P.J. (Peter) Timoschuk

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Peter Timoschuk, ALS
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Peter John Timoschuk passed away at home peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of August 20, 2007 at the age of 82. Peter was born on August 28, 1924 in what was then Poland, which is now Belarus, near the city of Brest. Peter and his mother Tatiana made the voyage to Canada on a Swedish passenger ship when he was one-and-a-half years old. They landed in Halifax, traveling by train to Lintlaw, Saskatchewan (near Kelvington) to meet with his father John who had purchased a homestead near Lintlaw. His father later bought land from the C.P.R. and Hudson's Bay Company.

Peter grew up on the farm, excelled in math and science and joined the army in the last two years of World War II. He was stationed in Regina, then Kingston and Victoria, operating signal command. He had wanted to join the air force a year or two earlier. His father talked him out of this saying war was not "romantic" and that many who do go do not return! Peter attended the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon, graduating with a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering in 1950.

He was a member of APEGGA, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association, and the Association of Dominion Land Surveyors. Peter was commissioned as Alberta Land Surveyor #217 on August 17, 1955 and was an active member until his retirement in 2003.

He worked for the federal government as a summer student in the North on mapping expeditions and on graduation received job offers from Ottawa. He was a party chief in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (mapping branch) for seventeen years. He met his wife Sylvia at Pincher Creek, Alberta while surveying native land at Brocket. Peter surveyed arctic baselines, northern boundaries, including the B.C./Yukon Boundary and national parks and much native land. He was later called a witness on native land claims (for the federal government and Indian band).

Peter and family settled into Calgary in 1965-1966 loving the West. Peter taught Survey Technology at SAIT in the 1970s and 1980s. He also surveyed gas pipelines all over the province and Calgary and area. Peter had earned a private pilot's license after university and was an avid ham radio operator (VE6AAK). He was a great amateur photographer and loved the back country and Arctic. Loved his "khakis", hated suits and ties. Loved his Saskatchewan farmland. When asked his profession, would often reply "Farmer". "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy!"

He leaves behind wife Sylvia (Blackburn); daughter Carol Timoschuk of Calgary; niece Brenda Kulyk and family of Calgary; brother Alex of Lintlaw Saskatchewan; nephews George, Teddy, Ron and Eugene and families of Wadena, Saskatchewan. Peter was predeceased by mother Tatiana in 1973, father John in 1985 and sister Ann in 1994.