Peter Wall

June 29, 1933 – January 21, 2014
Peter Wall passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on January 21, 2014 after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. Dad was born in a log cabin on a farm in La Glace, Alberta. He spent the first 14 years of his life here. It’s the setting of many mischievous and happy stories he’s told over the years. The family moved to a chicken and dairy farm on Rose Island in Chilliwack December 1947, and, at the age of 14, Dad started dairying.
In the early years on the farm, he developed a passion for animal husbandry and had a minor veterinary practice for many years. He was known as Dr. Wall to those who called him for help with their livestock. Dad was a meticulous dairyman who was equally accomplished in equipment maintenance and repair. He had an engineering mind for building using his love for welding to craft and repair implements and restore tractors.
In the early 1950’s, he attended Columbia Bible School and was baptized in his late teens. Dad didn’t talk about his faith as much as he lived it through his hospitable and generous spirit. Shortly after, he met the love of his life in Selma Klassen. Their lifelong partnership began on April 2, 1956. A family soon followed with Marjorie joining the family in 1959, Audrey in 1960, Les in 1964 and John in 1973.
Through his entrepreneurial spirit, he expanded farming into growing corn and selling by the bakers dozen; first for markets in Vancouver, then locally out of his red International pickup truck, and finally, in retirement, at Granville Island Market.
Dad thoroughly enjoyed making people laugh and have some fun. Many of his friends can recall a tale, joke, or prank from their times with him. For us kids, this meant Dad built stuff for our enjoyment.
He was instrumental in the creations of “Rose Pond” by building 2 rafts which attracted kids from all over our rural neighborhood. From snow piled into high mounds by his Farmall C tractor, he built an igloo big enough for 5, and an iced sledding run off the machine shed. He used the same tractor pile dirt mounts for motorcycle jumps.
Dad enjoyed many hobbies over the years. Hiking the local mountains in his twenties, and motorcycling those same trails in his forties. He was an avid curler with the Dairyman’s League, and participated in antique ploughing as a member of Atchelitz Threshermen.
His RV took him and mom to interior lakes to fish for trout – a real passion of his. In addition to fishing (and welding), he had a great love for taking pictures showing his slides at family gatherings.
In the summer of 1992, Mom and Dad moved to their retirement home on Nelson Road in Rosedale. From here, they traveled to Europe, across Canada, for a time to Palm Desert with friends and annually to see the three children (and grandchildren) living in the states.
Dad is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Katherina Wall, an infant sister, Tina, and his older brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Selma, of 58 years, Marjorie (Preston) Hofer, Audrey (Gregg) Waltner, Leslie (Jan), John (Karin), 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 6 sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
Dad lived life well. He loved greatly and was much loved. We will miss him always.
A Viewing Time for family and friends will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack with the Memorial Service on Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm at Eden Mennonite Church, 46551 Chilliwack Central Road.Obituary-

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