Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Monday March 18, 2024 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment for close friends and family prior to the service at 10:00AM at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Sunday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clifford's memory to Central Stationmt_ignore
Clifford Jake Peters
1954 ~ 2024
 

 

Clifford Jake Peters was born on Christmas Day; Dec 25, 1954 at the Winkler hospital; the fourth child to Frank and Kathy Peters. Together with his twin Gordon and his six brothers he grew up in Gnadenthal, Manitoba. He was baptized in his teenage years and continued to attend Blumenorter Mennonite church in Rosetown for the remainder of his life.

Life on the Peters farm was never dull; especially with a house full of boys.  Mom Peters always told the story of how the twins actually rocked themselves in unison on the couch since nobody had time to hold them.  Another story Mom Peters always shared was that you could walk into the room and the twins would be talking to each other in their own language that nobody else could understand.

As a young boy Cliff always showed an interest in farming; it did not take long before Cliff was figuring out how to take things apart and put them back together better. One winter he took apart a whole combine to service it and put it back together and it worked!  In his teenage years Cliff played baseball for the Gnadenthal Generals and later became their coach. These baseball games were the highlight for the community and surrounding area and the crowds often went wild with their cheering. In the winter Cliff spent many nights curling and bowling.

Cliff met his sweetheart Sue at a curling bonspiel and soon they were dating.  They were married on March 25, 1995 and began their life on the family farm in Gnadenthal. Cliff farmed with his brother Terry and cousin Alfred for many years. He loved the farm life and everything that came with it; the visiting in the shop, the snacks and meals together with their farm community and friends, many laughs and memories were shared through the years on the farm. There were many strict rules farming with the Peters; combining had to quit by 9. There were other more important priorities like grilled cinnamon buns, disc fries and beers. Some days Cliff would complain how he got nothing done… too many people stopping in to visit, but that was just who Cliff was; people were drawn to him and his easy-going personality. People just loved to be around him.

Winters were for traveling; Cliff and Sue visited many different destinations; Hawaii and Mexico amongst their favorites. Cliff and Sue retired from farming in 2016, and they moved to Winkler in 2017.

Cliff was a regular attender of the local coffee shop. He loved nothing more than to visit and Kabitz about farming, fishing, sports and whatever else was happening at the time.

He loved going for walks with the dogs and used the walks as an opportunity to stop in and visit with whomever he met along the way. After retiring from farming; Clifford decided he needed a retirement hobby; soon after he purchased their first fishing boat; and then a camper; and eventually they discovered Pye’s Landing; this quickly became their second home. Here they spent countless hours fishing, visiting and eating delicious food with friends; meeting new people and building a second community surrounded by people who cared for them.

Cliff was so fun loving, humorous, light hearted and joyful. He loved to play games; and even more he loved to win… even if that meant bending the rules a little. Cliff was so admirable; even amongst the most difficult circumstances Cliff had the ability to accept hard things and move forward with the saying “such is life.” On February 19th Cliff suffered a heart attack. He spent three days in St Boniface Hospital and one day after returning home, he suffered a brain bleed and then spent the last two weeks of his life at Health Science Center. He left his earthly home on March 11th and we rejoice with him as he found peace with his creator.

He is predeceased by his parents, his two brothers and his sister-in-law. Cliff will be deeply missed by his wife Sue, his brothers and their families from both sides, the Sugar Shack gang, the DJ’s coffee club, the Oasis coffee crew and his many friends far and wide. Cliff, you will be missed, we will see you on the other side.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Winkler Central Station.

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