1992 Brier Champion Vic Peters has passed away at the age of 60. The three time Manitoba Men’s Champ had been battling lymphoma cancer since 2011 after being originally diagnosed when he was 23 years old according to Peters’ longtime rink mate Chris Neufeld.
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Neufeld told 680 CJOB that his good friend never asked for pity or sympathy despite having back issues for the last 30 years of his life, in addition to losing partial vision in one eye due to the splinters from a shattered hockey stick. “He persevered, he had challenges like all of us do,” recalled Neufeld. “But he stuck with it and kept the game very simple.”
The Peters rink finished third at the 1992 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany after losing 4-3 to Hammy McMillan of Scotland in the semifinal. The Granite Curling Club rink would also represent Manitoba in the 1993 Brier at Ottawa where they finished fourth. And again in 1997 at the Calgary Saddledome when Peters lost 10-8 to Kevin Martin in the final.
Peters, whose rink was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2005, was also a professional ice maker as well as golf course superintendent. He is survived by wife Debbie, daughters Kasandra and Elizabeth, and son Daley.