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VALENTINE, Charles Peter

 (1936-2019)

On January 24th, after a life well-lived and almost nine years a widower, Peter rejoined his love and soul mate, Peggy.

Peter will be remembered by many, but particularly by his children Patrick, Pamela, Megan and Becky, by his brother Fred, and by his eight grandchildren – Joshua, Sam, Max, Elizabeth, Charles, Leo, Valentina, and Merideth.  Their memories will be of a fun, serious, and highly capable man, who embraced responsibility, always with a keen sense of humour, a strong sense of family and community, an ethical compass that always pointed True North, and of a man incapable to doing anything in half measures.

Peter is a Calgary native and the son of Irish immigrant parents, Llewelyn and Dorothy.  Their sense of family and work ethic infected Peter from an early age and set the course for a remarkable life and career.

Peter to most but “Pete” to his darling Peggy, shared with her a profound love of the outdoors and for the mountains in particular.  Their mutual love affair guided their lives and the lives of their children and they attacked this passion from every conceivable angle.

Immediately after completing his commerce degree at UBC, he set off for several weeks, hiking through the Swiss and French Alps (writing letters to Peggy all the while).  Shortly later, Peter proposed to Peggy on another hiking trip, this time at the foot of Mount Assiniboine. As a young family, every winter weekend was spent on the slopes at Lake Louise.  It was here where ‘Dad’ would let loose with one of his many hidden talents – yodelling from the chairlifts to the giggling delight of his kids.   A highly accomplished skier, Peter and Peggy were frequent guests of CMH Heliskiing and were no strangers to Europe’s ski destinations.

When not whiling away weekends at the family’s Lac des Arcs cabin – which Peter helped to build – summer vacations were spent on a dude ranch in Montana, building lifelong memories and friendships.  Peter organized the Annual Highwood Pass Ride – an annual bicycle adventure running through the Kananaskis and ending in Longview (not coincidentally at a pub).  Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say Peter and Peggy saw much of the world from the seats of their bicycles, often accompanied by dear friends, Joe and Bev.  A planner by nature, Peter would meticulously map-out these trips right down to where they would have lunch on any given day.

As devoted as he was to family and friends (and especially to family and friends in the outdoors), Peter felt a strong sense of responsibility to the community, city, and province that were his home.  He reserved a special passion for contributing to the institutions that define Calgary as a great Western City.  For this, Peter will be remembered by many for his professional career and by many more again for his dedication to community and public service.

In 1958 Peter began in audit at Peat Marwick, where he moved quickly up the ranks to partner, senior partner, and ultimately to Chair of the KPMG International Energy Practice Group and Senior Audit Partner.  Alongside this distinguished career, he served as President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer for the Calgary Stampeders, Chair of the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee, Treasurer for the Lake Louise World Cup, and President of the Nat Christie Foundation.

After 37 years at KPMG, the distinction between Peter’s business career and his devotion to public service disappeared altogether.  In 1995, C. Peter Valentine was appointed Alberta’s 8th Auditor General – a role he executed with unwavering dedication until his appointment ended in 2002.  In the years that ensued, Peter applied his talents for public accounting, governance, and strategic planning by serving as director on numerous public company boards.  But closer to his heart were his roles as Leader of Internal Audit and Advisor to the CEO of the Calgary Regional Health Authority,  Senior Advisor to the University of Calgary Dean of Medicine, Interim Vice President of Finance and Service at the University of Calgary, Chairman of the Management Advisory Council of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Management, member of the University of Calgary Senate, Governor and Director of the Canada School for Public Service, and Interim Chair of the Alberta Securities Commission.

Peter was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and in 2016 was ultimately invested into the Order of Canada for “his contributions to strengthening financial administration in Alberta, and for his sustained commitment to community organizations.”

In his later years, Peter’s mobility grew limited, though he increasingly invested time at Christ Church in Elbow Park – his childhood church, close to where he and his brother Fred grew up together.

Peter’s Funeral Services will be held at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Elbow Park (3602 8th Street SW Calgary AB) Friday, February 1st at 11:00 AM.  Peter would have been grateful for any donations made to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute – Calgary Parkinson Research Initiative.

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  1. Dear Valentine Family All,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. We will miss Peter at Christ Church but are thankful that he is now reunited w/his beloved Peggy.
    Rest in Peace Peter and thank you for sharing your many gifts and making Calgary and Alberta better places for so many to enjoy.
    Marion Rogers

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  2. Dear Valentine Family:
    Our Sincere condolences to All of You.
    Peter had a wide variety of undertakings in his life in which he excelled.
    We will remember him for his superb abilities and his generous contributions to our community. He will be missed.
    Mike& Illa Maher

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  3. Dear Valentine Family
    Peter was a wonderful man deeply committed to family, friends and the community.

    Memories of many occasions shared with Peter will always be cherished.

    Rob Peters

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  4. Dear Valentine Family,

    Peter was a wonderful person who had a significant impact on everyone he met. People like him are rare and special.

    Calgary will miss him.

    The Bryden Family

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