It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Kliment. With his wife by his side, he was released from the clutches of a horrible illness and his spirit is now free.
Pete was born on January 6, 1960 in Cassiar, BC to Frank and Hedwig Kliment. As a kid in the north, he loved spending time at their cabin on Chain Lakes (Boya Lake) and spent many hours fishing there. He enjoyed playing hockey, hiking with his snowshoes to shoot ptarmigan and riding snowmobiles. Pete always said that once you’ve lived in the north it becomes a part of your soul. He had so many fond memories of growing up in Cassiar and spoke of it often.
When Pete was in grade 11 the family moved to Williams Lake, BC where he graduated high school and worked at the mill for a short time before moving to Elkford. He started at Fording River Operations as a Labourer and then a Carpenter Apprentice until the cutbacks in the 80’s forced him onto the hill to drive haulage truck for a few years. He was later given the opportunity to take a Welding Apprenticeship. He was a Journeyman Welder until his health forced him to retire in 2016.
Peter loved the outdoors spending time in the bush hunting (especially when Erik & Jayden could join him), fishing, camping, and bobbing around in his boat. He was a talented woodworker and could always be found out in his shop creating all kinds of beautiful things.
Peter loved spending time with his golden retrievers and spent time everyday walking with them and hiking the mountains. They were an inseparable trio. He missed those walks when his health no longer allowed him to do that.
Peter is survived by his loving wife Debbie, his sons whom he was so very proud of, Erik (Kim Burton) and Kalon, the apples of his eye, grandsons Jayden and Rylon, mother Hedwig, brothers Otto (Therese) & Frank (Marion), sister Waltraud, brothers & sisters-in-law Bruce & Betti Clarke, Ken & Rhonda Clarke and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Frank, father and mother-in-law Bud & Mary Clarke, good friend Garry Shiosaki, and his golden girls Bailey & Sierra.
Peter became ill at the end of 2015 and was eventually diagnosed with early onset Lewy Body Dementia. He fought against the illness until the end.
The family is forever grateful to the amazing staff at Rocky Mountain Village for the care and compassion Pete received over the past two years.
A family graveside service will be held next summer.
So very loved and never forgotten.
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