Dueck, Peter Gerhard (1925-2012)

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Peter Gerhard Dueck (1925-2012)

Peter Gerhard Dueck: businessman, developer, and churchman; born 15 June 1925 in Pleshanovo, Neu Samara, Russia to Gerhard P. Dueck (30 October 1885, Sparrau, Molotschna, South Russia – 7 February 1952, Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada) and Margaretha (Dyck) Dueck (19 August 1883, Tashchenak, Taurida, South Russia – 31 March 1968, Winnipeg, Manitoba). Peter was the eldest of two children of the couple; Peter's father had eight children with his first wife, Maria, the sister to his second wife Margaretha, and Margaretha had five children from her first marriage to Johann P. Giesbrecht. In 1949, Peter married Lena Pauls, daughter of Heinrich D. (1896-1974) and Anna (Froese) Pauls (1899-1966). They had six children: Kenneth, Karen, Beverly, Elaine, Warren, and Robert. Peter died 10 February 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Peter Dueck immigrated to Canada from Russia in 1926. He grew up in Boissevain, Manitoba, and moved to the Fraser Valley with his family in 1946.

Peter’s father, Gerhard Dueck, started Dueck Building Supplies in Clearbrook, BC with sons Peter and Gerry in 1947. A second retail outlet in Chilliwack was added shortly thereafter. Peter took over Dueck Building Supplies in 1956 and expanded the business to include locations in Hope, Langley and Burnaby. At its peak, Dueck Buildings Supplies employed approximately 120 people. In 1977, Peter sold Dueck Building Supplies to Lumberland, which later became part of Rona, Inc.

Peter also developed several other major businesses: Dueck Homes, which produced prefabricated homes sold throughout BC; and Dueck Industries, which manufactured windows, sold throughout Canada. These businesses were sold in 1964. In 1967 he purchased Power Machinery, which manufactured the Canadian Chainsaw and exported them around the globe. That business was expanded and sold to SKIL Power Tools Corporation in 1969.

Peter was also involved in many major real estate development projects in the Fraser Valley and Southwest United States. He assembled and sold the land in Abbotsford on which the 500,000 square foot-Seven Oaks Mall was built in 1972. In 1980, he developed West Oaks Mall, adjacent to Seven Oaks Mall.

He purchased office buildings in Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona in order to remodel and lease. He developed high-end residential real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. In Colorado, he developed the Aurora Centertech Business Park, which was home to high technology buildings for classified data centers, as well as high-density residential, retail, and office and industrial buildings. His clients included Hughes Aircraft, TRW Automotive, Lockheed and Raytheon.

Peter dedicated his life to sharing his Christian faith with family, friends and colleagues. He took on the leadership of Campus Crusade for Christ in Canada (now Power to Change Ministries), beginning in 1972, and served 20 years on the board of Briercrest College and Seminary in Saskatchewan. He served on the boards of Trinity Western University and Columbia Bible College. He was a long-time supporter of various other Christian ministries across Canada and abroad.

While living in Abbotsford, Peter and Lena Dueck were members of Central Heights Mennonite Brethren Church, while in Vancouver, they attended First Baptist Church and Willingdon Mennonite Brethren Church.

Peter Dueck retired to Vancouver with Lena in 1998. Peter was a man who influenced many through his business and his faith. He had the courage to do what others believed could not be done, and had the ability to see past the immediate with a vision of the future. He was a generous man with his time and wealth and expected nothing in return.

Author(s) Dave Loewen
Date Published June 2020

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