In Loving Memory of
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Chapel of Tompkins Funeral Home
Peter was born in the Margo district on November 6, 1932 to Mark and Pearl Eskovich (nee Berlinic) who had emigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in 1928. They raised a family of three boys and three girls with Peter being the second oldest, on the family farm 4 ½ miles south of Margo.
Peter and his older sister Anne walked to school 9 miles a day until he was old enough to drive a horse. He quit school in grade 10 and got a job painting grain elevators for $1.35 per hour. He always said, “low wages for a high job”. In 1959 Peter and a friend went to Flin Flon looking for work. He got a job painting and worked his way up to foreman looking after as many as 15 men and got his journeyman painters paper. He worked in Thompson when the mine first got developed as well as in Churchill, Snow Lake and the radar site in Gypsumville north of Winnipeg. Peter had his own business, Peter’s Painting, for five years in The Pas. He then worked for the Kelsey School Division for 17 years but decided to quit and move back to Margo in 1994.
Peter met Elaine Dutchnitski in Canora. They got married on May 6, 1967 and had one daughter, Sherri Lynn. His love was hunting, fishing, gardening and flowers. He enjoyed driving around the country and visiting friends. Peter and Elaine had a beautiful one-acre yard on the edge of town. They had big rock gardens and grew beautiful flowers every summer. They loved to sit by the garage and listen to the purple martens and barbeque hamburgers. He built martin houses and usually had about 25 couples nest in them every spring.
Elaine passed away suddenly after a short illness on July 9, 2015. They had been married for 48 years and Peter said it was a very quiet life after that.
Peter is survived by his daughter Sherri (Andrew) Kennedy, granddaughter Faith, grandson Colin, sister Tena Roy and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine, parents Mark and Pearl, sisters Anne and Minnie and brothers Fred and Stanley.