JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Leonard Peter Pelham

August 18, 1941March 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Leonard Peter Pelham, age 78, of Herring Cove, on March 16, 2020, in Northwood Ivany Place. Born in Halifax on August 18, 1941, he was the son of the late Leonard and Doris (McDonald) Pelham. Upon graduation from Vocational School in Halifax, he began a career in the Royal Canadian Air Force that took him to Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick. After spending a short time in California, he returned home and began a lengthy career with CBC as a cameraman. It was here that he met many of his lifelong friends, including the love of his life, Helen. A true sportsman, he enjoyed and excelled at many sports, including rowing, sailing, scuba diving, golf, hockey, fly fishing and skiing. Later in life he turned to spectator, cheering on his nephew Luke while he played in the QMJHL, and then the SMU Huskies as they chased CIS gold. He also spent countless hours working to help better his community over the years as a member of the Herring Cove Ratepayers Association.

Known to many as Peter, he also answered to dad, uncle Peter, and more recently, papa. He truly enjoyed spending time with children, whether it was coaching minor hockey, teaching local children to fly fish, shuttling his son, Stephen, to hockey games, ski races and golf tournaments, taking nieces and nephews skiing and other places, or most recently, spending time with his grandsons. He cherished this time, vacationing with them, having them spend time at gramma and papa’s, and watching them play sports, even venturing out to watch Jack’s last playoff game this year.

Peter is survived by his son, Stephen (Janine), grandchildren Jack, and Simon; brothers Michael (Lynn), Rick (Eileen), Cliff (Gina), Stephen (Sheleagh), sisters Cathy Faulkner, and Susan McKenzie; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and his wife, Helen. His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Ivany Place for their extensive personal care over the last few months.

Arrangements are being handled by J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Visitation, funeral, and burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to KidSport Nova Scotia.


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Leonard Peter Pelham

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Helen Shaw

March 29, 2020

Dear Pelham Family,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Peter. He was always so good with kids; good to me when I was young and later good to my kids and they have fond memories of their interactions with him when seeing him after mass at St. Paul's on Sundays. He always made us laugh. He was such a friendly guy and it was always fun to chat with him whenever we would cross paths and see him with his wife Helen, whom we adored.
Our condolences to the entire Pelham family.

Helen (Burns) and Hunter Shaw & Family

Norma Lee MacLeod

March 26, 2020

Our sympathy to the family. Iain and I both worked with Peter over the years at CBC. Thinking of you all at this time of loss.

Norma Lee MacLeod & Iain MacDonald

Syd Moore

March 24, 2020

So sorry to hear of the recent passing of Peter(Puck). He was always so friendly and always so willing to give advice on how to be a better player. He was a great supporter of the hockey Huskies and he will certainly be missed at the rinks. Condolences to the entire Pelham family at this difficult time.
Syd Moore

John Murphy

March 23, 2020

Just wanted to extend my condolences to the family and I always enjoyed the lively chats, particularly the ones after mass at St. Patrick's Church, running from sports, to the CBC, to politics, to wells and water in Herring Cove! He a passion for so many things and always asked how my kids were doing. God bless Peter!

Agnes and John Greer

March 23, 2020

We were deeply saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. We will always cherish the many fond memories of sharing family time with Peter, and Helen over the many years both as neighbours and through our family connections. Deepest condolences to Stephen and Janine and the boys and to the entire Pelham family.

Terry & Helen Crocker

March 21, 2020

Terry and Peter were skiing and working buddies.

Many happy memories. We’ll look for some photos.

Regards to Stephen and family. And please let us know when the service will be held.

Thank you

Terry and Helen Crocker

Jim Young

March 21, 2020

As a long time ago hockey parent watching our kids, mine Matt Young and Peter’s Stephen...... we shared many of “Peter Pucks “ Wonderful thoughts and vocal skills 😄. Meeting Peter and Helen we’re always highlights of life. Great, great people. So sorry for your families loss at this time Jim Young and Family👍🏿

Don Moriarty

March 21, 2020

Very saddened to hear of Pete's passing. He was a true character
and big personality. Great story teller. He and Helen aways welcoming, great people. We will always have fond memories.
Deepest regrets, Don and Linda

Joseph Fougere

March 21, 2020

Condolences, sad day for all of you.
Sheila and I were fortunate to meet Peter druing Sheila's political career. Huge lost to Herring Cove and Halifax

Sandi Findlay

March 20, 2020

The Findlay family are so sorry to hear about Peter. What an incredible human being - always so happy and positive with a zest for life second to none. He made going to the rink to watch games all that much more enjoyable. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

Ricky, Sandi, Barbie, and George Findlay