Peter was born on Oct. 4, 1924 to Michael and Francis (Kowalchuk) Babchishin in Badger Dale, near Canora, Saskatchewan on their Homestead. He was one of 14 children: Consisting of 9 brothers and 5 sisters.
Peter received his education at a country school near Tadmore, Saskatchewan. On Oct. 20th, 1952, He went on to marry Caroline Wieder in the St. Patrick Roman Catholic church in Sturgis, Saskatchewan. He then proceeded to live in Tadmore for an additional 8 years before moving to a farm in Durban, Manitoba and farmed until 1984. Afterwards, they moved to an acreage outside of Winnipeg in 1984 where they resided till 1987 and relocated to the city where he lived until his passing.
Peter and Caroline had two children: First being Barry who was born June 27th, 1962 and Karen (February 19, 1964). The kids were very much involved in all aspects of farming, horticulture and 4-H in Durban, Benito and Swan River districts. Unfortunately, Barry got sick and was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of thirteen and did not survive.
Karen married Brent on July 29th, 1995. Then on May 8th, 1998, Cole Harrison Froese was born. Two years later on May 7th, 2000, Jarret Nicholas Froese was born. Peter and Caroline loved and cherished every moment with them. He was a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending every moment with his grandkids: Going to the park, playing ball, building sand castles, and making every moment special for Cole and Jarret. At the age of 96, he graciously helped Karen and Jarret cut down Cedars and chop them to be hauled away – once more reliving fond memories with Paul in the bush.
Peter was a member of The Knights of Columbus and was honoured to serve. He attended weekly meetings and cherished his friendships throughout his participation.
In his many hours of hard work, Peter and Caroline grew grain, raised beef cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and horses. Additionally, he enjoyed spending time with his family at Madge Lake, attending family get-togethers, and barbecues. Peter loved to help Caroline grow flowers and beautify their surroundings. In 1974, they entered The District Home Ground Competition and won. In 1978 they were runners up in The Provincial Home Ground Competition and won in 1979.
Peter peacefully passed away on Oct. 22nd, 2021 after a short illness at the age of 97. He survived by his daughter Karen and grandsons Cole and Jarret. Peter was predeceased by his wife Caroline (Aug. 25, 2015); his son Barry (March 1976); sisters: Michelena, Mary, Angella, Kate, and Margaret; and brothers: John, Thomas, Bill, Joe, Nick, Victor, Paul, and Walter. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
In keeping with provincial regulations,
a private family service will take place
and Peter will be laid to rest in the
Birchwood Cemetery, Swan River, Manitoba.
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