Desmond Pietersen

Desmond Silvadore Pietersen

Wednesday, December 14th, 1927 - Saturday, March 6th, 2021
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Pietersen, Desmond Silvadore – died peacefully at Mackenzie
Health Reactivation Care Centre on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at
the young age of 93. Beloved husband for 59 years to the late
Amy. Loving father of Beverley (Alex) Mihajlovic. Predeceased
by son Kevin Philip Pietersen (2004). Caring grandfather to
Nicole Tanya and Andre Alexander. He will be missed by
extended family and friends. Dad had a love of Andrea Bocelli’s
singing and he loved people. The family would appreciate donations to
the Canadian Cancer Society. Online tributes may be made at
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Fran Gallagher-Shuebrook

Posted at 01:50pm
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Des' passing. We remember him as being a spirited, lively, funny, true "gentleman" in the old-fashioned sense who carried himself with dignity --always wearing a suit as we recall. We're sending condolences to his immediate family and also to Karen and her family and Mel, Paul and Arthur. He's being missed by so many, but we're certain that he landed in the arms of so many who went before him and loved him as well. Blessings and Love to all of you and may you be strong together as you grieve. Fran and Ron Shuebrook

Karen Barrett

Posted at 01:18pm
Uncle Desmond was a wonderful uncle and I have many cherished memories of him. He was a loyal and loving brother to my mother, Yvonne and my aunts, Verna and Norma. They adored him and stood by him through thick and thin. Like the rest of his family, Uncle Des was not shy to voice his opinion, especially on matters that he felt strongly about. When my mother and I needed him, he was always quick to help us. He loved to watch hockey and tennis and would always vote for the Russians or Swedes, which would anger his son Kevin very much. I think he liked to tease us more than anything else. Uncle Des loved a good bargain at the grocery store and would come by our house to drop things off and would always ask “what did you pay for that”, we always knew he bought it somewhere else cheaper. He would always visit in a suit and tie because he liked to dress up.
I will miss you Uncle Des. Love Always, Karen

Laurie Ross Posted at 03:37pm

Very sweet tribute Karen, sorry for your loss. I hope your Uncle and his sisters are gabbing and laughing together in the hereafter. Laurie

Melanie Anderson-Shuebrook

Posted at 11:19am
When I was a child, my Uncle spent a lot of time in our home, as he, my Mom and Dad, and my grandfather used to play cards together. He also had a bit of an obsession about finding good deals at the grocery store! He would open our kitchen cupboards and scold my Mom for paying full price for items. We used to laugh about that quite a bit! He was a hard worker. No matter what job he was doing, he was extremely proud of his work. My Uncle loved tennis. He knew the names of all the tennis players, and he used to get up in the early hours of the morning to watch tournaments. My Uncle was kind, funny and generous - he gave me all kinds of items for my kitchen when he moved from his house into his retirement home and everything was in pristine condition. But most of all he loved his family and he would do anything for them. He was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather, and the last of the Pietersen clan. My mother and her sisters adored him, and we take comfort knowing that he will be with them and that he is at peace. Uncle Des, we will miss you and we love you. Rest in peace.

Melanie Anderson-Shuebrook, Arthur Anderson and Paul Shuebrook


Posted at 06:18pm
My memories of Desmond 'Mr' Pietersen began about '75 as I befriended his son Kevin. Kevin inherited Mr. P's feistiness and they both didn't mind being contrary . Mr. P would take the Russian's side in early matches against Canada as he liked their style and playmaking.
Father and son ping pong matches were truly a competition with a contrast of styles Kevin on offence with top spin and Mr. P always cutting the ball.
I think the ponies and tennis were Mr. P's favourite pastimes. Mr. P always wore his Wimbledon whites year round. Though Bocelli's singing treasured by Mr. P his number one passion was his family, and it was a loving one.
I will miss you Mr. Pietersen. Love, Jeff Curley

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