Peter Patrick L’Hirondelle was born on May 14, 1943 to Roy and Violet in High Prairie and was the third oldest of 10 children.
Peter met his wife Annabelle in East Prairie at his Uncle Eddie’s home in 1962. Three years later they were married in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Donald and sister-in-law Thelma. The double wedding took place on Aug. 1, 1965, in East Prairie.
On Dec. 14, 1963, Peter and Annabelle became parents to a baby girl named Natalie. Natalie was an only child until 1974 when they were blessed with two more daughters, Karen and Lois.
Peter was a logger off and on for the East Prairie Metis Settlement. In 1974, he started working for Buchanan Lumber where he quickly worked his way into the foreman position. Peter worked at the sawmill right up until his retirement in 2015.
Peter was an avid outdoors man. He didn’t have any sons of his own so he always picked up his nephew Derrick. Peter and Annabelle pretty much took Derrick for their own. They included him in all that they did.
Peter loved sports and enjoyed coaching the East Prairie Eagles fastball team. They won the High Prairie fastball championship twice, which he was very proud of.
Peter loved to hunt and was an excellent shot. He rarely missed what he was aiming for. One time when Peter and his brother Bobby were out hunting, he shot at a moose. Peter knew he hit it and they were trying to find it. Peter says to Bob, “Listen, do you hear that?” Bob says, “No, what?” Peter says, “I think I hear a quad coming down the cut line.” Well, that was no quad, the buzzing that Peter heard was coming from a bee’s nest he was standing on. For your information, Peter did get his moose.
Peter was well-known for saying and doing the most random, crazy things. The crew at the mill had bought him a birthday cake. Well, Peter not realizing that he was to cut the cake and share it with the others, took the whole cake home. Annabelle said they ate cake for days. Sometimes his crazy antics were on purpose, sometimes not so much.
Peter enjoyed singing and playing his guitar. He had a beautiful voice which he didn’t use near enough.
Peter’s greatest passion by far was family. He loved being a husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was rarely seen without a child by his side. He was an amazing brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend. He has left a void which will never be filled. It is hard to sum up Peter’s life in a few words when he meant so much to so many.
Peter was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Violet, his brothers Roy, Donald, Dennis, Alphonse, and his sister, Darlene.
He leaves behind to mourn his wife Annabelle, daughters Natalie [Gordon], Lois [Jonathan], and Karen. As well as his brothers Ken [Yvonne], Lloyd [Dorothy], Robert [Muriel], his sister Violet [Scott], plus his grandkids, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.