A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, August 15, 2022 at the Access Event Centre, Morden with memorial reception to follow at the Morden Airport

James Edward Peters

1968 - 2022

A phrase that Jim lived by was “This world is for the bold and the brave”, and did he ever live by these words each and every day. Born in Teulon, Manitoba on February 18, 1968 James Edward Peters was a light, and energizer bunny from the get-go. As a young boy, full of life and mischievousness, Jim knew how to have fun. Raised by Gertrude Johanna Meier and the late Walter Harry Peters, Jim began working in his dad’s car maintenance garage as early as 12 years old, bringing passion, creativity, laughter and more fun than work to the garage. Jim loved to play with his late sister, June Diane Peters as a young boy and through the ups and downs of life, Jim’s older brother, Ronnie John Peters, described Jim as an encourager. During a low, Ronnie recounts 12-year-old Jim saying “Well, you just have to get back on your horse and ride again”. Jim, Ronnie, their oldest brother, Gary Bruce Peters and countless friends would hunt, fish and camp and play classic rock music together. Jim attended Balmoral Elementary, graduating from Stonewall High School in 1986 where he excelled in athletics and in practical jokes. He has always been naturally gifted in mechanics, fixing things, creating things and creating relationships. Following high school, Jim began his career as an auto-body mechanic through Red River College. He quickly learned of his preference to work in aircraft mechanics and began training as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) from 1987-1991. Jim’s love for adventure then drew him to Thompson, MB where he worked for Skyward and Calm Air as an AME and quickly took to the skies in 1992. Shortly after, Jim met his beautiful wife, Carla Susan Wall. Their relationship was immediately effortless, full of humor and full of romance. In 1994, Carla joined Jim in Thompson to work as a Physiotherapist and were married on July 22, 1995. Carla and Jim enjoyed fly-in fishing, exploring, cooking, socializing and laughing together. In 1997, Carla and Jim were called to Morden, MB for Jim’s enticing career as a mechanic and aerial applicator. Within two to three years, Jim was the owner of an aircraft maintenance business, Southern Manitoba Aircraft Rebuilders (SMAR), a flight school, now known as Mountain City Aviation (MCA) and an aerial applicator business, Pembina Air Service (PAS). His determination, work ethic and perseverance in operating and maintaining these organizations successfully was obvious. Jim would never sweat the small stuff. His happy-go-lucky nature earned him an infinite amount of friends and touched so many. For someone who loved to fly, Jim was the most grounded individual. He was profound, wise beyond his years and deeply spiritual. Jim was real and always open and ensured that everyone he met knew their value and how much Jim loved and appreciated them. When his three children came along, Vienna June (1998), Katia Milan (2000) and Aiden James (2003), he was intentional about sharing with them his own fears, passions, dreams and goals and intentional about teaching each child to do the same. He taught them to love deeply, live fiercely, to be bold and to be brave. The Peters family packed their years together with cabin time at Laughing Water Lodge, ski trips to Fernie, Lake Louise and Colorado, trips to Mexico and loads of quality time simply being together. Time spent on the back deck while Jim cooked the most extravagant dinners, morning time in the sunroom with a cup of coffee talking politics or time talking faith and spirituality over a glass of Appleton in the evenings. Family and friends were the most important thing to Jim, but aviation and his businesses were a close second. Jim’s natural aptitude for mechanics led him to leave his special touch on countless aircraft. His magnificent paint jobs, thoughtful mechanical considerations and the way he paid attention to detail made him a master. Jim also inspired and mentored countless young and old aviators. He worked selflessly to keep the opportunity to learn and experience the gift of flight alive in his community of Morden, MB. He constantly challenged himself to learn and grow despite his already incredible repertoire. Recently, Jim passed his Class IV flight instructor written exam and was studying to become an official instructor to keep his flight school Mountain City Aviation thriving. He also delivered aerial application through Pembina Air as if he was spraying his very own fields. He treated each work-order as if it were the most important work-order, he flew with heart and with grace and to satisfy to the utmost of his abilities, all of his customers. Jim, although aviation took something so special from us, we promise to continue to use aviation as a way to feel connected to you. We promise to honor your legacy, as a pilot, but also as the greatest husband, dad, son, brother and friend of all time. We promise to love deeply, live fiercely and to be bold and brave. We will see you in the skies.

Memorial service on Monday August 15, 2022 at the Access Event Centre in Morden.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements


Contact Us

Winkler: 204-325-4201
Morden: 204-822-4755
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9-12:00 PM and 1-5:00 PM