Museums Association. Bill took special delight in his windmill and Alberta history friends, especially Al Mogridge, Len Mitzel MLA and Len’s wife June. Bill is survived by his younger brother, Harry, of Vulcan, Alberta. He will be missed by his son Bill and daughter-in-law Celeste, his grandchildren Will and Brette and the nieces and nephews in whom he took such delight. Bill was predeceased by his wife Florence in 2001. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to the staff of Carewest Colonel Blelcher, many of whom became Bill’s special friends as they provided extraordinarily kind care during his last years. Please make donations in Bill’s memory to the Etzikom Museum, Box 585, Etzikom, AB T0K 0W0 and to the Friends of the Colonel Belcher Fund at In living memory of William Eldon Peters a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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