OBITUARY

Russell Vernon Peake

June 15, 1939April 27, 2020

So 'member all the good times, And know that where I'm at, The horses all are gentle, And the cattle always fat. - J.B. Allen

It is with immense sadness and a lifetime of memories that we share the news of Russ's passing on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta. As perfectly expressed by one of Russ's closest friends, "Humanity lost a hell of a guy today."

Born to Vern and Nona Peake in Marwayne, Alberta, Russ was raised on a farm in the surrounding area which was undoubtedly the source of his strong work ethic and ongoing pursuit of perfection. After attending grade school in Kitscoty, Alberta, Russ enjoyed a successful 48-year radio and television broadcasting career. From the mid-1960s until the early '70s, Russ was CHQR's sports director in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1971 Russ joined the sports department at CTV Calgary where he worked as a sports anchor/reporter for 35 years until his retirement.

Russ was also the PA announcer for both the WHA's Calgary Cowboys and the NHL's Calgary Flames at the Stampede Corral, and he continued as the arena voice of the Flames in the Saddledome until 1996. Although Russ loved all sports, he was especially passionate about rodeo and curling, with one of the major highlights of his career having been the PA announcer for curling at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Russ was inducted into both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Alberta Curling Association Hall of Fame.

An avid curler, Russ played the game from high school up until just a few months ago, and he was able to cross several international travel destinations off his bucket list in recent years. To say Russ was a devoted grandpa is an understatement; he was a regular and familiar presence at the hockey arena, baseball diamond, soccer pitch and basketball court, rarely missing an opportunity to watch his grandchildren.

Predeceased by his wife Helen and his sister Pat Berube, Russ will forever be remembered for his sharp wit and sense of humor by his many friends and colleagues, and deeply missed by his daughters Jodi (Darren Angerman) and Debbie (Todd Garman), grandchildren Ephrem, Madison and Carter of Calgary, nephew Daryl Berube (Pat Duncan), children Kirsten and Craig of Whitehorse, and nieces Kim Berube of Calgary and Lori Lohnes (John Lohnes) of Millarville.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2.

"I only really like two kinds of music. Country . . . . . . . and Western." - Russ Peake

Memories

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Fred Kerr

May 14, 2020

After we moved to Calgary from Saskatchewan in 1970, I enjoyed Russ Peake's sports commentary on CFCN, long before I met him or his family. He had that distinctive voice and was understated in his delivery rather than melodramatic, as some sports commentators can be.

Russ seemed unpretentious and clearly a great sense of humour, so I was not surprised to learn that he grew up in small town Western Canada, as my parents did. Please accept my condolences.

Jack MacDonald

May 12, 2020

A talented broadcaster, a devoted family man and a truly gracious person I am proud to have had Russ as a role model and friend. I feel fortunate our life paths crossed - a very special person to many of us! I will cherish the memories.

Patricia Floc'h-Anderson

May 9, 2020

Hi Jodi and Debbie,

We never really knew each other as adults, but I did have the opportunity to see your parents/dad on numerous occasions at my parents or different events over the years. My dad, Roy Anderson, was a first cousin to your dad. I have found memories of your dad, including the striking resemblance between him and my dad. Please accept our condolences for your loss .

Phil Bruch

May 6, 2020

Russ was certainly one of a kind, a true professional with a genuinely funny take on life, and a pleasure to work with. He was always put together, not an eyebrow hair out of place. Even when he came out and jogged a few laps for CFCN at the 24-Hour relay, Russ was calm, cool, and collected. When there was an issue at work, Peaker would slowly light an imaginary smoke using his pen, and come up with a fix. Best of all, he would pretend to deliver the perfect curling rock down the editing hallway, complete with commentary. With 'Poopsie' holding the broom in the house, and the girls on the front end, he'd draw to the button... every time.
Rest in Peace Russ.

Thompson MacDonald

May 5, 2020

A remarkable person, with talent to spare. Even among an A list of professionals Russ stood out, admired and maybe a little bit envied.
For his gifts, and his boundless humility.

Helen Beckie (Myer)

May 4, 2020

It wasn't mentioned in the obit, but I was wondering if he attended Theresetta Covent in Castor, Alberta when he was five or six years old. He was a very cute little kid and loved by all. I was a student there also. I just wanted you to know this. Please accept my sympathy in your loss.

Don & Isabel Neilson

May 4, 2020

Our memories of Russ go back to his single days in the 60’s when he was courting Helen. Over the years we enjoyed many social and family gatherings with the Peakes. Russ became a very well-known personality, yet he never developed an ego or changed in any way. Last summer we were fortunate to be able to help him celebrate his 80th birthday with his family and many friends. He was always a gentleman and truly a classy guy. We are so sad that he has passed away, will miss him a lot and remember him always. Our condolences to Jodi, Deb and their families.

Denis Fonteyne

May 3, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to Jodi and Debbie and their families on the loss of their Dad, Grandpa and a great person. We had the pleasure of meeting Russ a number of years ago and over the past couple of years, we enjoyed visiting with him as we watched our grandsons playing hockey and Little League baseball.
He was a favorite as a sports broadcaster and announcer.
If one wanted to define "Class Act", just type in Russ Peake.
Sincere condolences,
Denis and Donna Fonteyne.

wilf sennett

May 3, 2020

Jodi ,Debbie & Family
So sorry to hear about the passing of Russ.
Knowing Russ from the early days at QR and through out his career, he truly was a wonderful person to know, not only as a co-worker but a great friend over the years.
We feel your loss . He was a gem of a human being and will be missed by all that knew him. ( by the way Russ, I did enjoy country music)
Wilf & Sharel Sennett

Jim Dang

May 3, 2020

To Russ's Family -
Please accept my sincere condolences. We have all lost a dear friend.
My first real interaction with Russ was when we served together on the SACA board of directors. What great curling (and other sports) stories we would reminisce over, and had so much fun doing so. Russ was inducted into the SACA Hall of Fame and in recent years he would join the HOF committee for the annual meetings and luncheons. He brought very valuable insight, many personal recollections and of course his humour to those gatherings. In addition to all of his volunteerism, his dedication to and support of the sport of curling was invaluable and appreciated by all who participated.
On a personal note, we attended a couple Okotoks Dawgs matinee games together. It was quite impressive and heart warming the way many people recognized and greeted Russ at those games - a nice reminder of the community's high regard of him! I really enjoyed those outings; the camaraderie and conversations with Russ were fantastic, and memorable. I will miss my friend.
Sincerely, Jim Dang

FROM THE FAMILY