On January 28, 2021, at 71 years of age, Peter “Pedro” Holden slipped into eternity peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Pete was well known by his community; both in the Okanagan and on Isla Mujeres, as a hard-working, do-it-yourself, never-complain kind of guy. He could fix almost anything, and could always be found working on a new project or modifying for a better design. His easy laugh and mischievous personality were only exceeded by a desire to serve everyone around him with gusto.
Pete was born in Powell River, B.C. on Jan 31, 1949. He had an adventurous childhood with friends that are still lifelong buddies. His teenage years were spent hunting and shooting (passions he continued throughout his life). His many adventures of riding horses, hunting or flying were great stories even retold, and often a new story would be recalled. Pete started his career in forestry as a young man and became known as the “Singing Faller”. Always happy, he continued to fall timber on the west coast and in the interior for a career that spanned over 45 years. Pete was also well known in the hang gliding community as the guy who continually flew a bit higher than everyone else, and the one who landed on the roof of a car “that one time”. He was proud to represent Canada on the national stage in 1979.
After meeting the love of his life in the Queen Charlotte Islands and traveling around Canada chasing and winning hang gliding competitions, Pete and Cori settled in Armstrong, BC, where they married in 1982. It was here that they built a little log cabin that expanded room by room as they raised their children and many foster children.
Over the years Pete continued to enjoy flying and building. He built ultralights and homebuilt airplanes and was a private pilot for his own enjoyment. Flying into small mountain lakes to hunt and fish with his floatplane was one of his great joys.
After his first retirement in 2009, Cori and Pete caught the travel bug and purchased and remodelled their beautiful vacation home on “Isla”. Pete’s design and vision can be seen in every strategic air flow window placement and arched doorway. He was content to read a book under a palapa with his feet in the sand... and was never late for a sunset on his terrace.
Pete leaves behind his wife Corinne and his children: Leslie, Steven, Kristen, James, Kelsie and Shea, and his adoring grandchildren: Andrew, Robert, Rose, Hazel, Maxwell, Hamish, Nova, Peyton and Francesca. Pete was also ‘Papa’ to Yasmine and Angelina.
A great man of God, Pete faced his terminal diagnosis of mesothelioma with an unwavering faith and a deep peace because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. He defied many odds, fought hard for beautiful moments with his family, and took much comfort in the hymn “It is Well with my Soul”. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
At Pete’s request we will have a celebration of his life in the summer. If it is safe to gather, please join us on August 14th, with details to follow.
Still thinking of u & your fam. cori, with Pete moved into Glory. May u all be comforted and strengthened as life carries on. He was a great guy! Much love ❤️
Pete was such an inspiration and full of fun. He has touched our family in ways we will never be able to fully discern or express. In fact, your whole family have had an impact and now I understand why. The care, thoughtfulness, life and fun that we have seen throughout your whole family has obviously been something passed down through you and Pete. The examples you have provided live on through the lives you have touched. Pete is one of those guys who I will never forget and the testimony of his faith and life will continue to live on through those he has left behind. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
Dear Cori and Family, What a beautiful tribute to your beloved husband, father and grandfather. It has been an honour to know Pedro and we treasure the times shared on Isla Mujeres, sipping his potent margaritas and savouring the sunset. His presence will be felt there always. Our hearts are with all of you as the loss is great but he truly is looking over you and holding you close always. Love from Doris and Vince ❤️
Dearest Cori, Steven, Kristen & Kelsey & the other precious ones that called Pete papa & Grandpa - I felt so blessed to be able to see the both of you last summer, Cori & to see Pete in his almost usual energetic state off to do the next thing, not wanting any fuss made over him. It was bittersweet to pray & hug one last time. I am remembering all the amazing times we had together in church, at conferences & up in your beautiful log cabin that kept getting bigger as the years went by :) And bringing the youth up for sledding times with Pete driving the snowmobile to get us back up the hill.... so many cherished memories..... Hard now not to have him close by, but so thankful we will all be together once again when we're with the Lord, face to face. Sending love, hugs, prayers for peace & comfort & looking forward to seeing you in August........ Lynn
We have had the honouring of calling this man and his amazing family our dear dear friends. Sometimes us ladies could not get a word in while the men discussed all the great things they had in common loving the outdoors as they both did. Pete had a heart of gold, always smiling, working hard and enjoying making his family and home happy. He absolutely adored his beautiful wife. Our family has lost a very loved and respected man but always will be in our hearts. We send so much love to Cori, all his children, grandchildren, and Yasmin and Angelina. He is and will be missed always
Cori and Family What an incredible and heartfelt Tribute to your Pete. It is always a pleasure normally to read your Posts but this brought tears to me. To find Love like yours was truly a Gift. May Pedro fly with the Angels, higher than all the others over Isla and anywhere you are. Hugs until we meet in Isla, again❤️
Dear Cori and Family I will always thank God for a friend like Pete we shared many hunting seasons together and the great hunting stories we shared at night, some of them true .I can say that he was a very good cook as well and we ate like kings up in the bush .Pete was a great example to me as a strong Christian I am so sorry for your loss . All of our love and prayers to you guys . the Strohm Family
Dear Cori. What a beautiful, eloquent tribute to your one-of-a-kind husband. I (and Dixon) have thoroughly enjoyed our 25 year friendship and will truly miss Pete. I remember him saying way back when we first met that you and I were going to be great friends! Lucky me! I hope it is a comfort to you knowing the countless lives he has impacted for good, including mine. You and Pete have inspired me with your obviously deep relationship and how you, as a team, gave so much to so many. Loving you, Katherine xox