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PALLESEN, Peter John Michael

September 6, 1944 – Lacombe, Alberta
January 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Peter Pallesen of Calgary, AB, passed away on January 26, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

Peter J.M. Pallesen was born in Lacombe, AB; he was the son of Florence Evelyn Pallesen (nee Mannix) and Norman Peter Ostrem Pallesen of Calgary, AB, and a grandson of Calgary business pioneers Fred S. Mannix and N. Peter Pallesen. Peter attended Strathcona School for Boys in Calgary and Vancouver College. He was a graduate of Mount Royal University, earned degrees from the Universities of Calgary, Portland and Great Falls, and completed sessions at Harvard and Salzburg, Austria. He was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma fraternity and the National Scholastic Honor Society of St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and was a past member of the board of the Calgary Division of the RCMP Veterans. Peter was a Melvin Jones Fellow and a member of the Lions Foundation of Canada, a PGK and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. Peter was also a Paul Harris Fellow and became a Major Donor member of Rotary International in 1983. He was a senior member of the Ranchmen’s Club, Calgary; a life member of the Danish Canadian National Museum Society; a senior associate and member of the Historical Committee of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede; and a non-resident member of the Union Club of British Columbia, Victoria and the Meadowlark Golf and Country Club of Great Falls, Montana. Peter was a third-degree diver of the CMAS Paris, France through BSAC training in Swanage, Dorset, England.

Peter was predeceased by his father in 1994 and his mother in 2006, as well as his two sisters, Laverne Marie Chrumka in 1971 and Patricia Eleanor Ann McCaffrey in 1994.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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In living memory of Peter Pallesen, 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. My sister Carol and I spent many happy hours as young folks with Peter and his sisters Paddy & Lavern. Years passed by without much contact but the good memories remain.
    Our condolences to our family members including the Mannix clan.
    Peter Shirriff

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  2. Sincerest condolences to Peter’s survivors. He was a man of many interests who offered valuable support and ideas to further these interests.

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  3. M ‘Weldon’ Wilson

    Peter has left leaving many fond memories of the olden days . He was my sponsor at confirmation, a ready source of humor when visited, and was part of the scene in my formative days. Over the years I was able to stay in contact with him and knew of his many interests. His passing brings on sadness and condolences are passed on to his family at this time.

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  4. Peter and I were classmates at Strathcona School for Boys during the later ’50s. Having lived a couple of blocks from his home, we spent many hours together doing what most young boys do……being mischievous. I have many fond memories and will miss him. Rest in peace Peter.

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  5. I have worked for many years at the Danish Canadian Club, where I met Peter.
    He always had some stories about his family and his connections to Denmark.
    He will be missed.

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  6. Peter was a classmate of mine in a masters of liberal studies program at University of Great Falls in Montana. Through the years we visited back and forth. We found him kind and interesting, if eccentric, but we loved him. He called regularly and always sent holiday greetings. He loved teasing me about U.S. politics. It was ironic that I found out about his death after sending him an email teasing him about Trudeau’s current troubles and the email bounced back, leading me to the discovery of his death. A lovely man.

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  7. So many fond memories of my old friend, Peter. I’m sure my parents, Roger and Dot will be happy to see you. We had some fun times. I’m so sorry I didn’t hear about your passing sooner.

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