KOEHNKE, Peter Albert

1940 – 2022

With deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Peter at the age of 82.

Peter was born in Austria to Hans and Margarete Koehnke and was one of three children.  In his early years he was exposed to the hardships of war – hunger, lack of proper housing, clothing and jobs for his formerly well positioned father. During this time the family had to flee and relocate numerous times.

After the war the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee. To help fund his education he worked various jobs, amongst them at the RCA Recording Studio where Elvis was one of the many artists he worked with.

In February 1959 his dad started BMW in Toronto and the family followed to Canada later that year.

Peter completed his education in Electronics Engineering in Toronto and went on to have a successful career, a profession that he mastered and enjoyed almost to the end.

There was hardly anything this man could not repair or a problem unable to solve. He will be remembered for his love of trains, travel and trips to Haus Waldesruh.

Peter is best described as a very lovable, sympathetic, hardworking, determined, compassionate and unselfish soul. He was a man of few words, but still easily heard, and people enjoyed his dry humour.

Peter is survived by his wife Edith, the love of his life for 49 years, his children, son Jamie (Jan) and daughter Tanya, his sister Ursula (Whayne) and relatives in USA and Germany.

Peter was predeceased by his parents and his sister Eva Lipes-Wright.

In keeping with Peter’s wishes, a private family gathering will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosedale Hospice in Calgary, www.hospicecalgary.ca/rosedale/ or Cochrane Home Care (donations go through Calgary Health Foundation) www.calgaryhealthfoundation.ca/

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

  1. On 09/10/2022 at 11:37 am Anita & Patrick Said:

    Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Edith, may you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences.

  2. On 09/10/2022 at 1:01 pm Mark, Nicky & Family Said:

    Our deepest condolences Edith. Sending lots of love & hugs.

  3. On 09/10/2022 at 5:28 pm Kathleen Said:

    Love you so much Edith
    We will always remember summers with you.
    Love you
    Ken and Kathleen

  4. On 09/10/2022 at 8:39 pm Stacey Said:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Peter!
    Stacey and Travis Georgsen and family (Ken and Kathleen’s friends)

  5. On 10/10/2022 at 3:11 am Renate / Stubaital Said:

    R.I.P.Peteryou will always be in my heart! I’m so sorry for your loss,Edith,my sincerest condolences! I wish you much strength in this difficult time,send you all my love,warmest greetings from Austria, Renate

  6. On 10/10/2022 at 7:25 am Katja, Dominik & Jürgen Said:

    Dear Edith,
    It’s hard to find the right words but we want to let you know that you are in our hearts and it hurts not to being able to hug you personally! Lot of strength for you.

  7. On 10/10/2022 at 9:10 am Ron & Geraldine Said:

    Edith , Jamie & family, thinking of you all, sharing in you loss. Peter was the strong silent type and a pleasure to spend time with . We feel blessed that we got to call Peter our friend . Take care

  8. On 11/10/2022 at 5:37 am Tina, Dennis und Bastian Said:

    Dear Edith,
    We are very sorry for your loss!
    May his light always be by your side. We are thinking of you and wish you lots of strength!

  9. On 12/10/2022 at 9:18 am ALFIE&LISA Said:


  10. On 12/10/2022 at 11:40 am George and Christl Geber Said:

    Dear Edith, for your loss of Peter our sincerest condolences.


  11. On 13/10/2022 at 11:38 am Betty & Denis Goodsell Said:

    Edith we were so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We send our most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  12. On 13/10/2022 at 12:01 pm Herve & Dian Said:

    Words can not express how sad we are that Peter has passed. He was a special man and a good friend. He will be dearly missed by so many. We wish there was more we could do Edith to ease the pain of your loss. May all the wonderful memories you have of your life together give you a little comfort now & in the days ahead. Love & Hugs!

  13. On 13/10/2022 at 12:06 pm Herve & Dian Said:

    Words can not express how sad we are that Peter has passed. He was a special man and a good friend. He will be dearly missed. May all the wonderful memories you have of your life together give you a little comfort now & in the days ahead. Love & Hugs!

  14. On 19/10/2022 at 2:39 pm Robert & Alice Mow Said:

    Dear Edith,

    Peter was a very special friend, and we will miss him very much. We had some good times together from the house, the cabin and you visiting us while we were camping. He was not a man of many words but when he spoke, we all listened.

    Wonderful memories to share and hold close to our hearts.

    Peace is not the absence of trouble.
    Peace is the presence of God.

    Our Sincere Condolences,

    Bob & Alice

  15. On 25/10/2022 at 7:54 pm Julie McPhail Said:

    Dear Edith, Reid and I were saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. We always appreciated his wisdom when we had home repairs or issues while you lived close by in Glenbow. He was always so willing to answer a question. We sincerely send our sympathy to you and all who loved him. Rest in peace dear Peter. Sincerely, Reid and Julie McPhail

  16. On 29/10/2022 at 4:23 pm Norma Jones Said:

    Very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing . When we’d meet he always had a cheerful greeting and a chuckle. My thought’s and prayers are with you Edith .

    Norma and Deryck Jones

  17. On 23/11/2022 at 3:49 pm Eric and Diane Said:

    Dear Edith, We have a big void in our life right now. Peter was a great friend and we will miss him very much. We are so happy to have known him. He was quiet but listened intentently. We will never forget him. Hang on to all your precious memories, and they will give you comfort.

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