ESTABROOKS, Eugene Milton “Pete” 1926 – 2012
After a life rife with family, friends and one-of-a-kind experiences, 85-year-old Eugene Milton (Pete) Estabrooks, of Calgary Alberta, passed away August 14, 2012. Born in McAdam Junction, New Brunswick, in 1926, Pete was blessed with a true sense of adventure. He moved with brother Carl and parents to Montreal where he excelled in football and hockey while becoming a machinist.
Pete met Peggy (nee Brown) travelling on the train into work one day, and married her in 1955. She encouraged and supported his wanderlust and thirst for knowledge in travels that began by garnering a geology degree at Brigham Young University and was followed by stops across the breadth of Canada and Australia before they settled in Calgary, where he retired in 1985. Throughout his life, Pete was passionate about learning, reading and reasoning, and was unfailing in his efforts as a father, hockey and boxing coach, athlete and devoted friend.
An active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pete was a kind and gracious man, an independent spirit and a heck of a corner man who will be missed and remembered lovingly by his friends. Pete and Peggy raised 7 children and loved 19 grandchildren. Those are Lynne (Matthew) and children Jessie, Dallin, Jacob and Kelly; Pete Jr. and children Tiffany, Mackenzie, Madison and Zhyra; Stephen (Val), and children Brendan and Connor; John; Paul (Jennie), and children Maggie and Addison; Michael and children Erin Lee, Joseph, Noah, Grace, Jacques, Nikko, and Ziggy; and Nicole (Cam). PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION: A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bow Valley Chapel, 2526-24 Avenue NW on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may say a final goodbye at a viewing at 10:00 a.m. Pete embodied the words of one of his favorite authors, Louis L’amour “He never knew when he was whipped … so he never was.” The family extend special thanks to the caring staff at the Rosedale Hospice. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca.