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Peter A. "Pete" Petiot (1911-1956)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, March 8, 1956

Headline: Local Sportsman, Pete Petiot, Laid To Rest, 1956

    Peter Petiot, popular Whitehorse businessman and sportsman, was laid to rest in Whitehorse cemetery this afternoon at 2:30 following funeral services in First Presbyterian Church, Rev. Robert Anderson officiating. Mr. Petiot's death followed a long illness.

    Funeral rites were attended by brother Elks in regalia and by a host of friends of the likeable, friendly figure.

    "Pete" Petiot was well-known in the Yukon, arriving here in 1935 from Alberta where he was born at Cowley, April 27, 1911. He went first to Elsa and Mayo but decided to make Whitehorse his home in 1941 when he joined Dick White as a barber.

    The "Vet's" Barber Shop and the erection of the Pettot Block were highlights of Mr. Petiot's business endeavours. His shop was always the hub of sport-minded fans, with hockey, fishing and hunting the main topics - accompanied by never-failing humour and repartee. Pete was a hockey player in his youth back in Alberta and never lost the thrill of the game. His last active years as a player were with Calumet Bombers at Elsa. Vice-president for many years of the Town hockey team, Pete was at all games supporting his players. Mr. Petiot was also a member of the Fish and Game Association, Board of Trade, B.O.P. Elks and Kiwanis as well as being a Civic Centre booster.

    Pete's memory was honoured by a period of silence at Sunday's hockey game at Civic Centre when news of his death was announced to the fans. A tribute to a good sportsman and supporter of any young people's sport program.

    Mr. Petiot leaves his wife Laura, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Carney of Pincher Creek, and Felecia Mary of Bellevie, Alberta. The pallbearers were friends of long standing, Hugo Seaholm, Robert Sheardown, James Norrington, Don Macphail, Bill Hancock and Dick White. W. J. Morris was in charge of the funeral arrangements.