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Peter Joseph Tomashewski, BA, B. Com, MPA

June 29, 1943 - October 26, 2022

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Obituary For Peter Joseph Tomashewski, BA, B. Com, MPA

Passed away peacefully on October 26th, 2022 in White Rock, British Columbia at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Johana (nee Wolfe) Tomashewski as well as brothers: Carl, Frank Paul, Walter, Franklin; and sisters: Rose and Pauline. Peter is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his “beautiful” wife, Rae (nee DeBoice) and children: Peter Ray Tomashewski (Colleen Hawco); and Leah Marianne Tipton (Bill), as well as grandchildren Connor, Allison, and Erin Tomashewski and William and Wesley Tipton. He will also be sadly missed by his sister Annette Shalovelo, brother Stan Thomas, sister-in-law Sylvia Tomashewski (nee Sen), and brother-in-law Francis Cavanagh, as well as brother-in-law Doug and sister-in-law Gail DeBoice (nee Fennel), and 25 nieces and nephews. Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan on June 29th, 1943, Peter spent his early days helping out in the family General Store in Brooksby and eventually moved to Yorkton to attend high school at St. Joseph’s College where he was taught by the Christian Brothers. He was an active member of many clubs and won several academic awards before moving on to the University of Saskatchewan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. It was also during his time at the U of S that he met and married the love of his life, Rae DeBoice, a nursing student at St. Paul’s Hospital. Peter joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, rising to the rank of Captain. One of his many military achievements came in the summer of 1967 when he led the daily artillery salute in Montreal at Expo 67. Peter and Rae moved to New Brunswick where he was stationed at CFB Gagetown and she was an ER nurse at the hospital in Oromocto, NB. They moved back to Saskatoon in 1969 after Peter left the military and started his Commerce Degree. Soon after, son Peter Ray was born. After completing his B. Com, Peter and family moved to Ottawa, ON, where he began what would be a 35-year career with the Federal Public Service. It was here that Peter and Rae’s second child, Leah Marianne was born. Also, while in Ottawa, Peter completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University. He retired from Statistics Canada in 1998 as Director of Internal Audit. Besides being dedicated to his work and looking after his family, Peter was a man of deep Catholic faith. He was a regular Reader at Sunday Mass at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kanata, ON. He was also a crossword enthusiast, an avid Ottawa Senators hockey fan, and an amateur photographer. However, his favourite pass-time was playing Chess, having once attended the World Chess Festival in Saint John, NB in 1988. We will all truly miss Peter. Rest In Peace. And … “Don’t take any wooden nickels!” A Celebration of Peter’s Life is planned to take place at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Surrey, BC on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer Society of BC.

Services

13 Jul

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM

Good Shepherd Church 2250 150 Street Surrey, BC Get Directions »
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  • November 17, 2022

    So many wonderful memories of the Tomashewski household with Pete and Leah and my brother Bryan. So sorry to hear about Mr.T's passing. Hugs and wishes for cofort to Mrs.T, Peter, Leah and families. Maura Donohue

  • November 12, 2022

    Our deepest sympathies to you Rae and your family. Pete will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Paul and I remember him as a kind, intelligent and hardworking man. Always ready to lend a hand. He had the perfect reader's voice in church, soothing and clear. Paul was intrigued with his new found hobby of photography and we looked forward to his latest email of beautiful landscapes and flowers. Our very best always, Jackie and Paul

  • November 09, 2022

    So sorry to hear about Peter's passing. It is difficult to watch them struggle with health issues. I have fond memories of working with Rae at the Oromocto Hospital and spending time with both Rae and Peter. Cherish your memories as the roll down your cheek.

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