Peterson, Lloyd Wilfred Stanley
July 7, 1934 - September 17, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lloyd Wilfred Stanley Peterson at the age of 87 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in the early morning of September 17, 2021.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Barb, Shirley (Bill), Carol (Dids) and his grandchild Michelle who he loved very much. Also left to remember Lloyd is his sister Rose Derouard, nieces and nephews Joey, Allana, Lorne, Shannon, and Tyler.  The mother of his children, Carol Peterson along with many extended family and friends.

Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Mary and Stanley Peterson, grandparents Joseph and Sophia Peterson, Alphonse and Regina Leydier, mother and father -in-law Julian and Ida Cross, brother and sister-in-law Allan (Ally) and Carole Peterson, niece Dove Dubois, son-in-law Ron Morgan and brother-in-law Henry Derouard. 

Lloyd was born and raised on Peterson Road in Kenora. He was an extremely hard worker and started working at a very young age, leaving grade 8 to work full time in the family business, Peterson Lumber. He loved the customers and would go the extra mile to make a customer happy. He could tell you anything about the lumber industry and everything that you needed to know about lumber from beginning to end. He had a great deal of pride in the work he did. He could drive any kind of truck/machine and if he didn’t know he’d figure it out quickly. Following the closure of the business he then worked at Devlin Timber and then Lawrence Derouard Trucking until he retired. He always enjoyed bantering with little Lawrence and had words of advice for him and all his co-workers. He wasn’t shy of hard work and would help anyone anytime. He had a big heart and was generous. He met many people throughout his career and everyone he met was his new buddy. Rarely would you see him without a Peterson Lumber hat on which he wore with great pride.

Dad and mom moved to Airport Road in the early 60’s and raised their three daughters in that home. He would always have numerous projects on the go and tinkering on equipment. The John Deere tractor from the early 70’s that he used to cut his grass with in a particular way is still there. He knew the value of a dollar. He had an appreciation of “good stuff’ and had a hard time parting with anything that he might need in the future, especially if it was free.

Lloyd loved his siblings Rose and Ally and would often get into mischief being the ringleader of their adventures. He would always convince Ally something was a good idea and made life interesting for his siblings and cousins. He always had a fun idea which usually ended as not the best idea. They would often ride bikes to meet cousins at Barsky’s Store. Lloyd’s first car was a Model T and he somehow rigged up a wood burning stove in it to keep warm in the winter. He had a special bond with his brother Ally and they always had each other’s backs.

Many will fondly remember Lloyd for his infectious laugh and great sense of humor. He would laugh the loudest especially at his own jokes. You could hear his laugh anywhere. You would find yourself laughing even when it wasn’t funny just from hearing his laugh. He loved parties and being the centre of attention bantering with his friends and family, however, the validity of his stories were always questionable. He was one great story teller. He would often call his girls, fill them in on all his stories and the instant they would fill him in on their events he would say “let’s leave some for tomorrow”. He often would stop for a “meeting” at the Log Cabin where he could always find a friend to harass and tell stories to. If you met Lloyd once, you were his buddy for life.

One of his favourite places was the family camp on Shoal Lake. Mom and dad always made it a family place and having family and friends come to stay was very important to them. He was always the life of the party and loved music and dancing. This held many fond memories for the entire family.

Dad used to have an airplane and he loved flying. He spent many hours flying with Ted Fisher and spoke fondly of many great adventures that they took and all the beautiful areas he saw while flying.  He knew Lake of the Woods very well and spent a great deal of time on the lake.

A special thank you to nurses Katherine V, Tara, Lori, Barb, Alana, Tracy and Nan for their care and concern at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. Further appreciation to the staff at Birchwood Nursing Home, especially the activity department.

Cremation has taken place. An internment will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 3:30pm at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery for anyone who wishes to celebrate his life with the family. A private memorial will be held for the family at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Lloyd’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society.

“His laughter warmed me in a way a jacket couldn’t”.
                      Rest easy now dad, we love you.

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