Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One



May 21, 1929 – February 4, 2020

Peter was Dad to Carol, Lynne and Diana, Gigi to Mack and Ben, husband to Shirley and brother to Junie, his last surviving sibling.  Pete and Shirley were married for 67 years and resided in St. Vital.

Dad was born in Winnipeg and grew up in the city’s North End. He participated in multiple sports, especially active within the football community. He was competitive in football, hockey, soccer, baseball, curling and racquetball. As a football player, coach and leader he was the recipient of numerous awards. Peter was inducted into the Football Manitoba Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2011, then in 2013 (Football Manitoba Hall of Fame) and 2015 (Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) in the Team category as an assistant coach and player for the 1954 Canadian Intermediate Football Champions, the Winnipeg Rams.

Peter initiated and coordinated the formation of the Manitoba Junior Football Conference and was the league’s first President. Later, in retirement, he became the Commissioner of the Canadian Junior Football League.

In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded for his outstanding and exemplary contributions to his community.

Professionally, he was employed at the Monarch Life Assurance Company for 38 years, retiring as the Director of Information Systems. His talents, organizational skills, leadership qualities, and his ability to motivate and work with people won Peter the respect and friendship of his co-workers at all levels.

In retirement, Dad enjoyed his morning swims at the YMCA, golf at Niakwa Golf and Country Club, and coffee with lively, occasionally argumentative discussions and camaraderie at the Red Top Restaurant.

Friends and family are invited to Golden Links Lodge, 2280 St. Mary’s Rd, on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to celebrate Dad’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or Golden Links Lodge.

A special thank you to the staff at Golden Links Lodge for their sincere and compassionate care. Dad maintained a sense of humour and social consciousness with a friendly nature that endeared him to those who loved and cared for him.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.

Where troubles melt like lemon drops,

High above the chimney tops,

That’s where you’ll find me.



6 Guest Book

  • Roie Griego Posted February 8, 2020 9:11 am

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man! Please accept my deepest sympathy, love and prayers to all of his beloved family and friends.

  • Mimi Tosky Posted February 8, 2020 10:00 am

    It sounds like Peter had such a wonderful and full life. I know you will miss him greatly. My condolences to the family.

  • Deb Laleune (niece) Posted February 8, 2020 6:41 pm

    My uncle Pete was so funny could always make you laugh! I still remember getting an news article from him ( I think he sent it to everybody) It read Sawchuk fills the slot for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers! He was a very accomplished man! My prayers and condolences go out to my Auntie Shirley, my cousins Carol, Lynne and Diana and their families! He loved his family very much and was so proud of them! He will be missed!

  • Ralph Pearce Posted February 9, 2020 11:35 am

    My condolences to Shirley, Carol, Lynne, Diana and family. Peter lived a long and full life full of accomplishments by giving back to the community. I know from personal interactions that he took pride in his daughter’s scholastic accomplishments and adventurous journeys with their travel and life experiences. I hope your cherished memories carry the family through this difficult time.
    Best Regards

  • Doug and Heather Stevens Posted February 10, 2020 6:27 pm

    I’m very sorry to learn of Pete’s passing. He was a great guy. I enjoyed all the years I worked with Pete and he taught me a lot about life and computing.

    Doug S

  • brian ottenbreit Posted February 12, 2020 10:40 am

    I only have great memories of Peter. I remember him as a gentle soul that never lost his humour or dignity regardless of the situation. My sincere condolences to Shirley, Carol, Lynn, Diana and the extended Sawchuk family.

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