PALEY

PALEY – Peter 1914-2007 Peter Paley passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at the age of 93 years. Peter was born on the family farm at Rosa, Manitoba, June 1, 1914. He attended junior high in Winnipeg and while there first enlisted with the, Lord Strathcona Horse Cadet Corps, then later, The 10th Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Peter farmed with his dad and helped run a sawmill in his early years. He was a licensed steam engineer at the age of nineteen years. In July 1937 Peter joined a newly formed RCMP Reserve Force and took his training in Regina. That September he engaged in the regular force and was assigned Reg No. 12953. He underwent a further six months training in Regina, followed by equitation. Peter was posted to Edmonton in July, 1938, and served in a variety of rural and urban detachments in Central Alberta until 1948. Peter's father built a garage in Dominion City that year and Peter returned to Manitoba to operate and manage the family garage. After four and a half years, Peter re-engaged in the RCMP (April 1952) and was posted to Edmonton's General Investigation Section. Peter became an expert arson investigator / witness in the intervening years. He was subsequently transferred to Calgary sub-division, serving as NCO I/C General Investigation Section, Section NCO and Sub-Division NCO. He retired in 1972 with twenty-nine and a half years of service, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Peter was a devoted and dedicated member of the Force, who served with pride and perseverance in all assigned tasks. Following retirement Peter worked for Bechtel Canada in Fort McMurray and Edmonton. In 1977 Peter's parents passed away and he returned home to Manitoba to assist his brother Maurice run the family garage business. In the fall of 1983 he moved to Red Deer. Peter received a number of medals and commendations for outstanding service. He was also a very generous man, Peter freely supported a number of charities and organizations, including Scouts Canada, who in his honour named Paley Hall at Camp Woods, Sylvan Lake. Peter is survived by his son, Richard Paley, Calgary, his daughter, Phyllis McLaren and a grandson Scott McLaren both of Wetaskiwin, a brother, Maurice Paley of Manitoba and his step – daughter, Margaret McKinnon of Red Deer. He was predeceased by his wives, Xenia (Caroline) Paley, Margaret Paley and Lena Paley. A Memorial Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 4718 Ross Street, Red Deer, on Tuesday September 25, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. If desired charitable donations in Peter's Memory may be made directly to, Knox Presbyterian Church, 4718 Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X2 or to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Service and Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222.


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