Passed on September 3, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Blaine Peterson, local resident of Stonewall, MB. He is survived by his partner Paulette and his two children, Teague (husband, Tom) and Kael (fiancée, Raquel). Blaine grew up in Cartwright, MB where his passion for hockey started when he was a young boy. As a player he was able to progress to the WHL. One of his most memorable athletic accomplishments was winning two Memorial Cups with the New Westminster Bruins. Then ‘having a cup of coffee’ with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and having the opportunity of being on the ice with the great Bobby Orr. Blaine put his immense hockey knowledge towards coaching Kael’s teams, starting from Squirts and finishing with the Stonewall Jets. He was a great coach, not just to his son but to everyone on the team. He always knew how to help someone be better, be kind about it, and tell a good hockey story. When Kael finished his hockey career, Blaine continued to serve as President of the Manitoba AAA Hockey League. Blaine traveled in all weathers to watch the kids play, happiest inside a hockey rink surrounded by the atmosphere of the sport. A short time before his passing Blaine was featured in the Brandon Sun for his time in the WHL. His family was very proud and happy to see his infamous mustache existed even then. Blaine’s other passions were music (Patsy Cline being his all time favorite), dancing (doing the polka with Paulette at the drop of hat), and watching old loony tune episodes. He was always happy to recite Hillbilly Hare word for word whenever he had an audience. But his greatest joys were his two children. He taught Teague and Kael how to tell a story, the worth of a good ‘dad joke’, and the importance of laughter and fun. Blaine missed Teague after she moved to Australia, but always loved to hear her voice over the phone and shared big belly laughs at her stories and sarcasm. Blaine and Kael became each other’s sports fan therapists once Kael finished hockey and Blaine finished coaching. Culminating with winning their first Fantasy Baseball championship together last season as “Pinky and the Blaine”. Along with his family, Blaine will be missed by his sisters, Lee and Rae, and their families, his in-laws and their families, his former and current co-workers, and all the lives he touched throughout his life long involvement in sports. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. There will be no formal service however a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
I worked with Blaine at NavCanada and will always remember his great laugh and sparkling eyes. We laughed a lot together, him as Peer Advisor and me as the NAVCOH. He was forthright but kind, fun but compassionate. Always a pleasure to be around. I wish peace to the family in their time of loss.
Maureen Grace (Mo)
Heartfelt thoughts to Blaine's family and friends. Growing up in Cwt we all knew of Blaine's hockey career and so happy he had gone onto the big ice! So sorry he is gone far too soon.
Lynn (Brogden) Checkley
So sorry to hear about Blaine. I went to Elementary school with him in Cartwright and my husband, Shayne road the bus and visited each day with Blaine and Erwin on their way to Killarney high school before they moved on with their hockey careers. Wish we had kept in touch. Our sympathies to you and your family. Melanie Gibson
Paulette and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Blaine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Dean and Donna Couvier
Dean and Donna Couvier
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