William KINVIG

KINVIG, William Ewart (Pete). August 4, 1927 – May 17, 2014. Pete Kinvig passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family, after a brief stay in hospital. Pete was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and as a young lad he cultivated his love of music and formed his own dance band in the 1940’s. In 1949 he attended Vancouver Normal School to become a teacher. He was teacher and principal at E. Kensington(1950-52) and Johnston Rd. (1953-55) elementary schools in Surrey. In 1955 Pete became the first Music Supervisor for the Surrey School District. He created and developed the music, choral and band programs, hiring some of the finest musicians and eachers to help him share his love of music and to realize his vision of music for all children. Pete attended summer school at UBC and UVIC and attained his BA(education) and his MA(secondary education). He retired in 1980, due to health reasons and, in 1981, W. E. Kinvig Elementary was named in his honour. Pete was an Honorary Lifetime member of BC Music Educators Assoc and Surrey Arts Society. Family and friends enjoyed 37 years of Dhristmas sing-alongs in his home, and countless hours of him ‘tickling the ivories’ on his grand piano. He was always up for a game of crib and a beer, and always had a dog by his side. Pete was devastated by the sudden loss f his wife, Carol, in 1982. He will be sadly missed by his children; Susan Kendall (Rob), Debbie Chow (Duncan), Tom Kinvig (Marg), Pam Kinvig (Jim Fee), Brother-in-law; Keith McMillan (Maryanne), Grandchildren; Jeff (Laura), Courtney (Marc), Lyndsey, Laura, Emily, Matt (Amy), Christine, Chloe, Taylor, Great-grandchildren Elijah, Jeremy, Ayla, Jake and Jack and nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to Dr B Prentice and Dr A Lockhart.

A celebration of Pete’s life will be held on Sunday June 22, 2-4 pm.

Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


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