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CHMILIAR, Peter September 30, 1924 - June 15, 2010 On June 15, Peter Chmiliar passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Peter leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years, Lillian, children Debbie (Ken) Nikolai, of Karmi, Cyprus; Rod (Lori) of St. Albert; Tim of Pristina, Kosovo; Jayme (Brenda) of Mapleridge, B.C. and grandchildren Angela, Mark, Nicholas, and Jackson. He was predeceased by brothers Mike, Bill and Nick, sisters Annie Hayduk and Mary Sydorko and parents Fred and Cassie. Peter worked for 25 years at Land Titles and then took on a new career as a Marriage Commissioner where he married over 6000 couples. What brought Peter the most joy though, was being in the spotlight as a stand up comic. He played Slawko, The Mayor of Vegreville, a role which continued until a few years ago when Alzheimers took away his memory. A Celebration of Peter's Life will be held on Sunday, June 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Beverly Heights Community Hall, 4209 - 111 Avenue. Donations in Peter's memory can be made to UNICEF Canada or the Alzheimer Society of Alberta.

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Published in Edmonton Journal on Jun. 17, 2010.
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June 24, 2010
Peter has and always will be one of my greatest mentors. He had a gift to instill confidence in others which remains unmatched. Only Peter could take a band of volunteers, filled with fear and apprehension, turn them into flamboyant performers, create an amazing experience for his audiences, and leave memories sprinkled like fairy dust throughout the community. I speak of him often, remembering how talented and funny he was. Who else could teach magic tricks to a bunch of novices, and pull off a show, promting the patrons to ask:
"Are you professionals?"

Prayers to Lil and all of his family. Peter was and always will be a class act.
Dianne Pare
June 20, 2010
Peter was a great entertainer, tour guide and friend. My prayers and thoughts go out to Lil and all the family.
Susan Peacock
June 18, 2010
To the man that I admired since I was a boy. He hired me as a drummer/Ukrainian dancer I was 14 (in the mid 70's) in his road shows. I was fortunate to be able to perform with him in his shows since. Thank you Peter for performing as a guest in my shows too. To my mentor, God Bless you Mr. Chmillar.
Ken Pawluk
June 18, 2010
My sincerest condolences to the family of Peter. I never had the pleasure of meeting any of you, but I had the immense pleasure of performing in some of the same shows as Peter. I would seek him out backstage to tell me stories, and tell them he would! I remember most clearly him telling me of his first act ever; in his parents living room at age 4! Once a comedian, always a comedian. He'll be missed.
Debbie Kostyk (Beaulieu)
June 18, 2010
Tim and family,
My condolences,
Jacky (Primeau) Bossert, Edmonton, Alberta
June 18, 2010
Lillian and family,
Peter was a wonderful man and we have many fond memories. We are sorry we cannot attend the service on Sunday but please know our thoughts and love are with you.
Peter & Virginia Shewchuk
June 17, 2010
I only knew him thru the theater at the Beverly Heights hall. He was a true entertainer! I'm very sure he will be sadly missed.
Jeanette Martin
June 17, 2010
Peter married us in your lovely home in April of 1989. Along with your neighbor, you stood as witnesses for us. We will always remember that day with fondness.
Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Barb & Mike Skeels
June 17, 2010
Auntie Lil,
Great Uncle Peter married Michele and I almost 20 years ago. It was special day for the two of us, but Uncle Peter always had a way of lighting up a room with his comical attributes. At the end of the ceremony I walked up to Uncle Peter and said, I believe I owe you some money for this. He said, Yes my son. Took the money, walked over to Michele and said, Michele, I want you to go buy yourself something nice.
Now I want you and your family to celebrate all the good times you had with your husband, with your dad and with your friend.
Neil & Michele Shewchuk
June 17, 2010
Our sincere sympathies to your family.
We shall remember Peter and his comedian antics that we enjoyed so very much
Roland & Sylvia Beaudoin
June 17, 2010
Backstage with a great man.
WE heard the thunder the other day...but we know it was applause/laughter in Heaven, they are lucky to have you. Godspeed the greatest entertainer and gentleman ever....your lines will always be remembered.
Lily & Kevin Becker
Taramay Curtis
June 17, 2010
Lil & Family
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Peter. He was a great man who always had a smile for everyone and a helping hand. I, Sophie, worked with him at Land Titles and it was a pleasure to have him as a Supervisor and a friend.
May he rest in peace.
Sophie/Edward Golko
June 17, 2010
Our condolences to all the family.

Bob & Dorothy Taschuk
Port Alberni, B.C.
June 17, 2010
My sincere condolences to the Family of Peter. He was a very kind and gentle man. He will be missed.

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June 17, 2010
Mr. Chmiliar was our JP when my husband and I married in 1984. He was a lovely man and made the ceremony memorable with his humour. (The bride thought the ceremony was over and took off her shoes as they hurt. Mr. Chmiliar just smiled and asked if that felt better and could he continue.) He was also the JP for my brother and his wife who now currently reside in Australia, just to give a sense as to how far some of his couples have moved. My sincere condolences to your family.
M Halberg
June 17, 2010
We were one of the 6,000 couple married by Mr. CHMILIAR almost 20 years ago. Although we only met Mr. CHMILIAR briefly, his charm and warm personality helped make our special day that much more memorable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.
Ken & Renée Kshyk
June 17, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Peter was an amazing man full of fun and energy! We all had so much fun on stage for so many years, memories that will live on in my heart for years to come.
We will all miss him dearly.
His legacy will live on forever!!
Debi Currie (Cornfield)
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