March 1, 1960 – July 12, 2014
Peter Michael Didrichsen of Stettler, passed away in Stettler on July 12, 2014 at the age of 54 years. Peter was born and raised in Stettler. After graduating high school, Peter worked for Alberta Transportation for about one year. He then went on to study at Red Deer College, where he graduated with a diploma in Business Administration. He then attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he received a Bachelor of Recreation Administration, majoring in management and supervision. Peter’s first job in tourism was working with Winter Cities, an international conference involving mayors from nations in cold climates of the world. Peter also worked in Alberta Tourism. Peter was in management positions with the Battle River Tourist Association in Camrose for many years. Most recently, Peter was manager for over a decade at the Jewell Theater in Stettler. Peter served a term as President of the Stettler Chamber of Commerce and he was active as a volunteer with the Canadian Northern Society and the Big Valley Historical Society. Peter was very interested in Tourism marketing and promotion, and he also worked independently in this area. He was always interested in new ways to make venues more interesting for people. Peter enjoyed travel himself and some of his favorite times in life were probably his travels near and far. In his twenties, Peter visited the British Isles, Scandinavia, Iceland, France, Switzerland and even the former Soviet Union. In more recent years, Peter and his friends would travel to cities in the U.S.A. and Canada and attend baseball and football games, museums and historical sites. Peter’s passion for sports was well known, and he was seldom seen without a ball cap on. Peter himself played baseball and curled as a youth. A lesser known passion of Peter’s was a strong interest in history, including World War II history and Viking civilization. Peter also loved animals and had a pet rabbit named Spike. Peter was a generally happy, friendly and easygoing guy his whole life. He liked to make people laugh and to surprise people with little gifts. At his birth, Peter was not expected to live for more than a few days. He ultimately lived for 54 years before succumbing to cancer of the esophagus. Peter is survived by his father Finn Didrichsen of Stettler, his sister Sara (Neil) Humphreys of Stettler and their son Andrew (Leah) Humphreys of Calgary; and by his sister Nora Didrichsen of Calgary, family in England including his cousin Suzy (Steve) Morris and by many cousins and extended family members in Denmark. Peter is also survived by many wonderful friends, several of whom spent hours at Peter’s bedside during his final days. Peter was predeceased by his mother Mary Cecilia Didrichsen. A service to celebrate Peter’s life will be held at the Christ-King Catholic Church in Stettler on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. to allow all family to be present. All who attend are invited to wear their favorite sports jersey to the funeral and ball cap to be worn after the funeral service in memory of Peter. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Peter, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Northern Society in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315.
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