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Manylyk, Peter F


Peter Manylyk passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016, at home in Albuquerque. He is survived by wife, Mary Symons; daughter, L.A. Kelton; grandchildren, Peter Kelton, Madeline Kelton, Ali Kelton; niece, Mary Arthur; and family, Jennifer and John Cornish, Dan and Monica Johnson, David andSheila Johnson.

Peter is preceded in death by wife of 35 years, Loys; parents, Teodor "Fred" and Lena Manylyk; siblings, Alex, Helen, Annie, Olga Amon; brother-in-law, John Amon; nephew, Roy Arthur.

Peter was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He suffered a very difficult early life during which his family lost their farm. In High School he enlisted in the Canadian Air Force. Following WWII he worked in a gold mine near Yellowknife. He was also a trapper and once nearly died when he fell through the ice of the Yellowknife River. He enjoyed fast pitch baseball, hockey, and most notably was skip of his curling team, winning a classic Hudson's Bay Point blanket in the 1945 World Cup. Pete was married briefly to Jean, who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. He lived in Los Angeles at the time and married Loys Held from Minneapolis. The two had one daughter, Loys Anne "L.A". Peter worked for NCR and was transferred to Detroit, where he also worked for Union Paper. The family lived on the island of Grosse Ile and enjoyed boating, camping, tennis, ice skating, and sledding. In 1988, they moved to Florida where Peter&Loys attended University of Florida, earning degrees in horticulture. Peter became an American citizen in 1991. After Loys' death in 1997, Peter moved to Orange Beach, Alabama, to be near family. When Hurricane Ivan destroyed their beach home, he moved to Houma, Louisiana, then Corrales, NM. Later he moved to Albuquerque to live with his beloved wife, Mary Symons. Pete&Mary have enjoyed their lives together.

Peter has always been an adventurous spirit enjoying travel and was an accomplished bridge player earning his Life Masters in Florida. Though shy, Pete had a quick wit and an easy going way of making those around him happy. He will be fondly remembered by all of us. To know him was to love him.

A memorial mass will be held Friday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, UNM. A second memorial will take place Saturday, October 8th, at 4:15 at Duke City Bridge Club.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 18, 2016
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