With love and wonderful memories, we announce the passing of our father, Peter Braidwood, on May 11, 2015, at the age of 92, after a very brief illness. He was predeceased by our mother, Beth, in 2003. Dad was born in Scotland and was orphaned at a very young age, at which time he went to live at residential school. He left school at age 14 to work with his uncle as a gardener at an estate. One year later, he voyaged to Canada on his own to live with his aunt & uncle on their farm near Inglis, Manitoba. It was in Inglis that he met his future wife, Beth. During World War II, Dad left the farm to enlist in the army as an infanteer, and then volunteered for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. He was dropped twice into battle zones, once on D Day and again on 23 March 1945, over the Rhine. He was also part of the fighting expedition sent by boat into Holland for the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Dad re-enlisted in the military and served until 1974, retiring as a Master Warrant Officer. During his career, he & Mom made many life- long friends at various postings.
Mom and Dad were married in 1950 and raised five children. Dad was a wonderful husband and father who was always there for us, no matter what. He loved spending time with his family and received great pleasure from watching his family grow. In later years, Dad took up baking and was renowned for his famous butter tarts. He loved to play both cribbage & bridge, and enjoyed socializing with his friends at Cultus Lake OAP & the “Hole in the Wall”.
Dad will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his children, Sheila (Brian Clarke), Susan (John Eaton), Mary Beth, John (Colleen), & Tom (Kathy); his grandchildren, Heather,
Meghan (Wayne), Kathleen (Curtis), Mark-Andre (Sara), Christopher, Jennifer (Sean), Shawn (Bernadette), Ashley, Amanda, and Riley; and his great grandchildren, Beth, Anna, Peter, Marcel, Charlotte and Kate. The family wishes to thank the staff at Chilliwack General Hospital for their care and compassion.
Online condolences may be offered at
Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home,
45865 Hocking Ave,
Chilliwack, BC, V2P 1B5