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Boldt, Peter A.

July 10, 1923 — July 5, 2021

The family of Peter A. Boldt is very sad to announce his passing on July 5 in Victoria, B.C. just five days shy of his 98th birthday.

Peter, a proud Southern Albertan, was the son of Peter and Anna (Braun) Boldt. He was raised at Stand Off where his father was the Hutterite Colony teacher. His father taught him through to Grade 8. He then attended Lone Rock School for Grades 9 and 10, riding his horse 3 1/2 miles each way. From there he boarded for a year in Fort Macleod, attending Grade 11 with only seven other classmates. He completed Grade 12 in Coaldale, living there with his aunt.

After completing Grade 12 Peter continued in his father’s footsteps and attended Normal School, dispatched from there at 20 years of age and without any practice teaching to a one room schoolhouse 30 miles south of Etzicom, the nearest community, which he remembers as having a hotel, a garage, a post office, a grocery store, three grain elevators and lots of rattlesnakes. After a year of teaching he enlisted in the RCAF and served with the 435th Squadron in Burma as a wireless technician.

After the war Peter enrolled at the University of Western Ontario specializing in radio physics. He found himself drawn back into the field of education and switched majors partway through. With his degree he settled in Southern Alberta, starting out as the principal for two years in Mountain View followed by four years teaching at Macleod High School, two of those as vice-principal. In 1955 he moved, with his wife Alma and growing family, to Victoria where he taught and served as a school administrator, obtaining his Masters of Education degree along the way, until his retirement in 1983.

In addition to being a teacher, Peter was a home builder, a sailor, a wonderful storyteller, an accomplished woodworker, an inventor, a ham radio operator, a curler, a world traveler, a church goer (Presbyterian), a lifelong learner, a seeker of adventure and a devoted family man. He was also an enthusiastic hiker and returned almost every summer, even into his nineties, to hike the trails of Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton was truly his happy place. Perhaps most of all, throughout his entire life he was a collector of many very good friends and acquaintances. He continued to be in touch with several of his former Fort Macleod students right up to his passing. Peter loved attending Macleod High School reunions, returning to Victoria with stories about meeting former students, recounting their achievements and sharing how uplifted he felt by the very kind recognition he received on each occasion.

Peter was predeceased by his much-loved wives Alma (Robson) (1975) and Marion (Lucy, nee Moss) (2008). Also predeceasing him were his sisters Elizabeth Janzen of Pincher Creek) and Anne Megli of Linden and brothers John of Calgary and Menno of Lethbridge. He is survived by three brothers, Dave (Calgary), Rudy (Crawford Bay) and Ed (Winnipeg); his four children, Anne, Jeanne, Rob and Don; his three grandchildren, Savannah Biederman, Oscar Gomez and Peter; and his most cherished two great granddaughters Ava and Stella. Also surviving him are Marion’s family and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Peter lived a very full life from start to finish.

A service will be held in Victoria in September at Knox Presbyterian Church, Victoria, at a time and date to be determined.

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