It is with sad refrain
that we announce the passing of Peter Langeman. Born on September 3, 1932 in Beverley, Saskatchewan, he
grew up in a Mennonite family on a farm in southwestern Saskatchewan. As a
boy growing up on the prairies during the years of the Great Depression, he gained an
big skies and vast landscape, and with this, came great curiosity and thought development, which, as he grew older, evolved into an ability to think clearly and rationally a hallmark of his character that remained steadfast
throughout his life. Scholastically, Peter excelled throughout his school years and was destined for University. Not having enough funds to pay for first year university, Peter elected to work for a year to save money, and it was during the summer of 1951 during a stint as a surveyor’s assistant during the construction of the new Trans Canada Highway, and mentoring by an astute on-site Engineering Supervisor, that paved the way for Peter to then decide that Engineering should be his vocation in life.
Peter studied Civil Engineering, specializing in structures, for 4 years at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, graduating in 1955 with a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering, with Great Distinction. Peter was also awarded a two year fellowship to Britain, allowing him one year of advanced studies in Structures at Imperial College in London and one year with Dorman Long Limited in Yorkshire, Britain’s largest structural steel mill and fabricator at the time, where bridge design, engineering and fabrication were specialities. During the two years of his fellowship, along with engineering colleague, Don Shields, Peter and Don set out on their BSA motorcycles and explored numerous countries in Europe, fulfilling their objective to explore as much of Europe as they could, within their time constraints, before returning to Canada.
As a Professional Engineer, Peter’s productive period began in 1957, working his first 5 years with Dominion Bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, being involved in structural design for high voltage transmission towers throughout the province’s burgeoning period of infrastructure growth. Peter married Susan Heinrichs in 1958, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
In 1963, Peter and Susan, with first son Craig and daughter Sandra in tow, moved to Toronto, where Peter Jr. was born. Peter Sr. thereafter worked more than 35 years with reputable Consulting Engineering firms and Design/Build firms, where his work was pivotal to the structural design and operational success of large coal-fired, nuclear and
gas turbine power stations, university buildings, professional buildings and bridges. In latter years Peter was involved with an Ontario School Board and at a technical college as an Engineering Instructor.
Predeceased by his brother Edward and Arthur, Peter will be greatly missed by his sisters Mary Horst, Helen Langeman and Susie Gutwin, as well as his wife Susan Langeman and son Craig Langeman, with his wife Mariola, daughter Sandra Langeman and son Peter Langeman Jr., with his wife Evelyn and their
Peter commented in later life that the Engineering profession is very fulfilling career-wise, but through his
own experience, an Engineer should not expect social recognition on a grand scale, nor any fanfare or great
accolades to be bestowed upon him or her, so in keeping with his humble beginnings, Peter recognized
early-on about the low-key societal acceptance of the Engineering profession, realizing it just becomes society’s expectation and norm to have a safe bridge to cross, or to have safe roads to travel on, or to work in structurally safe buildings or schools, or to receive a safe electrical supply to one’s home or business. The reward, at the end of the day, was that the concrete and structural steel
project was structurally sound, was “built to code”, and the construction deadline for a given project was met.
This Engineering manifesto would deliver a steady paycheque, and that was, many times, the only reward
at a project’s conclusion for a Professional Engineer, like Peter. Peter was a friend to many, an outstanding Civil Engineer, a great husband, and a great father. He also had a great fondness for the next generation of Engineers that the mantle has been passed onto, and he had every
confidence that they will contribute to the continued growth of this vast and wondrous country.
Peter will be sorely missed.
In his hometown of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, a graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at the Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK followed by a memorial service and reception at 2:00pm at Ashley Park Hall, Swift Current, SK with funeral arrangements by Warren’s Funeral Home.
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