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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.
Peter was an inspiration to me as another retired service member working in the public service for submarines. His sense of humour and friendly nature made the workplace enjoyable. God bless the family he leaves behind.
Dear Nancy, it was my pleasure to be in your home monthly as Peters foot-care nurse. His humour and stories always made me laugh. His mimic of my Scottish accent and questions about Scotland were heartwarming.
Your kindness I will never forget, I always left with cookies/ cake for my break out in the community. Deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family. R.I.P. Peter. Never will be forgotten.
Peter you were one wonderful man . You made me smile when George passed and I will never forget that. You RIP and I believe we will all meet again someday. Your pain is gone. An honour to call you my friend .?
Peter was our “backyard neighbour” as we would say. Such a wonderful man, always smiling, gentle in nature, friendly and funny!
We will miss seeing you waving to us from your patio door, your smile and jokes!
RIP Peter xo
Jamie, Erin and Charlotte Forbes
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We hope all the memories and time you shared together help ease your pain. ?
Leo, Ming, Amarah (Bexi) and Victoria Mok
We are heartbroken to hear of Peter's sudden passing, and think of the memories and laughs we shared with him and the whole family. We will miss him greatly. We are praying for deep comfort at this time for you, Nancy and Marianne. May God's presence bring you both peace at this time.
Ron and Leslie Bryson
We have so many fond memories of our get togethers with Peter, Nancy and Marianne over the past several decades. Peter was always sure to get us laughing with his antics and he will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to all the family .
Go rest high on that mountain Peter, your work here is done....and always keep the wind at your back. Condolences to family and friends ?
He will be missed very much by many friends and family.
Toutes mes condoléances à la famille et spécialement à Meriane , Mon cœur est avec toi, J’ai eu l’occasion de voir ton papa un homme très généreux avec son beau sourire, j’étais très triste d’entendre la nouvelle, Repose en paix. Widad et saad