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PEACH, Howard Byron

March 3, 1919 – August 1, 2018

The family of Howard Byron Peach announces with great sorrow the passing of Byron on August 1, 2018, at the age of 99. Beloved son of Lillian (Shepard) and Absalom Peach, he was an enthusiastic gardener, geologist, artist, writer, and baseball fan. Born and raised in the Cape Breton community of Black Brook near Port Morien, he had a happy childhood by the sea, graduating from Glace Bay High School in 1936. He had a two-year posting on the M.S. Java, a Dutch merchant marine ship, and later served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He attained a BASc in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1950, and worked as a Geologist for Shell Canada from 1950-1976. He met his wife, Winnifred, at Shell, and they had four children. In 1976, they moved to a hobby farm in Cape Breton where they lived for 40 more happy years. Byron combined farming with wellsite work offshore Atlantic Canada. He liked to spend the better part of the day in his apple orchard and enjoyed selling produce at farmers’ markets. He is survived by his loving wife, Winnifred, children Janet (Enrique), Rob (Connie), Ruth (Jim), and Tim (Carolyn), and five grandchildren, Laura, Anne-Marie, Jeffrey, Danielle, and Margaret, of whom he was immensely proud. The family gratefully acknowledges the medical people who cared for him. His funeral will be at Wild Rose United Church (1317 – 1st St NW, Calgary) on Friday, Aug 10 at 11:00 AM, with graveside service at Queen’s Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation: www.heartandstroke.ca.

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  1. Eleanor Peach Gallant :

    Byron’s life was an inspiration and a gift to the surviving members of his family. As his niece, Byron was a cherished connection to my father, who died when I was only 12 years old. I enjoyed my many visits to see both Winnie, who became my aunt, and Byron at their farm in South Head.

    He followed his dream of moving back to Cape Breton, with a wife who has a pioneering spirit, where he enjoyed his vegetable and strawberry farm as well as the apple orchard.

    For the family, this is the end of one era and the beginning of another. Perhaps he can tend many gardens now.
    We will all miss him.
    Love
    Eleanor Peach (niece)

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  2. The Naval Association of Canada, Calgary Branch :

    We offer our condolences for the loss of our fellow Navy veteran,
    Byron Peach.
    “Hear the prayer of a sailor who served,
    and grant eternal rest deserved.”
    “We will remember them.”
    In memory of Byron Peach, we are sending a donation
    to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
    If we could assist the family, please contact us at the address below.
    The Naval Association of Canada, Calgary Branch
    c/o H.M.C.S. TECUMSEH, “Navy Way” 1820-24th Street S.W.
    Calgary T2T OG6
    Ed Brown 403-2815102

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  3. Kathy Murphy :

    So sorry for the loss of your father Ruth. We know it must come but it’s still not welcome.
    Love Kathy

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  4. Lillian Aalders :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of Byron.
    He certainly lived a full life and you have been truly blessed by it.
    Though many years and miles may separate us we all share a common
    bond through our family connections.
    Lillian (Peach) Aalders & Family

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  5. Carol Ann Bates :

    I am so sorry to hear of Byron’s passing, sincere condolences to you all from Port Morien, he will be missed, take care and God blessLove Carol Ann,

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  6. Janice Boutilier :

    My condolences to the Peach Family, Byron was a well respected gentleman by all who knew him.. God bless.

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