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Ronald William Peters

May 16, 1947 - May 16, 2023


Ronald Peters (76), of Invermere, BC, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2023.

Ron was born and raised on the family farm outside of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. After high school, he moved to Winnipeg, and then Calgary, Alberta, before the age of twenty. It was while working for AGT in Calgary that he met Elizabeth, the love of his life. They were married in Calgary on June 26, 1971 and in November of that year they went into business together, moving to Invermere, BC and purchasing the Toby Theatre.

In 1977, Ron obtained his Private Pilot’s License, which enabled him and his family to travel to places like Vancouver, BC, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Saskatoon, SK, when they weren’t showing movies on the big screen. He later taught his teenage daughter Nicole how to fly a single engine airplane. Ron loved to laugh, watch baseball, enjoyed science-fiction, and was an avid learner, teaching himself about computers long before they were commonplace.

While some customers attending a movie may have referred to him as Mr. Toby, his favourite role was one of husband and father. He was a man of quiet strength, devoted to caring for his family, and was particularly gifted when it came to carpentry, creating beautiful spaces upstairs in the family home as well as in the theatre lobby and auditorium. Running the theatre for 43 years was a labour of love that required hard work, skill and ingenuity more often than not.

Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Tammy and Nicole. He is also survived by his brother, Edward. Ron was predeceased by his parents, John and Annabel, and sister, Shirley.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Shannon Page, RN Deena Weber and Rev. Katherine Hough for their unwavering support and compassionate care.

At Ron’s request, no funeral or memorial service will be held.


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Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jacqueline and Peter Ermens
Relation: Family

Dear Elly, Nicole and Tammy.
Our condolences on the loss of a dear husband and dad. We, Peter and Jacqueline, have actually only seen Ron for a few days. But the days we spent with him was super! Also it felt familiar with your whatsapps that we send each other. The Tribute to Ron was very beautiful written. You could feel the love and respect for Ron.

We wish you a lot of strength with this loss and digital hugs and kisses.
Love Jacqueline and Peter Ermens
Etten-Leur, The Netherlands

From: Annet , Pim Labee
Relation: family of Elly

Dear Elly, Tammy and Nicole,
Our condolences on your loss. Ron was a great man and I am glad I met him.
The time I was in Canada , he came to pick me up with his plane because I couldn’t
get at your place because the road was blocked. I will never forget that and also the time we spend together with my family / mam/ dad / for 5 hollidays in total.
Take care Elly, Nicole and Tammy xxx

From: Randy and Annie Hagstrom
Relation: Family

So sorry to hear of the loss of Ron, he was a wonderful father and husband and will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him! Our visits together will always be our treasured memories of him! Hugs to you and the girls!

From: Grey & Connie Bradatsch

Sad to hear of Rons passing. I will always remember talking to Ron about the Toby theatre, its projector, and all the other workings of their movie theatre. He was very passionate about it, and very engaging.
Our condolences to the Peters family, we will miss Ron.

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