EPP, Peter

June 2, 1930 – December 5, 2020

With sadness we announce that Peter passed away in Calgary, AB at the age of 90 years.  Peter spent almost all of his life in Calgary. He was educated at Central High School and The University of Alberta in Edmonton. He graduated in 1953, having earned a degree in Civil Engineering. While at the university he lived with the other members of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity in Rutherford House. There, he formed many friendships, some of which endure to the present. After university he spent a number of years working on bridge design and building for Burns and Dutton, before going on to form his own construction company, Makoi Developments. He designed and built apartments, office building and shopping centres. He built a resort in the Rockies and more than a thousand houses in Calgary. He was also involved in land development, the largest being where Coach Hill and Strathcona now stand. He was a lifelong member of The Glencoe Club and spent many winters at his house in Arizona. Peter was a natural athlete – a swimming champion at university, a skier of the moguls on Mt. Norquay, an avid squash player and golfer. He was instrumental in bringing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Jesters Squash Club to Calgary.  Peter and Eva formed many friendships through squash, always happy to billet touring squash players and members of the Jesters Club. He is survived by his beloved Eva; daughters Susan (James) Allan and Brenda (Mark) Briggs; grandchildren Geoffrey and Jennifer Briggs; brothers Abe and Henry; sisters Annie Rupert and Helen (Bob) Seeley; special friends from university, Glenn Irving and Owen Wright; a special friend from squash, Colin Adair; and his golf group, Tom Wood, Jim Rooney and Larry Delf.

At Peter’s request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army Christmas Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

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  1. On December 11, 2020 at 3:10 pm Ron Ghitter Said:

    Peter Epp was a strong, loyal and very talented man

    For many years I had the privilege in assisting him in legal matters.

    he was always honourable, straight forward and a man of integrity

    I have very fond memories about him and are saddened by his loss even though it was knowingly on the horizon.

    My condolences to Eva and the family

    Ron Ghitter

  2. On December 11, 2020 at 7:24 pm Bruce Buck Said:

    We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Eva and the Epp family on Peter’s passing.
    Peter (MBW) was instrumental in awarding Sunbow Consulting with its first comprehensive project as a consulting engineering company in the Coach Hill area for which we were always most appreciative. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Bruce Buck
    Ray Ling
    Ed Lyster

  3. On December 12, 2020 at 11:29 am Bill Fisher Said:

    Peter was an amazing friend to many and in particular to the squash community, promoting squash through the International Jesters, plus some unforgettable squash parties at Bearspaw. In 1967 Peter was a member of the gang of 7 who travelled to Toronto to participate in The Canadian Centennial Squash Tournament. This set a pattern of behaviour we shall cherish and never forget.

    My sincere condolences to Eva and Peter’s family.

    Bill Fisher

  4. On December 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm Qwen Wright Said:

    Peter was a true friend of mine for a very long time and will be missed by me and a great many others. As well as having a very successful career in the field of construction and land development, he was a very accomplished athlete. Top this with a marvelous sense of humor and I think that says it all. I truly will miss him and to Eva and all the family, my sincere condolences.

  5. On December 13, 2020 at 10:02 am Ted Kelly Said:

    Peter was an exceptional individual. He was a man of his word, and expected the same of others. Integrity and exactness was evident in his life and in business. I value the experiences I shared with him. Sympathies to Eva and Brenda and family.

    Ted Kelly

  6. On December 16, 2020 at 11:31 am Peter Nettleton Said:

    Dear Eva and Family,
    What a great obituary about Peter’s very successful and full life. As a former classmate of U of A Civil Engineering, we became good friends. After graduation, we had diverse careers but I always looked forward to reestablishing our friendship at class reunions. His love of fun and sense of fair play was always present.
    Peter Nettleton

  7. On December 16, 2020 at 9:16 pm John L. Holloway Said:

    Eva and Peter’s family

    Belated but sincere condolences on the passing of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.
    Peter was a fine man of integrity, and I had the privilege of his friendship, wisdom, and wit, plus also enjoying his competitive nature and athletic ability through years of squash and golf at the Glencoe Club.
    As a fellow Delta Upsilon member I can attest to Peter being a proud and active member, and a long time participant in many annual Silver Fox golf and dinner activities over the years.

    Peter will be sorely missed as he has been over the past few years.

    Larry and Shirley Holloway

  8. On December 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm Randy Trafford Said:

    Eva and Peter’s Family.
    My condolences on the passing of Peter. My prayers and thoughts are with you for your loss. Peter was a man of fair play I had the privilege of his friendship and tenacious competive nature on and off the squash court. Peter will be missed by the squash community at the Glencoe and Calgary.

    Randy Trafford