Petersen, Eric

February 10, 1939 – August 26, 2012
at the age of 73 years

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Eric Petersen August 26th, 2012 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital after a brief struggle with cancer.

Eric was predeceased by his son, Jason in 2000, both parents, Carl and Frieda Petersen, and his sister Elsie. He leaves to miss him his wife of 47 years, Peggy of Salmon Arm, son Chris, daughter-in-law Jennifer and grandson Marcus, of Campbell River, B.C. Also an extended in-law family with many neices and nephews, in particular Jim and Sherry Stevenson of Lloydminster, Alberta.

Eric worked in construction, starting in Castlegar in l967 on the Arrow Dam, then Hudson’s Hope on the Bennett Dam. He moved his family to Mica Creek in 1973 and lived in the Columbia/Shuswap District until his passing. He was in Revelstoke 17 years, and retired to Sicamous for 14 years, and finally moved to Salmon Arm in 2008. He so enjoyed meeting or bumping into his old construction buddie, and maintained friendships with many of them throughout his life. He will be sadly missed.

We welcome friends and family to his home to celebrate his life on Friday August 31st AT 2:00 p.m.  Internment will be at a later date at Mount Ida Cemetary beside his son Jason.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation in Eric’s memory.


  1. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. We got to know him so well since our annual get togethers in Arizona and knew what a sincere and genuine person he was. Our times with you were so special to us. We are in NYC and will be home in a couple of weeks and will talk then. We send you our love and strength for the trying days ahead. Much love, David & Elaine

  2. My heart is broken for you Peggy. I was devasted when my dad forwarded me your e-mail. Eric was such a soft spoken, kind hearted man. I loved, loved his laugh. I will always remember watching him out my bedroom window in Mica Creek working on his truck. The hike up the mountain in Mica Creek with Eric, Jason, Chris, Greg and my dad was one of my fondest memories. I remember the trip to Nakusp in the snow storm and Eric was hanging out the window brushing the snow off of the windshield of my parents van. The scary drive up the super small mining road and Eric’s dual wheel truck hanging off the road. The camping trips, the skiing trips, and the canoeing. It was always an adventure that’s for sure. I wish I could have been there on Friday. Please tell Chris I am so very sorry. Sending you lots of love and big hugs. Hope to see you soon.

    Laura, Mike, Adam and Ashley

  3. Dear Peggy,
    We are so sorry to hear that Eric passed away and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have nothing but good memories of Eric from the good old Dam Days in Hudson Hope and Revelstoke, wi will miss him.
    All the best,
    Marlies and Hans

  4. Although we can’t be with you now, Peggy, please know we are thinking about you and your family at this sad time. How much fun we had golfing this past winter with you and Eric and the stories and laughter and get togethers. We will surely miss him, however now he’s pain free. Hugs!

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