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Peter Traves Heppleston, known as “Pete” to his siblings and “Hollywood Hepp” to his submarine buddies, was born on May 26, 1954 in Brockville, Ontario. On June 4, 2021, at the age of 67, God took Peter back to Himself while he was doing one of the things he loved best – riding his motorcycle.
Peter attended Brockville Collegiate Institute, and then worked as a brakeman for CNR, before beginning his career with the Canadian Navy in March 1976. He proudly wore his submariner’s “dolphins” for the rest of his life, and even after retirement from his military career in 1996,he continued to actively serve in the Submariners Association of Canada (Central Branch), including in the role of President for 4 years. After his military service, he worked as a defence contractor, and eventually joined the public service in the Department of National Defence for about 11 years until his retirement in 2018.
If you ask anyone who knew Peter, the first thing they would say about him is that his sense of humour was larger than life. Indeed, Peter had a true gift for making people laugh. He equally enjoyed spending quality time with those close to him, discussing things of the heart. He had a lifelong passion for motorcycle riding, and also enjoyed travelling, RV camping, and listening to 70s rock and roll and blues.
Peter was a faithful husband and devoted father and “Poppa”. He never felt he was too old to get down on his hands and knees, make goofy cartoon voices, and fire pillow torpedoes on stuffed animals posing as pirates. He was a natural life teacher. He transmitted his great sense of fun and his faith in Jesus to his daughter and grandson.
Peter will be dearly missed by so many. Most especially, he will be missed by his wife Nancy; daughter Marianne Botting (Michael); grandson Elias; brother John (April); three sisters Jacqueline VanSchaik (Tony), Rea Jansen (Terryl), and Adrienne Simkins (Larry); father-in-law Bill Savidant; two sisters-in-law Cindy Forbes (Peter) and Michele Arsenault; and many nieces and nephews, for many of whom “Uncle Pete” was their favourite uncle.
He is predeceased by his parents, Traves and Ruth; his sister Margaret (RJ); mother-in-law Noreen Savidant; and his brother-in-law Marc Arsenault.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in memory of Peter be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or to Wounded Warriors Canada.
I [Jesus] will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
I am so sorry for your family's loss. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family. May God continues to shine bright even amidst this difficult time.
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Peter. May the Lord comfort you as only He can.
Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed.
Peter. You were one of a kind. A fine man, friend, sailor and submariner. Your legacy will live on in our hearts as the man you were. You will be missed. You have rode off into the sunset. Be in peace Pete. Dolphin 38.
On behalf of the Submariners Association of Canada East, its Executive and Members we offer our condolences to Peter's family and his many friends at this time. Peter will not be forgotten for his support of submarines and the Associations. RIP Peter. Dolphin 38.
When I joined submarines in 1981, Peter Heppleston embodied the pirate image I had of these strange sailors who wore civilian clothes at sea, and who stopped work at 1:00 pm every day alongside. That illusion changed for me the day I saw Peter crossing the brow with a newborn baby in his hands, looking as proud as a man can be.
I've been happy to call him friend, shipmate, and colleague over the years, and served as Secretary under the benevolent dictatorship of his time as Prez of SAOC Central. Thank you for sharing life with me for a while, Peter, and good luck with your Heaven Part III's. My sincere condolences to his family, both intimate and extended, and how I wish they weren't necessary quite yet.
"Trimming forward to aft, Sir." Farewell, Hollywood.
RIP Brother, we have the watch.
Fred and Wendy Legiehn
We are praying for you Nancy and know that Jesus is sharing your sorrow Psalms 121:1-2 My help comes from the Lord. It’s comforting to know Marianne is with you as she feels this painful loss.
Fair winds and following seas Peter. May you rest in eternal peace.
he was a hard working father i also encourage the loved daughter to have the strong heart during this trying moment May his soul rest in peace