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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 deeply saddened by Pete’s tragic passing. He was always so full of life and laughter and I know he had a lot more left in him for the years ahead. My sincere condolences to Nancy, Marianne and the rest of his family. Until we meet again.
Peter was a true character.
My thoughts, love and prayers are with the family during this time. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Peter my entire life. Dinner parties growing up were always made better with his jokes, stories, laugh, and of course, silly faces. He will be missed by many.
Nancy, Pete was a great friend shipmate and fellow submariner. We had many a good time and i will miss him. The submarine service lost a good one. Penny and i send love and prayers in this hard time. God bless
David and Susan Schiller
May you and your family find peace through Jesus in this time of sorrow.
Pete was the best of us, wonderful human being, great submariner. Will be missed by us all. "Rest your oars mate" your work here is done.
Rest in Peace Peter. You were a great shipmate. You will be missed.
A true role model. Will be deeply missed.
Darlene and Hubert Janssen.
Wherever a beautiful soul has been...there is a trail of beautiful memories. We have lost a dear friend and a great neighbour. You will be forever missed and never forgotten
We are never grown up enough to say goodbye to a beloved parent. May Jesus comfort you through your grief! May He be the rock on which your mother stands giving her courage and hope through her faith in Jesus! Thank you , Father, for the life of service and Godly witness that shone forth the light and gospel to all who knew him! May he rejoice in the presence of our Saviour!♥️🙏🏻♥️