We are heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend Peter John McElhatton after a lengthy illness. Peter was born on May 28, 1927, in Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and he peacefully departed this world to be with His Saviour on August 27, 2017. We will miss him every day until we meet again. Peter is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years (anniversary September 22) Mary Josephine; his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Wanda McElhatton, and their daughter, Bridget; two daughters, Monica McElhatton Stasuk, her husband, Randall Stasuk, and Monica and Randall’s children Theresa Stasuk Yuen, Matthew (Kylie Darwish), Aisling, and Conall Stasuk, and Theresa’s husband, William Yuen and Bernadette McElhatton and her children Roisin and Cashel McElhatton. Peter also leaves his brother, Joe McElhatton, of Watford; his sister, Martha Farrell, of London; his brother-in-law Stephen Farrell of London; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Anthony and Rosemary Keenan of Brampton; his sister, Elizabeth Dymytrasz, of Cookstown; his sisters-in-law Kathleen McElhatton of London, Rose Gorman of Omagh, and Kathleen McPhillips of Ardmore; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, and Australia. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Brigid and John McElhatton; his brothers, Daniel, Patrick, and Gerard; his sisters Minnie, Rachel, Kathleen, and Ann-Marie; his sisters-in-law Chrissie, Kitty, and Mary; his brothers-in-law Michael Keenan, Frank Keenan, Jim Keenan, Peter Keenan, Anthony Keenan, Brendan Keenan, Patrick Keenan, George Dymytrasz, Hughie Donnelly, Peter Gorman, and John McPhillips; and his parents-in-law Bridget and Patrick Keenan.
Peter immigrated to Canada with his wife and three children on Thanksgiving Day, 1967.
He first settled in Red Deer with his family and then moved to Edmonton where he was self-employed as a Masonry Contractor. Peter loved adventure! He worked throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Florida. The world is a better place because of what he built and the lives he touched. Peter was an All-Ireland Wrestling Champion in 1957, an achievement of which he was very proud. He won many other Wrestling titles and championships in Europe including at the World’s Fair in Belgium and he was chosen to represent his country at the Olympic Games in 1956. He pursued his wrestling career in Calgary in the late 1960’s with promoter Stu Hart. Peter also enjoyed long distance running, winning his age category in a run in Michigan when he was 65. We enjoyed the stories of his life’s journey and his travels over many years; he was an adventurer at heart and he loved the Gold Rush and Frontier Mythology of Western Canada and the Western United States, the poetry of Robert Service, and traditional Irish ballads. Peter faithfully returned to his home in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland as often as possible to visit family and friends. He was a devoted husband and father and best friend. We will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for our dad at Assumption Catholic Church on Friday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Father Mitch Fidyka officiating.
Daid, go dtí go gcomhlíonfaimid arís, d’fhéadfá Dia a shealbhú i bpilmeán a láimh.