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Peter Raymond Woronowski

Posted: 07/23/2018 2:46 PM

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September 13, 1959-July 17, 2018

With broken hearts, the family of Peter Woronowski, announce his passing after a heroic battle with cancer, at the age of 58, resident of Saskatoon, SK. Peter was born in Steinbach, MB and raised in Winnipeg. Peter is survived by his wife Marlene, children Michael and Kristie, parents Walter & Virginia, sister Della, uncles and aunts Romeo and Ellen, Jerry and Jean, Clement and Diane, cousins Jim, Bob, Tannis, Sean, Jeffrey, Michael, Tammy, Jason, and their respective families.

Peter’s father gave him the gift of music, and at the age of 5 Peter started accordion lessons at Kent’s Music School. As a youngster Peter sang in the historic Boys Choir at the All Saints Anglican Church, on Broadway. In 1970 he recorded his first album with the choir titled, "Through the Church Year." Peter flourished in music mastering every instrument he touched, including the trumpet, while attending John Taylor Collegiate, in Winnipeg.

Peter and his Dad played numerous weddings and socials throughout South Eastern Manitoba. Peter was so talented, he snuck into clubs as early as age 11 to play. After High School, Peter landed a job at Hildebrand Music in Steinbach where he sold pianos and organs. Peter would move the B52 organ outdoors onto the store sidewalk and play as loud as he could with crowds gathering from all directions. He was learning fast on how to become a good salesman. His fondest memories were playing with local musicians; Andy Mintern, Cindi Cain, Doug Mymryk, Ed Peters, John Sauder and Randy Hiebert.

His music career took him back to Winnipeg where he sold keyboards for Mymryk. Soon thereafter, Glenn MacRae sought out Peter and offered him a job at Long & McQuade (L&M) Music, on Corydon. Comingled with Peter’s musical talents and extraordinary sales techniques, Long & McQuade offered Peter a Management position in Saskatoon. Throughout his 36 year career, Peter drove sales figures through the roof. Peter founded successful programs such as the Saskatoon Pedal Steel Guitar Club and the annual L&M Cars & Guitars Shown n’ Shine. Peter was very proud to show off his muscle car collection of Firebirds and he especially enjoyed his 2012 Challenger. In additional to his musical talents, Peter became an expert in photography shooting everything from weddings to rodeos.

Peter will always be remembered by his gentle soul, extreme positive outlook and never giving up hope. His favorite saying was, "It is what it is."

We thank Dr. Waleed Sabry, MD, MSc, PhD, Saskatoon Cancer Care, for his gentle caring nature and our family, friends, neighbours and co-workers who guided us through this difficult journey. A private family service will be held at a later date.

You can rest now my brother, but play your guitar for the angels. We will be listening.

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